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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher | #44

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Supplemental (Rd. 300) / SEA
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Taijuan Walker was charged with five runs -- one earned -- in 7 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the A's.
It'd probably be for the best if unearned runs were simply abolished from our precious statistics, but then every once in a while, you get a situation in which a pitcher is charged with a bunch of runs that he had very little hand in. That was the case with Walker tonight. It took two Chris Taylor errors to open the door for a four-run eighth inning, and with runners on second and third with one out, manager Scott Servais had Walker intentionally walk the light-hitting Billy Burns before pulling him. All three baserunners later came around to score against the pen. Walker deserved much better, but at least the festivities didn't hurt his ERA. May 24 - 1:06 AM

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Taijuan Walker got tagged for four runs (three earned) on five hits, two of those being homers, on Wednesday against the Orioles.

It’s been a tough stretch for Walker, who impressed in April and appeared in the midst of a breakout. In his last three starts, though, he’s allowed 11 runs (eight earned) and five home runs in just 12 2/3 innings. It conjures memories of last year’s disappointing performance, when he served up a whopping 25 homers in 29 starts and posted a 4.56 ERA. Still, it’s too early to panic. The 23-year-old boasts a 2.95 ERA with a 8.65 K/9. He’ll look to get back on track against the Athletics next week.
May 18 - 10:16 PM

Taijuan Walker mixed the good with the bad in a Wednesday no-decision against the Rays, striking out nine while surrendering four runs over 5 2/3 innings.

The nine strikeouts stand as Walker's second-best total this season -- he whiffed 11 batters in a late-April win over the Astros. On Wednesday, a grand slam by Corey Dickerson in the sixth inning accounted for the damage on his line. Neck spasms forced him out of his last start, but unless the team indicates otherwise, he appears to be past that injury. Walker will take a 2.63 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 38/6 K/BB ratio (37 2/3 innings) into a scheduled road start against the Orioles next time he toes the rubber.
May 11 - 7:54 PM

Taijuan Walker (neck) expects to make his next start as scheduled on Wednesday against the Rays.

Walker left Friday's outing with neck spasms, but he had no issues playing catch on Sunday and plans to throw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Monday. All signs point to him being ready.
May 9 - 6:40 PM

Taijuan Walker (neck) played catch Sunday.

Walker had to depart Friday's outing with neck spasms, but he's apparently feeling better. He should be fine to make his next scheduled start on Wednesday versus the Rays, but check back for updates.
May 8 - 12:41 PM

Taijuan Walker said Friday that he's confident he'll be able to make his next scheduled start on Wednesday against the Rays.

Walker was forced to leave Friday's start after two innings due to neck spasms which were a result from sleeping wrong the night prior according to the right-hander. He'll carry a 1.97 ERA and 1.03 WHIP into that next outing.
May 6 - 11:15 PM

Taijuan Walker was forced to leave Friday's start against the Astros due to spasms on the left side of his neck.

Before departing after two innings, he allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits, both of which were home runs. The Mariners should provide an update on his status shortly. At this point, his next start could be in jeopardy.
May 6 - 9:25 PM

Taijuan Walker was dealt his first loss of the 2016 season on Sunday, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings against the Royals.

Walker struck out four and didn't walk a batter on the afternoon. The Royals didn't mount any major rallies against him, simply scratching out single runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings. He'll carry a pristine 1.80 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 29/3 K/BB ratio into Friday's start against the Astros in Houston.
May 1 - 8:18 PM

Taijuan Walker fanned 11 while allowing one run over seven innings Monday in a victory over the Astros.

Striking out 11 Astros isn't the most impressive of feats this year, but it's still nice to see Walker bouncing back after some early velocity troubles. Besides just the strikeouts, he kept the ball on the ground and didn't get a single out in the air tonight. It'd seem to be a very good sign.
Apr 26 - 1:37 AM

Taijuan Walker went six strong innings without giving up an earned run or a single walk in Wednesday night’s win over the Indians.

Walker had his best outing of the year on Wednesday, throwing 78 of his 110 pitches for strikes and striking out a half-dozen Indians. The latter was important because the right-hander hadn’t missed a significant number of bats in his first two starts, with his swinging-strike rate actually checking in at a career-low 8.2 percent. He now owns a 1.50 ERA in 18 innings and is starting to look like the guy we all thought he could be a year ago.
Apr 20 - 9:07 PM

Taijuan Walker pitched well in Wednesday's no-decision against the Rangers, allowing one run on five hits over six innings.

Walker would have been in line for the win, but Joel Peralta coughed up a game-tying solo home run to Delino DeShields in the eighth inning to turn victory into a no-decision. In his six innings of work, the 23-year-old Walker struck out four and walked two. We like him as a solid mixed-league rotational option for the 2016 campaign. In two starts, he has now allowed three runs over 12 innings. He holds an 8/2 K/BB ratio. A road date with the Indians shows next on his schedule.
Apr 13 - 7:10 PM

Taijuan Walker pitched six innings of two-run ball in a no-decision against the A's on Friday.

Just 59 of Walker's 100 pitches were strikes, but he went without a walk tonight. He struck out four. We're expecting Walker to settle in as a quality mixed-league starter this year, though there might be some bumps in the road.
Apr 9 - 1:23 AM

Taijuan Walker struggled in Thursday’s start against the Rockies by giving up six runs in 3 2/3 innings.

It didn’t take long to see that it wasn’t Walker’s day, as he gave up three straight doubles to begin the ballgame. The young right-hander ended up allowing nine hits and one walk while throwing just 47 out of 80 pitches for strikes. Walker was the talk of the Cactus League last spring after posting a 0.67 ERA, but it ended up meaning very little once the regular season began. Fantasy owners will have to hope the same for his 6.88 ERA this spring.
Mar 24 - 8:04 PM

Taijuan Walker held the Royals to one run over five innings in a Cactus League start Saturday.

A solo home run by Jorge Bonifacio was the only damage, and he limited the Royals to just four hits in total. He also struck out four. Walker is rounding into form as Opening Day approaches, and he should improve on last season's 4.56 ERA in 2016.
Mar 19 - 7:26 PM

Taijuan Walker was touched up for four runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Walker at least struck out three and didn't walk anyone, but obviously he wasn't terribly sharp in this one. The young right-hander has given up six runs and 12 hits across 8 1/3 frames this spring, but he does boast a 9/1 K/BB ratio over that stretch.
Mar 14 - 9:02 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Nori Aoki
CF1Leonys Martin
2Shawn O'Malley
RF1Seth Smith
2Franklin Gutierrez
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Joel Peralta
5Tony Zych
6Nick Vincent
7Evan Scribner
8Ryan Cook
9Vidal Nuno
10Mike Montgomery
11Steve Johnson