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32 Taijuan Walker SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/235 | Birthdate: 8/13/1992 | Birthplace: Shreveport, LA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 66/25 | Average Draft Position: 161.82
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Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker lasts less than four innings in ND


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker allowed four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in Seattle's 9-4 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday, but did not factor into the decision.

Walker had issues in the first when he put two men on and then allowed an RBI single to Steve Pearce. Then in the fourth, Walker allowed the first four hitters to reach base safely, leading to another run. After forcing Manny Machado to ground into a double play, Walker gave up an RBI single to Jimmy Paredes before getting the hook.

Walker, who remains 1-4, moved his ERA to 7.47 in 37 innings of work. He will look to get back on track Sunday against the Blue Jays. 


Mariners' Taijuan Walker allows two runs in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker took the loss on Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on four hits and one walk in six innings while striking out six in his team's 4-2 defeat against the Padres.

Walker (1-4) gave up a pair of runs in the third inning, with one coming on a solo home run, but it was a largely positive outing for the young pitcher, who has struggled through much of the season after an excellent spring.

Walker owns a 7.22 ERA and 33:15 K:BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings. He's lined up to face the Orioles in Baltimore Tuesday.


After rotation change, Mariners' Walker to pitch Wednesday at SD


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) The Mariners have confirmed that right-hander Taijuan Walker and left-hander Roenis Elias will switch places in the rotation. Walker will now pitch on Wednesday against the Padres, while Elias will go on Thursday against the Red Sox, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

The move was made in-part due to the large amount of right-handed bats in the Padres' lineup. Right-handed hitters are hitting .256 off of Elias during his career, so manager Lloyd McClendon decided to make the change in the rotation. 


Mariners starter Taijuan Walker allows three runs in five IP for no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Mariners starter Taijuan Walker yielded three runs on five hits in five innings Friday to take a no-decision against the Athletics. 

Two of the three runs Walker allowed came via a two-run homer in the fifth inning from Josh Reddick. 

Walker returns to the mound for his next start Thursday against the Red Sox.


Mariners' Taijuan Walker going through growing pains


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Mariners starter Taijuan Walker has been inconsistent in recent starts. After allowing an unearned run in seven innings on Monday, he gave up seven runs in three innings on Saturday. 

"It's not going to happen overnight," manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday, per MLB.com. "You see flashes of him being brilliant almost. Then you see the youngster in him. ... It's going to take time, but in the end, I think he's going to be pretty good."

"Going into that game, he had 69 career innings in the big leagues," McClendon said. "We're always in a hurry with young players, but they all struggle. I had an old skipper tell us, Barry Bonds had to have his first at-bat at some point. In his first year, he was hitting .166 in June and he turned out to be a pretty good player. The point is, you have to start somewhere. Along the way, he's not always going to look good. But in the end, he'll be a pretty good finished product." 


Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker tagged for eight runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker allowed eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits in three innings of work in Seattle's 11-4 loss to the Astros Saturday. 

Walker struggled early and often, failing to record an out in the fourth inning. After giving up two runs in the second, Walker gave up a two-run blast to Evan Gattis followed by a solo shot to Colby Rasmus in the third.

"I just feel like I didn't use my fastball enough like I did my last two starts," Walker said per the Associated Press. "First inning I pounded them with fastballs and got groundballs with it and then the second inning I just felt like I didn't throw the fastball enough. They hit my off-speed, hit my mistakes."

Things only got worse for Walker in the fourth when after allowing the first two hitters to reach base, Jose Altuve cranked a three-run blast.

Walker, now 1-3, ballooned his ERA to 8.74 in 22 2/3 innings. He will look to bounce back Friday against the Athletics.


M's Taijuan Walker allows one unearned run in seven innings for win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (1-2) allowed one unearned run in seven innings on Monday to defeat the Rangers and earn his first win of 2015.

"I felt I didn’t have my best fastball today," he said, per The News Tribune. "But I think my fastball location was good. And I was getting a lot of ground balls. Keeping the ball down. The defense was working for me today."

The Rangers took advantage of a throwing error in the fourth inning to score their lone run.

Walker struck out five and walked one in the victory.

Walker's next start is scheduled for Saturday in Houston.


Mariners' Taijuan Walker relies on fastball during best start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker showed great improvement in his third start of the season Tuesday against the Astros after his first two starts were pretty bad.

Walker, who threw 101 pitches, allowed one run and struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed 14 runs in 7 1/3 innings during his first two starts.

"I thought he was outstanding," manager Lloyd McClendon said, per MLB.com. "He did exactly what I thought he was going to do. Obviously the pitch count got up a little bit, but he pounded the zone and really pitched off his fastball very well. He did a nice job for us."

Walker's fastball was ranging from 95-98 mph Tuesday

"I just went out there and attacked them with the fastball," Walker said. "That was the main focus. I definitely don't like the four walks, but it was a start to build off."


Mariners scrambling for help as rotation continues to crumble


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) The surprising struggles of the Mariners starters has them seeking alternatives. But the two minor league candidates they were counting on have not earned a promotion.

Roenis Elias, who lost the competition with Taijuan Walker for the fifth spot in the Seattle rotation, is 2-0 at Triple-A Tacoma. But in his most recent win, he gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings, actually lowering his ERA to 8.04.

Jordan Pries has been worse with an 0-1 mark and 9.20 ERA through three starts.

Walker did provide a bit of encouragement Tuesday night despite walking four in a loss to Houston. He allowed just one run in 5 1/3 innings and struck out eight.


Mariners starter Taijuan Walker allows one run, fans eight in no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/22/2015) Mariners starter Taijuan Walker allowed one run and struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings of work Tuesday but took a no decision against the Astros.

Walker gave up four hits and four walks and lowered his ERA from 17.18 to 10.66.

Walker's next start is set for Monday in Texas.

Mariners' Taijuan Walker allows five runs in loss vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker surrendered five earned runs on six hits and four walks in four innings while striking out three to take the loss in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Dodgers Wednesday.

Walker (0-2) looked fantastic this spring, but the results haven't carried over to his first two starts of the year. He gave up three runs in the first inning before the Dodgers tacked on another in the second and one more in the third. Walker owns a 17.18 ERA and 6:6 K:BB ratio in 7 1/3 innings heading into Tuesday's scheduled start against the Astros.


Mariners' Taijuan Walker knocked out early in start against A's


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/11/2015) Taijuan Walker (0-1) started for the Mariners on Friday and was smacked around for nine earned runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings, suffering the loss against the Athletics.

"It's definitely not the results I wanted for the first start," Walker said, per MLB.com. "But I'll just put this one behind me and move on."

Walker gave up a second-inning home run to A's left fielder Mark Canha.

"Actually I thought he made great pitches. It was just their night," McClendon said. "I thought he threw some good changeups, some good breaking balls. Early on everything was falling in for them. And you have to give them credit. They came out attacking and did a nice job."


Mariners' Zunino feels changeup will be asset for Taijuan Walker


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) As Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker takes the mound for his season debut Friday against the Athletics, the expectations have been raised after the highly touted prospect had a very productive spring campaign.

The right-hander went 4-0 with a 0.67 ERA in seven spring starts, securing a spot in the team's rotation.

“I think that’s a test they were looking for -- how do I react when I get runners on?” Walker said, per The News Tribune. “Do I overthrow, do I panic? So I think that was a big test for me. Also, when I gave up a home run against Anaheim, how would I react giving up a run? And I think those are also all big tests, and I feel like I handled myself pretty well.”

While Walker still has a fastball that reaches the upper-90s, his cutter has transformed into a slider and his changeup has also improved, according to catcher Mike Zunino.

"I think that’s going to be a huge pitch for him,” Zunino said of the changeup. “He throws one that’s a little bit harder, but it’s got great life to it. I think he’s going to be able to use that quite a bit vs. righties and lefties.

"I think he came into spring ready to pitch. Obviously, when you throw that hard, you get into the category of (just) throwing sometimes. But he definitely came in ready to pitch and wanting to learn how to get guys out."


Mariners announce starting rotation for Opening Day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has decided on his starting rotation to begin the season, reports the Tacoma News Tribune.

The rotation will go as follows: Felix Hernandez, James Paxton, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and J.A. Happ.

Happ was expected to be either the fourth or fifth starter in the rotation.


Report: Walker, Olson on the verge of breaking camp with Mariners


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Although the Mariners's final roster for Opening Day has not been made official, pitchers Taijuan Walker and Tyler Olson are among the 25 healthy players remaining in camp and are on the verge of breaking camp with the club, according to MyNorthwest.com.

Walker appears destined for his first Opening Day roster. He registered a 0.36 ERA and 24:4 K:BB ratio in 25 innings this spring. Olson did not allow a run in 12 2/3 innings of work this spring.


Mariners' Taijuan Walker tosses seven one-run innings Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker allowed one earned run on three hits and no walks in seven innings while striking out five in Monday's 5-3 win over the Angels.

Walker entered the game without having allowed a run in 18 spring innings, and while the Angels were able to break the streak in the second inning, it was still an excellent performance for the presumed fifth starter. Walker has posted a 0.36 ERA and 24:4 K:BB ratio in 25 innings this spring.


Mariners may use six-man rotation with Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon still hasn't decided between Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias in the battle for the final spot in the starting rotation. That may be because he doesn't have to. 

The News Tribune reported that "all signs point to" the Mariners using a modified six-man rotation, featuring both Walker and Elias, this season. The setup would save wear and tear on the starting staff, so they'd be fresher in the event the Mariners make the postseason. 

Team officials still haven't confirmed the plan. 


Still no decision between Mariners' Taijuan Walker, Roenis Elias


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon still hasn't named a winner in the battle for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. 

RHP Taijuan Walker and LHP Roenis Elias are in the running for the spot. Walker has a 0.00 ERA in 18 innings this spring, while Elias' ERA is 6.75. 

McClendon said he wouldn't announce his fifth starter until the final week of spring. Saturday marks the start of the final week, and McClendon said he'd "be close" to making the call, per MLB.com's Greg Johns.


Mariners' Taijuan Walker tosses six scoreless innings vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker continued his strong spring Wednesday, giving up just two hits and one walk in six scoreless innings while striking out six in his start against the Cubs.

Walker's talent has been undeniable in his trip through the Cactus League, as he's now up to 18 scoreless innings with 19 strikeouts and just four walks and six hits allowed. He's competing with Roenis Elias to win the team's final rotation spot and has done everything in his power to put together a spring deserving of the nod.


Mariners fifth starter down to Roenis Elias, Taijuan Walker


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Roenis Elias and Taijuan Walker will each get one more spring start to win the fifth spot in the Mariners' starting rotation.  

Manager Lloyd McClendon said that he would make his decision before the final week of camp, meaning that RHP Walker and LHP Elias will have time for one appearance each. 

Elias is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA this spring. Opposing batters are hitting .383 off of him. Walker is 1-0 and has not allowed a run in 12 spring innings. He's allowed four hits, for a .100 opponents' average, and struck out 13. That doesn't mean the job is his, however. 

"My evaluation is probably a little different than yours. I don't worry about the numbers per se," McClendon said, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.


Mariners' Taijuan Walker spins four scoreless innings Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker gave up just two hits and two walks in four scoreless innings while striking out five in Thursday's spring start against the Indians.

Walker has been outstanding this spring, stringing together 12 scoreless innings while striking out 13 batters and allowing just four hits and three walks. He's competing for the fifth spot in the rotation this spring but has done everything possible to secure the gig to date.


Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker making final push for starting gig


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker threw three scoreless innings Saturday, pushing his streak to eight innings in three spring training appearances. Walker could earn the final spot in the Mariners' starting rotation if he is able to keep this pace up, reports MLB.com.

"He showed a lot of poise when we made a mistake there and put him behind the eight-ball," said manager Lloyd McClendon. "He kept pitching, pounded the zone and did a nice job. I think he's come a long way from September of last year. He's grown quite a bit."

McClendon is hoping Walker can provide depth to the rotation and bullpen that was not there last year.

"You look at last year, we didn't have that," McClendon said. "We were a mess leaving Spring Training. It's nice to have that depth and knock on wood it will stay that way."


Mariners' Taijuan Walker tosses two scoreless frames


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker tossed two scoreless frames in his spring debut on Wednesday. 

Walker gave up just one hit during his two innings of work. He struck out two during the start. Walker is considered a strong favorite to open the season in the rotation, but is technically competing with Roenis Elias for the fifth spot. 

Walker said he was pretty amped for the start, but calmed down after the Mariners put an early run on the board. "The first inning I was up just because I was amped up for the first game and facing their best hitters and potential starting lineup," Walker said. But for the most part, I calmed down, especially after D.J. hit that home run. I was, 'Whew, OK, we got a run. Let's get 'em now.'"

Walker, 22, posted a 2.61 ERA over 38 innings last season. 


Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker to start Cactus League opener


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker will be given the nod for Seattle when the team makes the Cactus League debut Wednesday against the Padres, reports MLB.com.

Walker is battling with Roenis Elias for the final spot in the Mariners' rotation when the season begins. Walker admits to being a little banged up early last season.

"I wasn't available to do anything -- I wasn't even playing catch [at this time last year]," Walker said before the Mariners' workout Sunday morning. "So to be able to start a game in spring and actually have a Spring Training feels good."

Walker posted a 2-3 record with a 2.61 ERA in 38 innings in 2014 and hopes he can make an impression with his start Wednesday.

"It's a game, and it's a competition," Walker said. "I'm just going to go out there and do the best that I can. So if that means I have to go out there and go full speed, then I will."


Roenis Elias battling Taijuan Walker for Mariners rotation spot


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Three years after coming to American from Cuba, LHP Roenis Elias jumped from Double-A to the Mariners, last season. Now, he finds himself fighting to keep his spot in the starting rotation. 

Despite going 10-12, with a 3.85 ERA in 29 starts for the Mariners last year and becoming one of the rookie surprises in the American League, Elias opens spring training battling Taijuan Walker for the fifth spot in the rotation. 

The right-handed Walker is a first-round draft pick of the Mariners, and a top pitching prospect in the organization. 

That means Elias could find himself starting the season back in the minors. 

"There's not a lot of difference between this year and last," he told MLB.com's Greg Johns. "Last year I didn't come in with a spot and this year you could say the same thing. I have to work hard and do what I did last year and even improve on that."

Even if he doesn't win the job in spring, he's earned the respect of Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. 

"He's got to get stronger," McClendon said. "He pitched well when he was healthy. He's got a dynamic curveball. The change-up got better at the end of the year. His consistency with the fastball command needs to be better and if he does that, he has a chance to be a pretty darn good pitcher in this league for a long time."