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32 Taijuan Walker SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/220 | Birthdate: 8/13/1992 | Birthplace: Shreveport, LA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 70/6 | Average Draft Position: 189.87
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Taijuan Walker sent down following Wednesday's game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker has been optioned to the minors following Wednesday's start, according to MLB.com.

The club is off Monday, and will skip Walker's next start in order to keep their other pitchers on normal rest. Walker has a 3.60 ERA over three starts in the majors. 


Taijuan Walker struggles with control Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker struggled with his control Wednesday against the Mets.

Walker allowed two runs on two hits over five innings. He struck out five and walked six. Walker tossed 94 pitches during the outing. The Mets struck early, as Daniel Murphy doubled in a run in the first inning, but were kept quiet after that. Walker was able to pitch around three walks the next four innings. Things fell apart in the sixth, though. After giving up a leadoff single to start things off, Walker loaded the bases by walking the next two hitters. He was removed from the game in favor of Dominic Leone. Leone allowed just one run to score, which was credited to Walker.

With the loss, Walker fell to 1-2 on the year. Should he remain in the team’s rotation, his next start would come against the Indians.


Report: Taijuan Walker heading to minors after start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Mariners rookie starter Taijuan Walker will likely head back to Triple-A Tacoma after his Wednesday outing, according to the Tacoma News-Tribune. An open date Monday will allow the team to go with four starters in the immediate future.

Taijuan Walker to return to rotation Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) The Mariners will recall Triple-A pitcher Taijuan Walker before Wednesday's game to start Wednesday against the Mets, the team announced Tuesday.

Walker gave up four earned runs in 10 innings over two starts in late June and early July while striking out nine and walking seven, but he was sent back to Tacoma. In two starts after being optioned, the rookie gave up three earned runs in 10 innings but only struck out two while walking four. The highly-regarded prospect has the chance to remain in the rotation for the rest of the season if he can hold his own.


Taijuan Walker likely won't be recalled to start Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2014) Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker has been pushed back to start Friday at Triple-A Tacoma, which means it's unlikely he will be back in the majors pitching on short rest Tuesday against the Mets, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

"Taijuan just needs a little more time," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "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. But we’ll see. We haven’t made any kind of commitment."


Taijuan Walker to make another minor-league start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker will start Thursday for Triple-A Tacoma, reports MLB.com. Walker threw five innings for Tacoma on Saturday, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and one strikeout.

If he pitches well against Reno on Thursday, Walker could rejoin the Mariners' rotation and face the Mets on July 22.


Mariners line up post-break rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon announced his team's post-All-Star-break rotation plans Sunday, and Hisashi Iwakuma was given the nod to start the second-half opener Friday against the Angels.

He will be followed by Felix Hernandez and Chris Young in the three-game series at Los Angeles. Roenis Elias will then open a series at home against the Mets July 21, but McClendon did not announce a starter for the second game of the New York series. 

It is assumed Taijuan Walker will rejoin the rotation from Triple-A Tacoma. However, McClendon didn't seem pleased with how Walker fared for Tacoma Saturday, according to MLB.com. Walker allowed one run on four hits and one walk in five innings, but he needed 83 pitches and had only one strikeout. McClendon said the bar needs to be raised for Walker.


Taijuan Walker to be back with Mariners after All-Star break


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker, who was optioned to Triple-A on Wednesday, likely will make two starts in the minors before returning to Seattle to face the Mets during a series July 21-23, reports MLB.com. Walker went 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in two major-league starts.

Taijuan Walker sent down Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Mariners optioned pitcher Taijuan Walker to Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, after making his first two major-league starts.

Walker was expected to make his next start Saturday against the Athletics, but the team has not announced who is expected to take his place in the rotation. He could return after the All-Star break, after allowing four runs in 10 innings so far in his major-league career. 


Taijuan Walker issues five walks over four innings in loss to White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker was limited to just four innings in a loss to the White Sox in Chicago on Sunday. The right-hander permitted one run on two hits and five walks while striking out three over four innings of a 1-0 defeat.

Over his first two starts covering 10 innings, Walker has permitted only four earned runs. He has not logged more than 94 pitches in a start this season for the Mariners. He will make his next start Saturday at home against Oakland.

Taijuan Walker tosses quality start to win debut Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker earned a win in his season debut Monday, giving up three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings during his team's 10-4 victory over the Astros.

Walker (1-0) gave up a two-run home run in the first inning and a solo home run in the second inning but was able to put together four scoreless frames thereafter to secure a quality start. The top prospect tossed 94 pitches in his season debut with the Mariners. He's scheduled to face the White Sox Sunday.


Taijuan Walker officially recalled to start Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) The Mariners finally made the official announcement Monday starting pitcher Taijuan Walker was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to make his season debut at Houston. Walker went 2-0 with a 3.25 ERA in five starts in June for Tacoma.

Taijuan Walker likely to start Monday vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said after Saturday's game that pitching prospect Taijuan Walker will likely be recalled to start Monday's game against the Astros, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

The signs pointed to Walker getting the call after Erasmo Ramirez was removed from the rotation and sent to the minors a day after Walker tossed a complete-game shutout with Triple-A Tacoma. He owns a 4.11 ERA and 20:10 K:BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings with Tacoma in six starts after dealing with shoulder issues over the course of the first half of the season.


No time like the present to add Taijuan Walker


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/26/2014) By now, assuming you're the type who consumes every piece of Fantasy content shoved down your throat, you've probably read my take on Taijuan Walker -- the inevitability of his promotion, the potential he offers for Fantasy owners, etc. -- in this week's Prospect Report.

Since then, the Mariners have sent down Erasmo Ramirez, leaving a gaping hole in their starting rotation for Monday's game at Houston.

Uh-huh. I think we can all see where this is going.

Walker is about as good as it gets among pitching prospects. Everyone else to get the call this year is small potatoes by comparison. Baseball America ranked him ahead of Kevin Gausman, Yordano Ventura and Marcus Stroman coming into the year and behind only Masahiro Tanaka and Archie Bradley among starting pitchers. You don't wait until the official promotion and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it to add a player of that caliber.

Since the news of Ramirez's demotion, Walker's ownership rate has risen only 4 percent, so he's still flying under the radar, relatively speaking. But in the 24 percent of leagues where he remains unowned, you want to beat the rush.


Taijuan Walker 'in the discussion' for Monday start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker "is in the discussion" to fill the vacated rotation spot caused by Erasmo Ramirez's demotion and start Monday's game against the Astros, MLB.com reports.

Walker is coming off a complete-game shutout with Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday and looks to be ready to make his 2014 Mariners debut after dealing with shoulder issues over the first few months of the season.

"His starts have been fine," manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday. "The one before [the shutout], he had some ups and downs, but all pitchers do. From a health standpoint, he’s feeling better, he’s throwing, he‘s answering the bell every five days. The velocity is up and he’s building, so that’s encouraging."

Walker owns a 4.11 ERA and 20:10 K:BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings with Tacoma in six starts.


Taijuan Walker bounces back in big way for Triple-A Tacoma


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker turned in a dominant performance for Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday. The right-hander threw his first complete-game shutout, allowing four hits and one walk, while striking out eight.

It was the second time in his career he pitched a complete game.

"I've had games where I've had better stuff, but my curveball was the best it's been in a long time," Walker said, per MLB.com. "I was throwing it for first-pitch strikes a lot. I was bouncing it when I needed to for strikeouts. Getting ground balls with it.

"But other than that, my fastball was good. I used my fastball a lot. And I just kind of pitched to contact and got the strikeouts when I needed them."

Walker lowered his ERA from 5.82 to 4.11. He rebounded in a big way after giving up seven runs (six earned) in his previous outing.

"It definitely helps after coming off last game," Walker said. "I only went five and kind of struggled the last game. Having this game right here after that, it definitely helps, definitely kind of shows that I can put that game behind me, bust my butt for the four days and then come out here and turn it around for the next start."


Taijuan Walker struggles in Triple-A start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker had a rough start in Triple-A Thursday.

Walker went five innings, giving up six earned runs. He allowed two home runs during the outing. Walker finished with one walk and four strikeouts. He's considered a candidate to be called up when the team needs a pitcher, but has struggled with arm issues all season.


Taijuan Walker impresses during Triple-A start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker impressed during Saturday's Triple-A start. 

Walker was able to go 6 2/3 innings, giving up just one hit. He proved to have dominant stuff, striking out seven batters. Walker has been dealing with shoulder issues all year, but has finally proved to be healthy enough to pitch in the minors. He posted a 3.60 ERA over 15 innings last season.


Taijuan Walker still worth stashing


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2014) You may not be able to stash him in an "injured" spot anymore now that he's been removed from the DL and optioned to the minors, but Taijuan Walker is still worth stashing in most Fantasy leagues. In fact, I'd say he's the most stashable prospect in baseball right now.

Let's not forgot the debate over "best pitching prospect" coming into the season came down to him and Archie Bradley, and of the two, he's still the closer to breaking through even with this demotion. Bradley is, of course, still working his way back from an elbow injury while Walker already has five starts under his belt.

Granted, not all of those starts were good. His last three -- the only three at Triple-A, in fact -- are probably what convinced the Mariners to hold off on him now, but considering he was expected to claim a rotation spot before hurting his shoulder this spring, it won't take much for him to win them over. Maybe just one great start with only Erasmo Ramirez standing in his way.

He looked plenty prepared for the role in three starts last September, making him less of a mystery than Andrew Heaney. With hitters like Gregory Polanco, Oscar Taveras and Jon Singleton already up, there really isn't prospect more deserving of a roster spot. If any minor-leaguer is worth stashing in your league, it's Walker.


Taijuan Walker activated, optioned to Triple A


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) The Mariners activated pitcher Taijuan Walker (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma. Walker made his third rehab start Monday, giving up two runs over five innings.

Taijuan Walker 'decent' in third rehab start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker (shoulder) was "decent" in his third rehab start Monday for Triple-A Tacoma, reports the Seattle Times. He pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits with a walk and a hit by pitch. Both runs scored on solo homers.

The paper said it's unclear if Walker did enough to displace Erasmo Ramirez from the rotation.


Taijuan Walker to make third rehab start Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Lloyd McClendon has announced that Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker will make another rehab start Monday for Triple-A Tacoma.

Walker has been sidelined all season with a shoulder injury. There is no guarantee that he will assume a spot in the starting rotation upon his return to Seattle. He has been hit hard in two rehab outings.


Taijuan Walker struggles again; still not ready to return


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Lloyd McClendon indicated that another poor rehab start for Mariners rookie Taijuan Walker at Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday night will result in a delay to his promotion. He had been sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Walker gave up just one run in two innings, but walked four. He owns a 9.00 ERA in two minor league starts.

The Mariners still don't have a starter set for Monday.


Taijuan Walker to make rehab start Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker will make a rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Tacoma, reports The Tacoma News Tribune. He's getting closer to making his season debut following a shoulder injury.

Manager: Taijuan Walker no shoo-in for rotation spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Lloyd McClendon has indicated that Mariners rookie right-hander Taijuan Walker is not assured a starting spot upon his activation from the disabled list. Walker has been on the shelf all year with a shoulder injury and was hit hard in his rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A Tacoma.

McClendon told the Tacoma News-Tribune that Walker will require at least one or two more rehab outings and must perform well to land back in the Seattle rotation.

"If he was healthy in spring training, he'd have to make the club," McClendon explained. "Nothing was given. I think we're under the assumption that he was given a spot on this club, and that's just not the case.

"I want him to do (well). Believe me, I want him here. But he's got to prove that he's healthy. He's got to get the rust off. And he's got to be ready to compete at this level on a consistent basis. It's going to take time."