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September 6, 2013

Raising Aces

Taijuan Walker, the Debut Ante

by Doug Thorburn


Last Friday, Seattle baseball fans were treated to the long-anticipated arrival of pitching prospect Taijuan Walker. The right-hander entered the season as the top prospect in the Mariners' system, and he ranked ninth overall on Jason Parks' mid-season list of the top 50 prospects in the game, placing third among pitchers (behind Archie Bradley and Kevin Gausman).

Minor League Stats

IP

ERA

WHIP

K %

BB %

H%

HR%

AA

84.0

2.46

1.05

28.3%

8.8%

17.1%

1.8%

AAA

57.3

3.61

1.41

26.0%

11.0%

22.0%

2.0%

Walker has maintained a strikeout rate of better than 10 batters per nine innings across Double-A and Triple-A this season, essentially matching the K rate that he had established throughout the minors, but his walk rate escalated during his trip through the Pacific Coast League. Walker's 8.8 percent frequency of free passes in the Southern League this season was the best mark of his minor-league career, providing optimism that he was fixing the greatest flaw on his stat sheet, but the walk rate bounced up to a career-high of 11 percent in the PCL.

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