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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher | #99

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / SEA
Contract: view contract details
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Taijuan Walker was none too impressive in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Angels, yielding six runs (three earned) on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.
Four of the six runs on Walker's line scored on a pair of home runs, with Albert Pujols and Carlos Perez taking him deep for two-run shots in the first and fourth innings, respectively. Adventurous fantasy players might want to take a late flier on Walker, but injuries and inconsistency led to a 4.22 ERA across 134 1/3 innings with the Mariners a year ago. We do like the upside here, assuming Walker does not suffer a recurrence of the foot injury which plagued him through the 2016 campaign. Mar 25 - 7:15 PM

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Taijuan Walker was up-and-down in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Cubs, surrendering a pair of home runs while striking out eight over four innings.

This was the first time in three spring starts that Walker allowed a run. Kris Bryant picked up an RBI single against him in the third inning. The fireworks did not truly come until the fourth inning, though, when Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell hit back-to-back solo homers. While pitching for the Mariners this past season, a nagging foot injury limited Walker to just 134 1/3 innings pitched. The Diamondbacks traded for him near the end of November. If he can stay healthy, he offers an upside arm.
Mar 16 - 1:00 AM

Taijuan Walker delivered three shutout innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the White Sox.

Walker gave up a harmless single in the top of the third to White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez. He finished with two strikeouts -- and no walks -- giving him five strikeouts through five scoreless innings this spring. The 24-year-old right-hander will probably go four innings next time out.
Mar 5 - 5:17 PM

Taijuan Walker struck out three batters over two scoreless innings in his Cactus League debut Tuesday versus the Rangers.

Walker gave up a two-out single in the first inning and a two-out single in the second, but he was otherwise sharp in his first live appearance wearing a Diamondbacks uniform. Arizona acquired the talented 24-year-old right-hander from the Mariners as part of the November trade that sent Jean Segura to Seattle. He is locked into a spot near the top of the Diamondbacks rotation.
Feb 28 - 4:04 PM

Taijuan Walker lost his arbitration hearing against the Diamondbacks.

Walker requested $2.6 million when arbitration figures were exchanged in January, but he'll make the $2.25 million salary which was filed by the Diamondbacks. It's a little awkward to go a hearing with a player who was just acquired, but the two sides will attempt to move forward. Walker, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time as a Super Two player, posted a 4.22 ERA and 119/37 K/BB ratio over 134 1/3 innings last season with Seattle.
Feb 14 - 1:04 PM

Taijuan Walker requested $2.6 million and was offered $2.25 million by the Diamondbacks when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

He was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $2.8 million, which is higher than the figure submitted by Walker. Arbitration-eligible for the first time as a Super-2 player, Walker registered a 4.22 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 119/37 K/BB ratio over 134 1/3 innings for the Mariners in 2016.
Jan 13 - 10:26 PM

Taijuan Walker said Thursday that he was dealing with 10 bone spurs in his right foot this past season.

Ouch. Walker said that the bone spurs impacted his ability to push off and use lower body, which would certainly explain why he faded after getting off to a strong start. He finally had surgery in October to remove a bone fragment from his ankle. The Diamondbacks acquired him as the centerpiece of the Jean Segura trade last week and clearly believe in his potential. Interestingly, Walker noted Thursday that he would like to use his two-seamer more often, especially as he makes the move to Chase Field. Walker gave up 27 home runs in just 134 1/3 innings this past season.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 04:20:00 PM

Diamondbacks acquired RHP Taijuan Walker and SS Ketel Marte from the Mariners for 2B Jean Segura, OF Mitch Haniger and LHP Zac Curtis.

A Thanksgiving Eve blockbuster. In Walker, the Diamondbacks will be bringing in a 24-year-old right-hander who still figures to have several years of development left on his bones before he reaches whatever his ceiling might hold for him. This past season, he pitched to a 4.22 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 119/37 K/BB ratio across 25 starts covering 134 1/3 innings. Foot and ankle injuries took their toll during the summer and Walker underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone fragment from his right ankle in mid-October. He is expected to be ready for spring training, albeit wearing all new duds.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 10:57:00 PM

Taijuan Walker underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to remove a bone fragment from his right ankle.

Walker first started having issues with his ankle in June and his performance certainly seemed to suffer, as he posted a 5.68 ERA from July on after going into the month with a 3.29 mark. He's expected to be 100 percent at the start of spring training and hopefully this will help lead to more consistent results for him in 2017.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 06:49:00 PM

Taijuan Walker is mulling offseason surgery on his right foot.

Walker has been battling through a foot issue since June. It's unclear at this point what kind of operation he'd require or how long his rehab would be, but the righty would likely be ready by the time spring training rolls around.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 03:24:00 PM

Taijuan Walker limited the A's to one run and two hits in six innings Friday.

Walker never seemed quite right after hurting his foot in July, but he's managed to give the Mariners five decent starts in a row anyway and they've won four of them. His regular season concludes with an 8-11 record, a 4.22 ERA and a 119/37 K/BB ratio in 134 1/3 innings. The potential is still there for him to do much better.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 01:21:00 AM

Taijuan Walker surrendered three runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Walker's foot still isn't quite right, and we'd say that has something to do with his inconsistent results, though it's certainly fair to say he's been inconsistent since the day he entered the league. He fell to 6-11 with a 4.32 ERA after this one. He'll make his next start Sunday in Minnesota.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 01:49:00 AM

Taijuan Walker was superb in Tuesday's complete game, 8-0 win over the Angels and did not allow a hit until the seventh inning.

Walker was actually pitching a perfect game until a Ketel Marte error in the sixth inning foiled his efforts. He would lose the no-hitter altogether by allowing a single to Kole Calhoun to lead off the seventh inning. The 24-year-old right-hander finished his evening having struck out a career-high-tying 11 batters. Foot issues stole much of the middle of the season from Walker, but Tuesday's showing was a reminder of what he can do when he is right. He will try for similarly strong results when he brings his 4.28 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 103/26 K/BB ratio (117 2/3 innings) into a home start against the Blue Jays next time he toes the rubber.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 12:51:00 AM

Taijuan Walker turned in a forgettable start in Thursday's win over the Rangers, allowing three runs on seven hits over five innings.

Walker struck out three and walked two in what was a fine -- if unspectacular -- outing. The Rangers struck for two in the third inning courtesy of RBI singles by Carlos Beltran and Rougned Odor. Ian Desmond would bop a solo home run in the fifth to polish off the scoring on Walker's line. Since being recalled on August 24, the 24-year-old right-hander has allowed at least four runs in three of four starts, with Thursday's outing the lone exception. A road date with the Angels shows next on his schedule.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 01:33:00 AM

Taijuan Walker couldn't even make it through the first inning, getting pounded for six runs -- including three consecutive home runs -- in a loss to the Angels on Saturday.

He drilled the first batter he faced, then got drilled for home runs by the next three batters in a row. He gave up another pair of runs before being yanked from the game having retired only two batters total in the brief and ugly outing. He has pitched poorly in each of his three starts since being recalled from Triple-A last week. Overall he is 4-10 with a 4.60 ERA in 20 starts. His potential is obvious but owners should keep him on their bench until he shows signs of life. He is too dangerous to trust down the stretch or in the fantasy playoffs.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 01:36:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jeff Mathis
2Chris Herrmann
3Chris Iannetta
4Oscar Hernandez
5Hank Conger
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Brandon Drury
2Daniel Descalso
SS1Chris Owings
2Nick Ahmed
3Ketel Marte
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1Yasmany Tomas
2Jeremy Hazelbaker
3Gregor Blanco
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Socrates Brito
RF1David Peralta
2Reymond Fuentes
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Zack Greinke
2Taijuan Walker
3Robbie Ray
4Shelby Miller
5Patrick Corbin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Jake Barrett
3Randall Delgado
4Enrique Burgos
5Andrew Chafin
6Steve Hathaway
7Silvino Bracho
8Archie Bradley
9Zack Godley
10Jorge De La Rosa
11Rubby De La Rosa
12JJ Hoover
13Tom Wilhelmsen
14Kevin Jepsen