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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Taijuan Walker recorded five strikeouts while tossing four shutout innings in Thursday's Cactus League game versus the Indians.

He walked two and hit a batter but allowed just two singles. It's another terrific effort from Walker, who now boasts 12 shutout frames and a 13/3 K/BB ratio to start off his Cactus League season. His primary competitor for the fifth spot in the rotation, Roenis Elias, has allowed four runs and 13 hits over 7 2/3 innings. Fantasy owners are certainly rooting for the 22-year-old Walker to win the gig.
Mar 19 - 11:51 PM

Taijuan Walker threw three hitless innings Saturday as the Mariners topped the Diamondbacks in Cactus League play.

Walker walked one and struck out two on the afternoon. He was hit by a comebacker in his final inning but was alright, throwing some more in the bullpen following the start. The 22-year-old has now thrown eight shutout innings this spring, striking out eight in that span. Long considered a top prospect for the M's, this could finally be the year his promise pays off.
Mar 14 - 7:25 PM

Taijuan Walker began his spring with a pair of scoreless innings on Wednesday against the Padres.

The right-hander struck out two, walked none, and allowed one hit. Walker is competing with Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez for the last spot in the Mariners' starting rotation, so he has plenty of incentive to show his best stuff this spring. The 22-year-old battled shoulder issues last year and accrued only 38 innings in the big leagues en route to a 2.61 ERA.
Mar 4 - 6:35 PM

Taijuan Walker will compete with Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez for the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation.

"The more competition, the better," Walker said. "It brings the best out of everyone who is fighting for a spot." The top prospect is obviously the big name here, but Elias could be the favorite for the No. 5 spot after posting a 3.85 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 29 starts last season. Walker did finish strong with a 1.96 ERA in September and also pitched well in two Arizona Fall League starts. Fantasy owners will be rooting for him during spring training.
Jan 25 - 10:36 AM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said in an interview on MLB Network Radio on Sunday that he isn't motivated to trade any of his starting pitching.

Of course that doesn't sound like anything more than posturing heading into the winter meetings, as he's not going to admit that he's desperate to unload from a position of strength to land the big bat he's seeking. There's still a strong chance that Taijuan Walker or another M's starter is indeed dealt before spring training.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 06:06:00 PM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik confirmed Sunday that Taijuan Walker has left Surprise in the Arizona Fall League to return to his home in California.

The M's noted that he is fully healthy, and that it was a personal decision for Walker to return home. The prized right-hander was scheduled to throw 30 innings in the Fall showcase after missing time during the regular season due to a shoulder injury. He threw just nine innings, allowing a pair of runs on seven hits while posting an 11/2 K/BB ratio. He will continue his regular offseason training program and is expected to be fully ready for spring training.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 11:43:00 PM

Taijuan Walker will pitch 30 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

Walker missed some time this season with a shoulder injury, so the Mariners want to get him some more innings going into the offseason. The 22-year-old posted a 2.61 ERA and 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings across five starts and three relief appearances in the majors this year and should be a popular late-round flier in mixed leagues in 2015.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 11:24:00 AM

Taijuan Walker tossed an eight-inning complete game, allowing only one run, but suffered the loss on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Walker was out-dueled by Mark Buehrle, who was just a bit better on this particular evening. The right-hander limited the Jays to four hits and a walk while striking out six. The only run scored in the bottom of the eighth on a Ryan Goins RBI single. Walker didn't pitch deep in games after returning from his right shoulder injury in late June, but posted solid results in five starts and three relief appearances, ending his season with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 09:16:00 PM

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