Taijuan Walker Promoted to Tacoma


The Mariners top prospect will make his Triple-A debut next week.

On Friday afternoon, the Seattle Mariners announced that they promoted Taijuan Walker to Triple-A Tacoma. He will make his first start for the Rainiers this coming Tuesday at Cheney Stadium.

Walker has really forced the issue here. While it was thought that the club wanted to keep him with Double-A Jackson through their All-Star break -- something the club has done with many prospects, same with playoffs, to give them that experience -- that game has been pushed back a month later than in previous seasons. Not scheduled to happen until the latter part of next month, it would be another three to four starts in a league where Walker just has nothing left to prove.

Those command problems? Not hanging around like before. He's running a 3.2 SO/BB ratio this season, but that has ballooned big time in the last month. It's his last three starts that have really proven that he's ready to move up to face better hitters. In that span, he's struck out 28 and walked only one. Here are the splits:

Total 4 7 2.44 14 14 0 85 58 23 6 30 1 96 6 0 1.035 10.2 3.2
Last 7 days 1 0 1.29 1 1 0 7 6 1 0 0 0 12 1 0 0.857 15.4
Last 28 days 1 3 1.93 5 5 0 32.2 21 7 2 5 0 39 2 0 0.796 10.7 7.8
Home 2 2 1.88 7 7 0 43 29 9 2 11 0 50 5 0 0.93 10.5 4.55
Away 2 5 3 7 7 0 42 29 14 4 19 1 46 1 0 1.143 9.9 2.42

I believe this is the right move to make for Walker at this stage in his development. Will the command problems return against more selective batters who are older and more progressed in their development? That's one of the big questions that will determine whether Walker makes it to Seattle early or late in the 2014 campaign.

While the club rolled the dice with Brandon Maurer, I don't think that's something they want to push with Walker. He's got real front-of-the-rotation stuff and could be one heck of an addition to a rotation with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma in it (though, we'll see if the latter is still around then).

If you live in the area, buy a ticket for a Walker start in Tacoma. It's a great stadium and there are some fun kids to watch there. They win games, too! Danny Hultzen should be back soonish, so it's possible that the entirety of the "Big Four" could be seen in succession in one homestand.

Plus, I'll buy you a beer if we bump into each other. Mmm. Beer.

Latest News

In This Article

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Lookout Landing

You must be a member of Lookout Landing to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lookout Landing. You should read them.

Join Lookout Landing

You must be a member of Lookout Landing to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lookout Landing. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.