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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Taijuan Walker was touched up for four runs over just 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.
Things started out well enough for Walker, as he held the Jays off the scoreboard for the first four innings. That's when things unraveled, with both Ryan Goins and Edwin Encarnacion taking him deep in the fifth. Walker walked four on the day while yielding six hits. The youngster will take a disappointing 7.33 ERA into next weekend's start against the Indians. May 24 - 4:10 PM

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Taijuan Walker yielded four runs over 3 2/3 innings but got a no-decision in Tuesday's 9-4 loss to the Orioles.

Thankfully for Walker, Nelson Cruz had hit a three-run home run to give him some cushion, so he left in a tie ballgame. Walker allowed a ton of base runners, walking four while allowing seven hits and striking out only three. The 22-year-old has been very Jekyll-and-Hyde so far, typically either pitching very well or getting hammered. He owns an unsightly 7.47 ERA with a 1.85 WHIP and a 36/19 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings. If he's going to rebound, he'll have to do so against the powerful Blue Jays on Sunday in Toronto.
May 19 - 10:37 PM

Taijuan Walker held the Padres to two runs in six innings but took the loss Wednesday.

Walker pitched perfectly fine, striking out six and walking only one, but he couldn't keep pace with James Shields. The young right-hander has been all over the place this year, making him an extremely shaky mixed league proposition. It's worth noting that he's striking out a batter an inning and retains plenty of shine. Now 1-4 with a 7.22 ERA, Walker next tangos with the Orioles to kick off a two-start week.
May 14 - 1:13 AM

The Mariners have flipped Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias in the starting rotation.

This means that Walker will start Wednesday against the Padres while Elias will get the call Thursday against the Red Sox. The Mariners had an off-day on Monday, so Walker will still be going on regular rest.
May 12 - 12:30 PM

Taijuan Walker pitched five innings and allowed three runs Friday in a no-decision against the A's.

Walker struck out six and walked two. Considering that he was coming off a massacre in a loss to Houston, this isn't such a bad result. At the very least, he put off any decisions about his future for another week.
May 9 - 2:14 AM

Taijuan Walker was knocked around by the Astros on Saturday, surrendering eight runs (seven earned)--including three home runs--in just three innings.

Walker was coming off of one of his best starts of the season after shutting down the Rangers over seven innings on Monday, but he followed it up with one of his worst. The Mariners held an early 3-0 lead before Walker squandered the advantage. The Astros scored two runs on a few light hits in the second inning. The hits were not so light in the third, when a two-run homer by Evan Gattis and a solo Colby Rasmus shot put the Astros up 5-3. Walker allowed two singles to open the fourth before a three-run homer by Jose Altuve ended his night. He now holds a 7.54 ERA and a 2.04 WHIP, plus a 21/12 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings. A slight positive, at least: He's walked only two over his last ten innings, an improvement over his free-pass slinging ways to open the season. Walker will try to put this one behind him when he faces the A's in his next start.
May 3 - 12:07 AM

Taijuan Walker was dominant against the Rangers in a win on Monday, allowing just an unearned run in seven innings.

The unearned run scored in the fourth inning, when Brad Miller made a poor throw after fielding an Elvis Andrus grounder, which would have otherwise been an inning-ending out. Walker gave up six hits, walked one, and struck out five. The right-hander had racked up three mediocre starts to begin the season. Monday's outing lowers his ERA to 6.86. He's also carrying an abysmal 2.29 WHIP and a 19/11 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. Walker will look for continued success when he faces the Astros in Houston next.
Apr 27 - 11:50 PM

Taijuan Walker held the Astros to one run in 5 1/3 innings but picked up a no-decision as the Mariners lost on Tuesday.

Control was again a problem for Walker as he issued four free passes, bumping his total up to 10 in 12 2/3 innings to begin the season. On the other hand, he allowed only four hits and struck out eight. As far as results go, Tuesday's outing was a vast improvement over his first two starts, but he will need to cut down on the walks to succeed over the course of the 2015 season. He'll take a 10.66 ERA into a road start against the Rangers next.
Apr 22 - 1:20 AM

Taijuan Walker was detonated again on Wednesday, this time for five runs on six hits and four walks across four innings in a loss to the Dodgers.

The hoping-to-contend Mariners have an interesting decision on their hands. They don't want to hurt the gifted Walker's confidence by shipping him to the minors prematurely, but this is the second straight start out of the chute where the opponent tacked up three runs in the first inning and the game appeared over prematurely. Though he gave up only two earned runs in 27 innings this spring, Walker has been a different -- and frankly bewildered -- pitcher since the season started, going 0-2 with a 17.18 ERA, detached steering wheel control and a WHIP near 3.
Apr 16 - 1:27 AM

Taijuan Walker was lit up for nine runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings by the A's on Friday.

Walker gave up two earned runs in 27 innings this spring and three in his first inning of the regular season. It looked like he was settling down in the second and third, retiring five in a row at one point, but he then gave up hits to three of the four batters he faced to begin the fourth. Manager Lloyd McClendon then chose to have him intentionally walk Ben Zobrist and pulled him. It was a 6-0 game at that point, but all three inherited runners came around to score off Tom Wilhelmsen. Hopefully, Walker can put this one behind him in short order. The talent is certainly there, and while the command was lacking tonight, it seemed much improved during the spring. Don't go dropping him over one outing.
Apr 11 - 1:17 AM

Taijuan Walker gave up one run in two innings of work in his final spring tune-up against the Rockies on Saturday.

Walker made only one mistake, serving up a solo home run to Justin Morneau in the second inning. It was the only hit he allowed along with one walk and two strikeouts. Walker has had a fantastic spring, ending with a 0.67 ERA and a 26/5 K/BB ratio in 27 innings. He'll pitch out of the back of the Mariners' rotation and could provide good mixed league value provided he can stay healthy.
Apr 4 - 6:04 PM

Taijuan Walker was again terrific, limiting the Angels to one run in seven innings as the Mariners won 5-3 on Monday.

The run, which came on a second-inning Matt Joyce home run, was the first run Walker had allowed all spring. The Angels were only able to scratch across two other hits, and the right-hander struck out five while walking none. Now with the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation secured, he's carrying a 0.36 ERA with a 24/4 K/BB ratio in 25 innings in Cactus League action.
Mar 30 - 6:31 PM

Taijuan Walker has won the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation.

It was a mere formality at this point but became official when Roenis Elias was optioned to Triple-A Sunday. Walker has been unscored upon over 18 frames while boasting a 19/4 K/BB ratio. The Mariners will monitor his innings this season, but the young right-hander makes for an intriguing mid- to late-round gamble in fantasy leagues.
Mar 29 - 1:26 PM

Taijuan Walker is next scheduled to start on Monday, while Roenis Elias is not currently penciled in for any more Cactus League starts.

As Bob Dutton of the Tacoma New Tribune notes, it's a pretty clear indication that Walker will be the Mariners' No. 5 starter even if the team hasn't announced it yet. While Elias holds a 6.75 ERA and 8/7 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings this spring, Walker is unscored upon over 18 frames while boasting a 19/4 K/BB ratio. The 22-year-old looks to have won the job going away and is a potential breakout performer from the back-end of an impressive Mariners rotation.
Mar 27 - 10:29 AM

Taijuan Walker twirled six scoreless innings Wednesday night against the Cubs.

It wasn't a loaded lineup for Chicago -- no Kris Bryant or Anthony Rizzo -- but Walker probably would have dominated anybody the way he was pitching. The 22-year-old right-hander has now logged 18 scoreless innings this spring and should have a firm grip on the final spot in the Mariners' season-opening rotation. Walker needs to be drafted in most standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 26 - 9:37 AM

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