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June 16, 2014

Monday Morning Ten Pack

June 16, 2014

by BP Prospect Staff


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Taijuan Walker, RHP, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma)
Shoulder ailments have cast a shadow over what was to be Walker’s first full year at the major-league level, but the Mariners‘ top prospect made a strong statement on Saturday, indicating his arrival in Seattle might not be far away. Walker put together his longest start of the season since resuming in-game action at the end of May, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning on route to a final line of 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, and 7 SO. Walker threw 57 of his 94 pitches for strikes and in particular worked his fastball well to both sides of the plate. Walker could be ready to join the big club by the end of the month, once Mariners brass is comfortable he is capable of taking the ball every fifth day without issue. He’ll get Colorado Springs with his next start, with evaluative eyes watching on to see how he responds to his longest outing of the season to date. Back-to-back solid outings where he is able to turn over the lineup two or three times would be a strong indication the shoulder is ready to once again begin challenging major-league bats. —Nick J. Faleris

Dilson Herrera, 2B, Mets (High-A St. Lucie)
Earlier in the year, I wrote that Herrera had a noticeable bat wrap that limited his bat-to-ball skills from achieving their true in-game ceiling. A month later, he has made great strides in limiting that wrap and shortening his stroke. He’s still not a big power producer, but his swing has gone from that of an athlete swinging a bat to a true hitter. He’s much more direct to the ball and is making more consistent contact, a major step forward for a contact/speed type hitter. He’s still a right-side infielder, which limits his ceiling, but his hit tool has taken a step forward, which gives him a better chance of sticking as an everyday player than I had originally thought a few months ago. —Jeff Moore

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