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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 pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Friday.
Walker came up one out shy of a quality start, surrendering a double and an RBI single with two outs in the sixth. Walker has a 4.57 ERA after four starts, but his other stats are very solid; he's struck out 22, walked seven and given up two homers in 21 2/3 innings. It's just not going to be very easy for him to post a strong ERA in Arizona. Apr 22 - 1:41 AM

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Taijuan Walker surrendered one run on four hits over five innings in Sunday's win over the Dodgers.

Walker struck out seven and walked one on the afternoon. The lone run to score on his watch came when Yasiel Puig burned him for an RBI double in the fourth inning. This was Walker's sharpest start of the young season, as he had previously surrendered at least two runs in each of his first two starts. The 24-year-old right-hander will look for similarly respectable results when he takes to the home mound against these same Dodgers next time out.
Apr 16 - 8:27 PM

Taijuan Walker yielded three runs -- two earned -- over five innings Monday in a loss to the Giants.

All three of those runs scored on a botched bunt play in the bottom of the fourth inning, with Walker and catcher Jeff Mathis both committing throwing errors. Walker gave up five total hits and walked four in the afternoon outing at AT&T Park. He struck out two. Walker will bring a 1-1 record and 4.91 ERA into his next start on the road against the Dodgers.
Apr 10 - 7:30 PM

The Diamondbacks will install a humidor at Chase Field in an attempt to help their pitchers' grip.

The Diamondbacks are off to a 2-1 start in the early going, but their pitching has been less than sterling in that small sample. The team has given up 19 runs in that three-game space. Whether the humidor will actually help their pitchers is an open question, but anything to gain a possible small advantage.
Apr 6 - 12:14 PM

Taijuan Walker picked up his first win with the Diamondbacks in Wednesday's game against the Giants, allowing four runs on seven hits over six innings.

Walker came over to the Diamondbacks in a trade with the Mariners this offseason. Making his regular-season debut on Wednesday, the results were mostly middling. He did strike out seven on the evening, but the Giants uncoiled for a run in the second on an infield single by Joe Panik, then scored twice more in the third before Brandon Belt put a loud bow on the scoring damage against Walker with a solo home run in the fifth. The 24-year-old right-hander has flashed arm talent throughout his career, but managed just a 4.22 ERA in 134 1/3 frames while battling a foot injury and inconsistency last season. He will take on these same Giants in San Francisco next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 6 - 1:01 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Jeff Mathis
3Chris Herrmann
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Brandon Drury
2Daniel Descalso
SS1Chris Owings
2Nick Ahmed
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1Yasmany Tomas
2Jeremy Hazelbaker
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Socrates Brito
RF1David Peralta
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
7Tom Wilhelmsen
8Archie Bradley
9Jorge De La Rosa
10JJ Hoover
11Silvino Bracho