The Book on Taijuan Walker
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Taijuan Walker / RHP, SEA
Yucaipa, CA, USA
7 | 8/1/2014
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (8/20/2014): #7
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #6
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #9
Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
Baseball America 2014: #11
Baseball Prospectus: #8
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
The Mariners' first round pick in 2010, righthander Taijuan Walker looks like a number one starter on almost any MLB team. On the Mariners, that probably makes him a number three. (This team's pitching depth is just plain sick.)
Walker's progress took leaps and bounds forward after a step back in 2013, including some time in Safeco in which he looked more than capable of holding his own.
Walker works mainly with a 94mph darting fastball that has great late movement, and when he mixes in a sometimes-effective straight change at 82mph, the fastball is nearly unhittable. His breaking pitch is a slurvy curve that isn't yet ready for regular use, but he'll have time to develop. Walker has higher upside (and higher risk) than either Hultzen or Paxton, but he's also a lot younger, and will probably take longer to realize his full potential. Still, there's not much left for him to learn: service-time concerns and workload-watching notwithstanding, there's no real reason to keep him out of the MLB rotation anymore.
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News and Notes
8/30/2013 by KDaddy
Contra of earlier reports, Taijuan Walker will make the start Friday against the home-town Houston Astros. We're happy to report that he's very likely to remain in the rotation for the rest of the season.
8/30/2013 by KDaddy
Mariner superprospect Taijuan Walker is being called up to the Mariners a day early, and should be with the squad in time for Friday's game against the Astros. With rosters expanding on Sunday, he'll soon be joined by many more prospects. He may appear from the bullpen at first, but he should also get a couple of starts in September. If nothing else, that should sell a few tickets.
8/26/2013 by KDaddy
Taijuan Walker has been named the PCL's Pitcher of the Week after striking out a combined 15 batters in his two victories. Walker, who will almost certainly earn a cup of coffee in Safeco come September, is now 5-3 with a 3.61 ERA in eleven AAA starts.
6/24/2013 by KDaddy
Taijuan Walker has been promoted to AAA Tacoma, which suggests we could see him as a September callup. At AA Jackson this year, Seattle's top pitching prospect posted a 4-7 record that belies his real performance: 2.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 96 strikeouts against only 30 walks.