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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%: 49/11 | Average Draft Position: 189.91
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Zduriencik: Mariners remain 'very pleased' with Taijuan Walker


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik insisted Wednesday that pitching prospect Taijuan Walker remains an intergral part of the team's plans moving forward, MLB.com reports.

Zduriencik called a report that the team had soured on Walker, in part due to his decision to cut his AFL assignment short, "ridiculous," adding, "We’d have maybe liked Taijuan to pitch a little more, but he really didn’t feel he was where he needed to be to pitch for other reasons. But physically he was throwing 100 mph, he’d given us two really good starts at the end and two really good starts in the Arizona Fall League and he was at the point where he was ready to get into his offseason program.

"There was great logic after our discussions with him at the time. We knew what was going on and he’d pitched great. He had four very successful outings at the end and all that set him up for the coming year. So we’re very pleased with Taijuan Walker. This is a great, young arm, a very talented kid that is going to be a part of this for years to come."

Walker's name has come up in trade rumors this offseason, particularly connected to the team's quest to add a quality right fielder. If he remains with the Mariners organization, he's expected to compete for a rotation spot in the spring.


Braves seeking more in return for OF Justin Upton


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Braves are seeking more for outfielder Justin Upton than they received back from the Cardinals for Jason Heyward. However, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, rival executives believe Atlanta received "too much" in return for Heyward.

The Mariners aren't willing to part with pitcher Taijuan Walker and the Orioles won't give pitcher Kevin Gausman.

Upton is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 with 29 home runs and 102 RBI over 566 at-bats. The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and is expected to make $14.5 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent.


Report: Dodgers insisted on Mariners' Walker, Paxton in Kemp deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2014) The Mariners and Dodgers were close to a deal that would have sent outfielder Matt Kemp to Seattle before the Dodgers insisted on receiving either Taijuan Walker or James Paxton in the trade, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

This turn of events reportedly happened before the Mariners brought Nelson Cruz into the fold, making it seem less likely that the team would acquiesce to the Dodgers' demands at this point. However, the Mariners' one big need heading into the Winter Meetings remains run-producing right fielder who can bat right-handed, and if they ultimately don't wind up signing Melky Cabrera, a Kemp trade could conceivably end up back on the table at some point this offseason.


Taijuan Walker finishes with Arizona Fall League 'healthy'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker was scratched from his most recent scheduled start in the Arizona Fall League and will not pitch again in the league, although the team said he is completely healthy, MLB.com reports.

"Taijuan is completely healthy and was very impressive in his two outings, but made a personal decision that he needed to return home at this time," general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement. "He will continue with his offseason program and we look forward to seeing him at spring training in February."

Walker posted a 2.00 ERA in his two AFL starts, striking out 11 and walking two in nine innings of work.


Mariners SP Taijuan Walker to make a few appearances in AFL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said starting pitcher Taijuan Walker will throw a few times in the Arizona Fall League, according to MLB.com. Walker split time between the minors and majors in 2014, going 2-3 with a 2.61 ERA in eight appearances (five starts) for Seattle.

Taijuan Walker takes complete-game loss vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker took a hard-luck loss Wednesday, allowing one earned run on four hits and one walk in eight innings while striking out six to pitch a complete game in his team's 1-0 defeat against the Blue Jays.

Walker (2-3) needed just 99 pitches to toss his complete game. He appeared to be in line for a no-decision before the Blue Jays were able to push a run across in the bottom of the eighth inning. Walker ends the year with a 2.61 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 34:18 K:BB ratio in 38 innings.


Taijuan Walker turns in strong start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker turned in a solid start Friday against the Astros. 

Walker allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two during the outing. Walker gave up his first run early. After a double by Jose Altuve, Dexter Fowler singled in the run. Walker would settle in over the next three innings, before giving up his final run in the fifth. With two outs and a man on third, Fowler struck again, driving in another run on a single. Walker would get out of the inning without giving up any more runs. He was able to get two outs in the sixth inning before he was pulled.

Walker improved to 2-2 with the win. He’ll take on the Blue Jays in his next start.


Mariners announce weekend rotation plans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Mariners announced Wednesday that Taijuan Walker will draw the start in Friday's series opener against the Astros in Houston.

Walker hasn't made a start for the Mariners since late July, but he's managed to make three appearances out of the bullpen in September. He owns a 2.96 ERA and 21:15 K:BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings.

The announcement will move Chris Young back to Saturday and Hisashi Iwakuma to Sunday.


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.