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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (21) / 8/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mariners optioned RHP Taijuan Walker to Triple-A Tacoma.
Walker was recalled to make the start Wednesday afternoon, but a return to Tacoma was always on the agenda. Walker allowed two runs over five innings in the start but was once again wild, walking six and hitting Ruben Tejada in the head with a pitch. He'll continue to refine his command at the minor league level. Jul 23 - 7:17 PM

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Taijuan Walker allowed two earned runs over five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mets.

Walker allowed only two hits but walked six in the shaky outing -- his first at the major league level since July 6. The 21-year-old right-hander is expected to be sent back to Triple-A Tacoma by Thursday afternoon.
Jul 23 - 6:52 PM

Taijuan Walker is expected to be sent down following Wednesday's start.

The Mariners have an off day Monday and plan to go with four starters for a while. Walker could potentially change their mind with a nice effort Wednesday, but it sounds like the top prospect will have a short stay with the big club.
Jul 23 - 2:40 PM

Mariners recalled RHP Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma.

Walker will start on Wednesday against the Mets. The young right-hander has posted a 3.60 ERA while striking out nine over 10 innings in his two starts for the Mariners this season. He isn't guaranteed to stay over the long haul, but his upside makes him a worthy pick-up in any leagues where he's available.
Jul 23 - 1:43 AM

Taijuan Walker will be recalled to start on Wednesday versus the Mets.

Walker has put up a 3.60 ERA while striking out nine over 10 innings in his two starts for the Mariners this season. With James Paxton (lat) slated to return pretty soon, Walker likely has to pitch well in order to remain in the rotation. Still, he makes for a nice streaming option Wednesday at the very least.
Jul 22 - 6:34 PM

Taijuan Walker could be called up to start Wednesday against the Mets.

The Mariners have pushed back Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez to start Thursday and Friday against the Orioles in Seattle, which leaves Wednesday up in the air. Walker is currently scheduled to start Wednesday in Triple-A, so it doesn't take a major leap of logic to say he's the likely option for the assignment.
Jul 21 - 5:57 PM

Mariners right-handed pitching prospect Taijuan Walker went five innings for Triple-A Tacoma, scattering seven hits, three walks, and one hit batsman while allowing two runs and striking out one batter.

Walker allowed only one extra base hit and induced three double plays, which allowed him to hold Reno to only two runs. Walker threw 52 of his 90 pitches for strikes (57.8 percent), which is acceptable. The main knock on Walker is his perpetual struggles with command, which is common for young pitchers.
Jul 19 - 10:39 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rays have talked to the Mariners about Taijuan Walker in a potential trade involving David Price.

It's no surprise, as they had similar discussions over the winter before the M's ultimately decided against dealing Walker. However, now that they're in the thick of the American League Wild Card race, it appears they may be more willing to part with the young hurler. Heyman says the Rays want Walker "plus two or three other top young players" for Price. The Mariners have also talked to the Rays about Ben Zobrist.
Jul 18 - 2:54 PM

Taijuan Walker's next start at Triple-A Tacoma has been pushed back from Thursday to Friday.

Walker is now off schedule to reclaim the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation next Tuesday against the Mets. "Taijuan just needs a little more time," Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said Thursday. "He got up here this year, fairly quick (after battling a shoulder injury). That was, more or less, out of necessity. What we’d like to do is have Taijuan get a few more games under his belt.
Jul 17 - 3:32 PM

Taijuan Walker is scheduled to make another start for Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday in Reno.

Walker allowed just one run over five innings Saturday in Tacoma's defeat of the Giants' Triple-A team, but he struck out only one batter and needed 83 pitches to get through five frames -- which didn't sit well with Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon. "I guess I see things differently than most people," McClendon said Sunday. "I don't see that as a good outing. Five innings, 83 pitches and one strikeout, that's not a good outing to me. And I'm not trying to bash the kid." Walker was expected to rejoin the Mariners' rotation shortly after the All-Star break, but that's not a given now.
Jul 14 - 12:31 PM

Mariners right-handed pitching prospect Taijuan Walker scattered four hits and one walk over five innings, allowing one run for Triple-A Tacoma.

Walker pitched well against a Fresno Bears lineup that included Gary Brown, Adam Duvall, Andrew Susac, and Travis Ishikawa. He threw 50 of his 83 pitches for strikes (60.2 percent), and two of the four hits were double. Walker will be back in the major leagues in about a week to make a start against the New York Mets.
Jul 13 - 12:04 PM

Mariners right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker will make two starts for Triple-A Tacoma, and then return to the Mariners after the All-Star break.

Walker will only miss one major league turn due to the demotion, and will be on track to start against the weak-hitting Mets in Safeco Field when he is brought back up. The 21-year-old right-hander is worth stashing through the All-Star break in most standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 10 - 10:00 AM

Mariners optioned RHP Taijuan Walker to Triple-A Tacoma.

Walker walked five and threw two wild pitches over four shaky innings Sunday against the White Sox. He'll head back to a lower level of competition and continue to work on his craft. The 21-year-old right-hander could still take on fantasy value later this season. In fact, he might be brought back up shortly after the All-Star break.
Jul 9 - 4:38 PM

Taijuan Walker gave out five free passes and threw two wild pitches over his four innings of work against the White Sox on Sunday.

Walker allowed just two hits, but the wildness did him in. The White Sox scored the game's lone run on a wild pitch in the first inning, and he needed 83 pitches to get through four innings. The right-hander is still working his way back from a right shoulder issue, and he should continue to get better as the season wears on. He'll have a tough task in a divisional matchup with the A's on Friday.
Jul 6 - 7:07 PM

Taijuan Walker notched a victory in his 2014 debut after allowing three runs in six innings against the Astros.

George Springer and Marwin Gonzalez took him deep in the contest, but Walker avoided any other damage and got lots of help from the Mariners offense. In all, he threw 94 pitches, 58 of them for strikes. Next up for him is a start in Chicago against the White Sox. He's no sure thing to prove useful in mixed leagues, but he's well worth the flier.
Jul 1 - 12:40 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Brad Miller
2Chris Taylor
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Endy Chavez
3Stefen Romero
CF1James Jones
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Michael Saunders
DH1Kendrys Morales
2Corey Hart
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Roenis Elias
5Chris Young
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Brandon Maurer
4Yoervis Medina
5Charlie Furbush
6Tom Wilhelmsen
7Joe Beimel
8Dominic Leone