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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Thursday that Taijuan Walker "is most likely done for the year."
The Mariners have decided to start Vidal Nuno on Friday instead of Walker, who will be shut down in order to keep his workload in check. Walker's 169 2/3 innings this season surpassed his previous career high by 28 1/3 frames. "I weighed a lot of things," McClendon said. "Ensuring that he’s healthy and goes into next season feeling good about what he’s accomplished this year, that outweighed everything else." Sep 25 - 11:52 AM

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Taijuan Walker is apparently done for the season.

Vidal Nuno is listed as the Mariners' scheduled starter for Friday night's series opener in Anaheim. There should be some kind of official word soon from the M's.
Sep 24 - 3:46 PM

Taijuan Walker gave up only one run in seven innings as the Mariners routed the Angels on Monday.

Walker allowed the game's first run when Erick Aybar pushed in a run after hitting into a double play. From there, the Mariners would score 10 unanswered runs. The right-hander limited the Angels to only four hits (all singles) while striking out seven and walking none. Walker has a 4.56 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP and a 157/40 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. He'll look for similar results in his next start against the Rangers on the road.
Sep 15 - 1:40 AM

Taijuan Walker's next turn in the rotation is expected to be skipped following Monday's start.

Walker has already tossed 162 2/3 innings this season, which easily exceeds last year's 129 frames and his previous career high of 141 1/3 innings. It's been an uneven first full season in the majors for Walker, who boasts a 150/40 K/BB ratio but also a 4.70 ERA.
Sep 13 - 12:33 PM

Taijuan Walker lasted only three innings, serving up six runs (five earned) in a losing effort versus the Rangers.

The Rangers jumped on Walker for three home runs. Mitch Moreland hit a solo shot in the second inning, Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run bomb in the third, and Rougned Odor hit a two-run round-tripper in the fourth. They were three of six hits the right-hander gave up while walking none and striking out two. Walker is near the end of an inconsistent season, dragging a 4.70 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and a 150/40 K/BB ratio over 162 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Rockies in a home outing next.
Sep 9 - 1:41 AM

Taijuan Walker (hip) allowed three earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Astros.

Seattle wound up winning the game 8-3. Walker pitched good but not great, allowing five hits, walking three, and striking out three while pitching into the seventh inning against a first-place Astros team. The young right-hander left his last start early with cramping in his right hip flexor, but it was obviously nothing too serious. He'll take on the Rangers at home next week.
Sep 3 - 9:03 AM

Taijuan Walker was forced to leave Friday's start against the White Sox due to a cramp in his right hip flexor.

Walker had been absolutely dealing before his departure, allowing just three hits and a walk over 6 1/3 shutout frames. The Mariners are calling his exit precautionary, though there's always the chance that it could force him to miss his next scheduled start.
Aug 29 - 12:25 AM

Taijuan Walker improved to 9-7 in Sunday's win over the White Sox, though he also surrendered five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

The M's held a 7-1 lead entering the sixth inning, but Walker did his best to attempt to undo their offensive efforts. He allowed five runs in the frame, including two-run homers by Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche. The late scuffles took a bit of the gleam off what had been a nice start until that doomed sixth. For the season, Walker holds a 4.73 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 139/36 K/BB ratio covering 146 2/3 innings. These same White Sox will be the opponent in his next start as well, though that one will be played in Chicago rather than Seattle.
Aug 23 - 7:25 PM

Taijuan Walker took a no-decision in Monday's loss to the Rangers, giving up three runs in six innings.

Walker somehow gave up only three runs despite giving up 10 hits and a walk and recording three strikeouts. Adrian Beltre did most of the damage, ripping RBI doubles in the first and third innings. The right-hander has a 4.60 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a 135/36 K/BB ratio over 141 innings. Walker will oppose the White Sox at home in his next start.
Aug 17 - 11:09 PM

Taijuan Walker gave up two runs in six innings, taking a no-decision in Tuesday's 10-inning win over the Orioles.

Walker allowed both runs in the first inning on a Jonathan Schoop two-run single. He scattered five hits and a walk while striking out six, his third consecutive solid outing. The right-hander has a disappointing 4.60 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and a 132/35 K/BB ratio over 135 innings. Walker takes the hill in Texas against the Rangers next.
Aug 12 - 1:50 AM

Taijuan Walker allowed three earned runs over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Rockies.

Seattle wound up losing in extra innings. Walker was looking very sharp until the bottom of the sixth, when a Drew Stubbs double and a Nolan Arenado walk preceded a Carlos Gonzalez three-run blast. Walker still managed to pitch into the eighth, needing only 101 pitches to do so. He'll hope for better luck next time out against the Orioles.
Aug 5 - 7:21 PM

Taijuan Walker pitched a one-hitter and struck out 11 as the Mariners beat the Twins 6-1 on Friday.

The lone hit was Miguel Sano's solo homer in the fourth inning. It's Walker's first career complete-game victory (he had one other complete game, but it was an eight-inning loss to the Blue Jays last season). He might be prone to bouts with inconsistency, but he should still be worth riding in mixed leagues the rest of the way.
Aug 1 - 2:47 AM

Taijuan Walker posted a serviceable outing in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Sunday, surrendering four runs (three earned) on six hits over six innings.

Walker had allowed five or more runs in three straight starts. He halted that streak, barely, in allowing a Josh Donaldson solo homer in the first inning and another three runs in the second. One of which came home on a Walker balk. He struck out six and walked three in the outing. His recent struggles have caused his ERA to balloon to 5.03 and he's pitched to a 1.30 WHIP while recording a 110/30 K/BB ratio across 112 2/3 innings. The strikeout rate is solid, but that's about all he has going for him at this juncture. He'll face the Twins at Target Field in his next start.
Jul 26 - 7:49 PM

Taijuan Walker was pummeled by the Tigers in a no-decision, allowing six runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings, but the Mariners still pulled out a victory on Tuesday.

This is the third consecutive start in which Walker allowed five-plus runs. The right-hander served up seven hits, two of which were home runs, while walking none and striking out four. The 22-year-old has tons of promise but he's been rather inconsistent this season, currently carrying a 5.06 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP and a 104/27 K/BB ratio in 106 2/3 innings. Walker will try to turn things around in a home start against the Blue Jays next.
Jul 21 - 11:18 PM

Taijuan Walker was destroyed by the Angels on Sunday, coughing up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in five-plus innings.

Walker had allowed three runs entering the sixth inning, but that frame rapidly turned into a house of horrors for the right-hander. He started off the inning by hitting Mike Trout with a pitch, then allowed a single to Albert Pujols before committing a run-scoring error on an Erick Aybar grounder. David Freese proceeded to double home two runs to knock Walker out of the game. If you're looking for a positive in this debacle, the occasionally walk-happy pitcher did strike out seven without issuing a free pass. Positive. Walker enters the All-Star Break with a tough 4.84 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 100/27 K/BB ratio in 102 1/3 innings, though it should be noted that prior to Sunday's implosion, he held a 1.68 ERA across his last seven starts.
Jul 12 - 7:16 PM