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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher | #99

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / SEA
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Taijuan Walker lasted just one inning in his start versus the Dodgers on Friday, allowing four runs and taking a loss in Game 1 of the NLDS.
He let the first five hitters he faced reach base. He surrendered a three-run homer to Justin Turner and an RBI double to Yasiel Puig before recording an out in the ballgame. He threw 48 pitches in the first inning and didn't come back out for the second. Zack Godley relieved him and allowed three runs over the next five innings. Walker turned in a fine 3.49 ERA in 28 starts in his first season with the Diamondbacks. Oct 7 - 2:28 AM

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Taijuan Walker will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, the Diamondbacks confirmed Thursday.

Torey Lovullo wasn't willing to commit to anything beyond Game 1, but expectations are that Robbie Ray will start Game 2, as long as his arm responds well after Wednesday's relief appearance (everything seems good so far). Zack Greinke is expected to start Game 3. Walker, who was 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts versus the Dodgers this year, is getting the nod over Patrick Corbin and Zack Godley.
Oct 5 - 7:12 PM

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said he could go with Taijuan Walker, Zack Godley, or Patrick Corbin as his NLDS Game 1 starter against the Dodgers.

Robbie Ray would have gotten the Game 1 nod had he not been used in relief in Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game victory over the Rockies. Ray figures to start Game 2 of the NLDS, with Wild Card Game starter Zack Greinke following in Game 3. There should be an official announcement from Lovullo by late Friday morning.
Oct 5 - 8:32 AM

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said the reason Taijuan Walker isn't on the Wild Card 25-man roster is that he could start Game 1 of the NLDS if Arizona advances.

The general assumption is that the Game 1 start will go to Robbie Ray, but if Ray is needed in Wednesday night's Wild Card Game, Walker would be the next natural choice. In two starts in Dodger Stadium this year, Walker had an ERA of 1.64 with 11 strikeouts in as many innings.
Oct 4 - 5:20 PM

Taijuan Walker limited the Royals to one run over five innings in a no-decision Saturday.

Walker surrendered just three hits and a walk while striking out six to close the book on his 2017 regular season. It was a season that held many ups and downs for the 25-year-old, finishing 9-9 with a 3.49 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 28 starts. It wasn't the peak of his potential, but it was still a solid first year in the desert. Arbitration-eligible through 2020, Walker will return to the Diamondbacks' rotation in 2018.
Oct 1 - 12:16 AM

Taijuan Walker allowed seven runs - three earned - and six hits with three walks and six strikeouts over just 3 2/3 innings in a loss against the Marlins on Saturday.

Walker committed a pair of errors to put himself behind the 8-ball, and he also uncorked a wild pitch which did not help him any. He'll look to get back on track in the interleague series opener next Friday in Kansas City.
Sep 24 - 12:38 AM

Taijuan Walker struggled in Sunday's loss to the Giants, allowing four runs on seven hits over his five innings.

The right-hander fanned four on the afternoon while walking three. Most of the damage against him came during a three-run uprising in the fifth inning. Now 9-8 on the season, Walker will look to get back on track when he takes on the Marlins at home on Saturday.
Sep 17 - 7:16 PM

Taijuan Walker allowed two earned runs, four hits and five walks with six strikeouts across six innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Rockies.

Walker threw 59 of his 95 pitches for strikes, turning back-to-back quality starts for the first time since July 14-25. However, his streak of three straight starts with a victory came to an end with the no-decision. Still, he hasn't lost since Aug. 16, a span of five outings. He'll look to get back into the win column Sunday afternoon in San Francisco opposite Chris Stratton.
Sep 13 - 1:27 AM

Taijuan Walker held the Dodgers to one run over six innings and doubled in a run as the Diamondbacks prevailed 3-1 on Wednesday.

The Diamondbacks are up to 13 wins in a row. Walker knocked in the team's only run against Kenta Maeda with his first double of the year. He still would have been left with a no-decision, except the Diamondbacks were able to score twice off Luis Avilan in the top of the seventh. Jorge De La Rosa, Archie Bradley and Fernando Rodney finished up the four-hitter from there. Walker's ERA is down to 3.33.
Sep 7 - 1:44 AM

Taijuan Walker pitched five scoreless innings and struck out 10 as the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 9-5 on Friday.

All those strikeouts, plus three walks, drove up Walker's pitch count, but the Diamondbacks will take five scoreless from him every time out. Walker lowered his ERA to 3.42 tonight. He's just 8-7, in part because he doesn't pitch deep into games. Run support has been a factor, though, and the Diamondbacks are 13-10 in his starts.
Sep 2 - 1:09 AM

Taijuan Walker pitched 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball to beat the Giants on Saturday.

Walker is finally back on the board after going two months since his last win on June 21. He had turned in six quality starts since his previous victory, with some near misses as well (including Monday, when he went 5 1/3 scoreless in a no-decision). Walker is 7-7 with a solid 3.55 ERA overall.
Aug 27 - 12:39 AM

Taijuan Walker worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings Monday in a no-decision against the Mets.

Arizona eventually won the game in extra innings, with the decision going to reliever Jimmie Sherfy. Walker surrendered seven hits but issued only one walk and struck out four. The 25-year-old right-hander will carry a cool 3.66 ERA into his next start at home against the out-of-contention Giants.
Aug 21 - 11:20 PM

Taijuan Walker gave up five runs -- three earned -- in five innings and was charged with a loss to the Astros on Wednesday.

He gave up a solo home run to Carlos Beltran in the second inning. He walked in one of the two runs he allowed in the third inning, then surrendered a pair of unearned runs in the fourth. Altogether he surrendered nine hits and two walks while fanning three batters in the loss. The former Mariners elite prospect falls to 6-7 with a 3.83 ERA in 20 starts in his first season as a Diamondback.
Aug 16 - 11:51 PM

Taijuan Walker allowed five runs - four earned - and five hits with three walks and just two strikeouts over five innings in a home loss on Friday against the Cubs.

Walker threw just 65 of his 109 pitches for strikes as his record fell to 6-6. The Diamondbacks have lost each of Walker's past six outings, and he has dropped three straight decisions since his last victory way back on June 21 in Colorado. He'll look to get it right on Wednesday in his next start, but he faces another tough matchup in Houston.
Aug 12 - 1:48 AM

Taijuan Walker yielded three earned runs over six-plus innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Giants.

Walker was cruising until the bottom of the seventh inning, when he gave up back-to-back doubles and a Hunter Pence two-run homer. San Francisco would go on to win the game 5-4 in extras. Walker allowed just six hits in all while striking out six batters and issuing zero walks. The young right-hander owns a 3.60 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 98/36 K/BB ratio in 105 innings this year.
Aug 6 - 1:01 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Chris Herrmann
3Jeff Mathis
4John Ryan Murphy
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2Christian Walker
2B1Brandon Drury
2Adam Rosales
3Daniel Descalso
4Kristopher Negron
5Ildemaro Vargas
SS1Chris Owings
2Ketel Marte
3Nick Ahmed
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1David Peralta
2Yasmany Tomas
3Jeremy Hazelbaker
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Reymond Fuentes
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Gregor Blanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Zack Greinke
2Taijuan Walker
3Robbie Ray
4Patrick Corbin
5Zack Godley
6Shelby Miller
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Archie Bradley
3David Hernandez
4Andrew Chafin
5T.J. McFarland
6Jorge De La Rosa
7Jake Barrett
8Randall Delgado
9Jimmie Sherfy
10Silvino Bracho
11JJ Hoover
12Braden Shipley
13Anthony Banda