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Today is a day that belongs to Taijuan Walker. In the annals of baseball history, August 30th, 2013 will go down in history as the day that Walker was introduced to the baseball world. He’ll make his big league debut tonight against the Houston Astros Here’s the scouting report. Since Baseball Prospectus (who we usually use for this portion) took the day off from their prospect scouting report, we use a site called Baseball Prospect Nation for the skinny on Walker: Body: Absolutely flawless frame (6-4, 195) that oozes future projection. Has natural strength and room to add more without become stiff.  Makeup: I’ve heard nothing but good things about his makeup in my conversations with area scouts from his time as an amateur and in discussions with the Mariners. Delivery/Mechanics: Everything is easy in his delivery. Employs a modest leg kick that allows him to maintain excellent balance over the rubber. His arm action is exceptionally clean and lightning fast. He finishes well out f...

Taijuan Walker shines in his debut as Mariners top Astros 7-1

Nothing like having one ace race around the clubhouse postgame in search of inducting the future one into the fold. At least that’s a storyline the Mariners would certainly like to see touted as Felix Hernandez beer in hand headed back to the field Friday night to find fellow pitcher Taijuan Walker. Arguably the most hyped Mariners mound prospect since Hernandez Walker had just...

Taijuan Walker to make his MLB Debut

Taijuan Walker has clearly been one of the best right handed pitching prospects in all of baseball for the past few seasons. Heading into 2013 was no different and we had him ranked as the M’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Walker set to make debut for Seattle on Friday

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated.) By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer Top prospect Taijuan Walker will make his major league debut for Seattle on Friday at Houston, taking on the Astros less than three weeks after turning 21. It's quite the impressive feat for Walker, who was selected in the first round of the 2010 draft. But the talented right-hander is bit behind the pace...

Taijuan Walker’s Arrival

The Taijuan Walker show is finally going to arrive in Seattle on August 30 (Friday). Walker’s been on prospect radars for awhile now, but we’ll finally get our first looks at how major league hitters will fare off of the electric arm of the 21 year old. Background & Scouting Report Walker was rated as the 20th and 18th best prospect coming into the 2012 season by Baseball...

Seattle Mariners Taijuan Walker To Make MLB Debut Against Astros

The Seattle Mariners have announced that prized pitching prospect Taijuan Walker will make his major league debut on Friday versus the Houston Astros. Walker is currently assigned to the Triple A Tacoma Rainiers where he is 5-3 with a 3.61 earned run average fanning 64 batters in 57 innings pitched. Walker also started 14 games in double A this season posting a 4-7 record with an...

Walker wins debut as Mariners top Astros 7-1

Top prospect Taijuan Walker did not allow an earned run over five innings in his major league debut and Dustin Ackley had a career-high four hits with four RBIs to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 7-1 on Friday night. The 21-year-old right-hander, rated the fifth-best prospect in baseball, yielded two hits and one run with two strikeouts and a walk. If the 6-foot...

Goodbye Michael Morse, hello Xavier Avery

So long, Michael While I’m sure you know I was in favor of trading Michael Morse before the trade deadline, I am still sad to see him go. In his first tour of duty with the Mariners, Michael was a young, eager shortstop who the M’s pegged to replace the departed Alex Rodriguez who chose to leave Seattle for greener wallets. Morse was a lanky kid who didn’t have a great bat...

Who are the best Mariners of all-time?

The best of the best With a new wave of young talent beginning to make their mark within the franchise, let’s have a look my list of the top dozen Seattle Mariners of all-time. 13- Kazuhiro Sasaki Ok, so I made it a baker’s dozen because I had trouble omitting one of these final players from the list. Kaz Sasaki came to the Mariners as a 32-year-old after playing 9 years in...

Seattle Mariners' Justin Smoak: Sustainable Success?

Justin Smoak has been hitting much better in 2013.  His weighed on-base average (wOBA), which is used to measure total offensive performance, has jumped over the league average mark for the first time in his entire career.  In fact, his wOBA of .341 is higher than the first baseman league average wOBA across the league.  What has caused Smoak’s offense to suddenly become tolerable...

Taijuan Walker, and the Rookie Hurlers that Came Before Him

The list of compelling rookie seasons for Seattle pitchers is a short one. Mark Langston debuted in 1984 with a 4.1 WAR. Freddy Garcia managed a 3.7 WAR in his freshman season in 1999. The flame-throwing Michael Pineda tossed up a 3.2 WAR in 2011. Felix Hernandez managed a 2.3 WAR in his somewhat brief […]

Mariners end 6-game skid with 3-2 win over Houston

Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run homer after Nick Franklin gave Seattle an early lead with a solo shot and the Mariners held on for a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night to end a six-game skid. Franklin put the Mariners on top with his one-out homer off Jordan Lyles (6-7) in the first inning. Raul Ibanez singled to start the fourth inning. Franklin Gutierrez&...

Mariners beat Astros 3-1 for 3rd straight victory

Mariners left-hander Joe Saunders would have preferred to keep going after throwing 86 pitches in Saturday night's 3-1 win over the Astros. But considering the struggles of both he and his team, he will take it. ''We still won,'' Saunders said. ''That's all that matters.'' Saunders pitched into the sixth inning for his first win in nearly...

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