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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%: 50/7 | Average Draft Position: 189.91
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Taijuan Walker worth a prospective pickup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/3/2014) In a recent post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, I called Taijuan Walker one of the September callups who could matter in Fantasy, and the latest news out of Seattle explains why. Manager Lloyd McClendon is beginning to question how much Chris Young has left in the tank following his implosion Monday. Walker threw six innings of relief in that game, allowing one run on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

His numbers at Triple-A Tacoma weren't so great, but that happens in the heavy-hitting Pacific Coast League. It happened last year to James Paxton, who went on to go 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in four starts last September, and Walker is considered the more talented of the two. He's also more than 50 innings away from last year's total, giving him plenty left in the tank.

Starting pitchers aren't exactly in short supply in standard mixed leagues right now, but if you're looking to gamble on an upside play, Walker certainly fits the bill.


Chris Young could be out and Taijuan Walker in Seattle rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Chris Young could be out of the Mariners rotation. Rookie Taijuan Walker could be in.

That is the result the last two appearances from both pitchers. Young was mashed for five runs in 2/3 of an inning Monday in Oakland and has yielded eight runs in his last 4 1/3 innings. The fear is that he could be hitting a wall at 151 innings pitched this season.

"He's in uncharted territory," Lloyd McClendon told the Tacoma News Tribune. "I've got to watch him. I've got to evaluate him. I've got to make a decision."

McClendon indicated that Walker would replace Young in the rotation. Walker gave up just one run in six innings against Oakland in relief of Young.

"Obviously, he pitched extremely well," McClendon said. "I think it showed you what he's capable of. We've just got to get him to the point where he can be consistent every time out with that."


Taijuan Walker tosses six one-run innings in relief Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker came up big for the team Monday, giving up just one earned run on six hits and two walks in six innings while striking out five in his team's 6-1 loss to the A's.

Walker was called upon to start the second inning after starter Chris Young couldn't make it out of the first, and his first appearance back in the big leagues went exceedingly well, with Walker throwing 61 of his 89 pitches for strikes. He could be a contender to make a few starts in September. Walker owns a 3.00 ERA and 19:15 K:BB ratio in 21 innings.


Erasmo Ramirez, Taijuan Walker expected to pitch long relief in September


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Mariners pitcher Erasmo Ramirez is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday. Ramirez -- along with Taijuan Walker -- will pitch long relief for the final month of the season, per MLB.com.

The Mariners announce September roster moves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Mariners announced their September callups on Monday. The following players were promoted from the minors: Corey Hart, Justin Smoak, Stefen Romero, Humberto Quintero, Taijuan Walker and Lucas Luetge, Carson Smith. Additionally, Willie Bloomquist was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Taijuan Walker lights-out in minor league start Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker managed the level of performance Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma that the big league club has been waiting for.

Walker struck out a career-high 13 in a 2-1 victory. He retired 17 straight Fresno batters at one point and threw 71 of 101 pitches for strikes.

"Walker just pitched his rear end off, I mean holy mackerel," Rainiers manager Roy Howell told the Tacoma News-Tribune. "After the first inning he just settled down and went after them."


Mariners making adjustments to rotation plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Mariners have made a change to their rotation plans in order to have Felix Hernandez, Chris Young and Hisashi Iwakuma pitch in a series against Toronto next week, according to The News Tribune.

The rotation this week will feature Hernandez and Young in a two-game series against Atlanta, which starts Tuesday. It will then be Roenis Elias, Iwakuma and James Paxton to open a series against the White Sox, which starts Thursday.

Seattle is pushing back Hernandez to Monday and that leaves an open date Sunday. The News Tribune suggests Taijuan Walker and Erasmo Ramirez are the top two candidates to be recalled to make that start. Walker is slated to pitch Monday for Triple-A Tacoma.


Taijuan Walker taken deep three times in Tuesday loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Mariners premier pitching prospect Taijuan Walker continued to struggle at the Triple-A level Tuesday night by yielding three home runs. Included were two by Tommy Field, who entered with just four in 276 at-bats.

Walker did recover after the second Field blast to strike out five of the next six batters and fire fastballs that peaked at 98 miles an hour.

"He dialed it up a little more," Tacoma manager Roy Howell told the Salt Lake City News Tribune. "That's why he's still learning to pitch. Hopefully he'll take that lesson and understand it."

Walker is 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA this season with the Rainiers.


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.