Taijuan Walker 32 | Pitcher

Seattle Mariners

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Thu. July 24, 2014 Subscribe 
News: Walker gave up two runs and two hits in five innings in a 3-2 loss to the Mets Wednesday. Impact: Walker fell to 1-2 in three starts while his ERA remained stagnant at 3.60.(STATS, 6:00pm)
Wed. July 23, 2014
News: Walker was optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma after Wednesday's game, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Impact: Walker struggled mightily with his control Wednesday in his third start for the major league club, as he issued six walks and threw just 51 of his 94 pitches for strikes en route to a 3-2 Mariners loss. Manager Lloyd McClendon hasn't been shy about his displeasure with Walker's performances since the 21-year-old returned from a shoulder injury, and it seems Walker will need to string together several strong starts at Tacoma before he's considered as a full-time rotation candidate. A corresponding move will be announced Thursday.(RotoWire, )
Wed. July 23, 2014
News: Walker was officially called up from Triple-A Tacoma in advance of his start Wednesday vs. the Mets, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports. Impact: After Erasmo Ramirez turned in a seven-inning, 10-strikeout gem a night earlier, Walker will probably need a similarly strong outing in order to earn his stay in the No. 5 spot of the rotation. The 21-year-old will make his third start of season for the big club.(RotoWire, )
Tue. July 22, 2014
News: Walker will be recalled Wednesday to 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, )
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)
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