Taijuan Walker 32 | Pitcher

Seattle Mariners

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Tue. July 22, 2014 Subscribe 
News: Walker will be recalled Wednesday to make the start against the Mets, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports. Impact: Rather than overtax their bullpen by using reliever Tom Wilhelmsen as their de facto starter Wednesday, the Mariners decided to bring Walker back into the rotation, despite his uneven performance at Triple-A Tacoma. The 21-year-old still profiles as a potential No. 2 starter for the Mariners, but given his inconsistent results so far this season, it may be difficult to roster him right away in shallower formats.(RotoWire, )
Mon. July 21, 2014
News: Walker could be recalled to fill the vacancy in the rotation for Wednesday's game against the Mets, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Impact: The Mariners already announced that Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma will be pushed back to Thursday and Friday, respectively, in an attempt to preserve their arms, creating a void for the series finale with the Mets. Walker most recently started Friday for Triple-A Tacoma, giving up two runs over five frames. The 21-year-old hasn't pitched as well as expected in the minors since he was activated from the disabled list earlier this month, so even if Walker does get the nod Wednesday, there's no guarantee he'll remain in the big league rotation for the rest of the season. Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen also could warrant consideration for the spot start if the Mariners prefer not to make a roster move.(RotoWire, )
Sat. July 19, 2014
News: Walker gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks, with one strikeout over five innings, in a start for Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. Impact: Walker's start was pushed back from Thursday, meaning he will not be available to fill the Mariners' fifth rotation spot Tuesday against the Mets. Friday's start was actually a step back statistically from his last one with Tacoma, which manager Lloyd McClendon called "not a good outing for me," as Walker again struck out just one while allowing 11 baserunners. It's uncertain when he may be back with Seattle.(RotoWire, )
Thu. July 17, 2014
News: Walker's next start for Triple-A Tacoma has been pushed back to Friday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Impact: The expectation was that Walker would return after the All-Star break to fill the No. 5 rotation spot, but it now sounds like the Mariners could turn elsewhere for next Tuesday's game. Manager Lloyd McClendon was critical after Walker's start for Tacoma on Saturday, saying, "I don't see that as a good outing: five innings, 83 pitches and one strikeout, that's not a good outing for me." The 21-year-old figures to rejoin the rotation before long, but it sounds like the team wants to see improvement at the Triple-A level before bringing him back.(RotoWire, )
Wed. July 16, 2014
News: Walker's recent start for Triple-A Tacoma provoked a harsh response from manager Lloyd McClendon, who was displeased that Walker could only muster five innings, the Seattle Times reports. Impact: Walker, who was sent down just to get a start during the All-Star break, allowed one run on four hits and a walk in five innings with one strikeout. "Well, I guess I see things differently than most people," McClendon said. "I don't see that as a good outing: five innings, 83 pitches and one strikeout, that's not a good outing for me. And I'm not trying to bash the kid, but how we go about our business and our level of expectations from the minor leagues all the way up to the big leagues, it's got to change. Five innings, 83 pitches and one strikeout - that's not a good outing, I'm sorry. Not for me. And you can write it. I don't give a (expletive). I'm sure his agent will be calling mad at me, but we got to do better." Walker is expected to start the fifth game after the All-Star break, though the Mariners have not recalled him yet. His name has come up in trade talks as well.(RotoWire, )
July 13, 2014
News: Walker is expected to start against the Mets on July 22, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon did not sound pleased with the right-hander's Saturday outing for Triple-A Tacoma, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Impact: It's unclear why McClendon may have been displeased with the outing, as Walker allowed just one run over five innings. The young right-hander still figures to join the Mariners shortly after the All-Star break.(RotoWire, )
Wed. July 9, 2014
News: The Seattle Mariners have optioned Walker to Triple-A Tacoma so he can remain on schedule during the All-Star break. Impact: Walker was expected to start this weekend against Oakland, but Seattle will likely use Hisashi Iwakuma and Chris Young on normal rest for the final two games of the series. Walker was 1-1 in two starts since being recalled from Triple-A on June 30.(STATS, 5:39pm)
Wed. July 9, 2014
News: Walker was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday. Impact: This is simply a way to knock some more of the rust off of Walker, who will make two minor league starts before returning to the big club shortly after the second half commences. Making his second start of the season Sunday against the White Sox, after missing virtually all of the first three months with a shoulder injury, Walker went four innings and gave up just two hits but also issued five walks.(RotoWire, )
Taijuan Walker
2014 Season
Ht: 6' 4"  Wt: 220  Age: 21
Bats: R  Throws: R
Born: 8/13/1992, Shreveport, Louisiana
College: None
Debut: 2013
Salary: $502,400
Injury Status
No Current Injury