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Taijuan Walker last night: 26 batters faced, 6 hits, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 12 K
Taijuan Walker, last three starts: 72 batters faced, 12 hits, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 28 K
That’s a 39% strikeout rate over his last three outings, way up from the 25% strikeout rate he was posting in his previous 11 starts. And, obviously, the one walk in three starts is terrific for a guy who has had command problems.
I think, in general, the Mariners pitching prospects have been overhyped. James Paxton is probably a reliever if he’s anything in the big leagues. Danny Hultzen is not a sure thing from a health or performance standpoint. Brandon Maurer needs to develop his curve or change-up or he’s going to profile as a bullpen piece. There’s not a lot of good pitching depth behind those guys, as you’ve seen at the big league level.
Walker, though, is legit. The Mariners should resist the urge to rush him, but I wouldn’t be surprsied if he was pitching in Seattle early next year.