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The Seattle Mariners have lost six games in a row, have not made the playoffs since 2001 and with their 59-73 record, it looks like that is going to continue in 2013. Taijuan Walker (Photo Credit: Charlie Riedel/AP) Their starting rotation has been anchored by Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, but as a team, their ERA is 4.40, good enough for 27th in MLB. They are very excited about left-handed prospect Danny Hultzen, as well as 21-year-old right-hander Taijuan Walker, whom the team called up from Triple A Tacoma on Wednesday and is going to make his big league debut in the second game of a four game matchup against their AL West division foe Houston Astros on Friday. This move comes after the team designated Aaron Harang for assignment. The 35-year-old right hander Harang is 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA with a 1.338 WHIP in 120.1 innings pitched in 2013. rated him as the #4 prospect and his promotion to the bigs comes a little less than two weeks after the Boston Red Sox called up #6 prospect Xander Bogaerts. Walker has spent time pitching between Double A Jackson and Triple A Tacoma in 2013. His combined stats accounted for a 9-10 record with a 2.93 ERA, 160 strikeouts and 1.196 WHIP in 141.3 innings pitched this season. He is going to be facing an Astros team that 44-88 on the season as of Thursday. With Seattle being 27th in the Majors with a 4.40 ERA, the Astros are dead last at 4.86. Opposing Walker is going to be Brad Peacock. This 25-year-old righty has pedestrian numbers for the team with the worst record in baseball this season. With a 3-4 record, his ERA is 5.67 in 54 innings pitched and a 1.444 WHIP. Perhaps the most glaring stat of all is the fact that he has surrendered 13 home runs in those 54 innings he has hurled. The M’s chose Walker in the first round, No. 43 overall, in the 2010 draft, made his debut for the Mariners in the 2010 Arizona Fall League and participated the 2012 Futures All Star Game. Through 4 seasons of professional ball, he has compiled a 23-26 record with a 3.49 ERA, fanned 400 batters with a WHIP of 1.227 in 371.2 innings thrown.

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...

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: A Decade Of Hits And Misses In The 1st Round

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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...

Mariners' Mike Zunino nears end of recovery period

Seattle catcher Mike Zunino cleared another hurdle in his comeback from injury, engaging in an encouraging round of batting practice before Saturday's game. The third overall pick in the 2012 draft, Zunino rocketed up the Mariners system before making his big league debut on June 11th. After posting a .242/.315/.343 in 29 games, the 22-year old broke his hamate bone in his left...

Taijuan Walker, and the Rookie Hurlers that Came Before Him

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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...

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&...

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...

Ex-MLB'er Balentien Chases Japan HR Record

"Oh" My!You might remember Wladimir Balentien when he played for the Seattle Mariners. He was an OK hitter—in parts of three seasons in 'The Show' hitting a grand total of 15 HRs. Now, as a member of the Toykyo Yakult Swallows of the Nippon Professional Baseball League, he has collected 51 dingers (as of today) and is four bombs shy of tying the all-time Japanese...

Mariners drop 6th straight at home, lose 12-4

Rangers 12, Mariners 4. With AP Photos. Seattle manager Eric Wedge believes there is plenty of time to find some positives as the season approaches the final month. For the Mariners to find those, though, they will have to rebound from the worst homestand in team history. Seattle completed its first winless homestand of more than four games Wednesday, losing to the Texas Rangers...

Martin, Rangers rough up Hernandez, Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) -- Leonys Martin homered and drove in a career-high four runs as the Texas Rangers roughed up Felix Hernandez and romped past the Seattle Mariners 12-4 Thursday. The AL West-leading Rangers tagged Hernandez (12-8) for nine runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings. The former AL Cy Young winner's ERA climbed from 2.63 to 2.97. Martin Perez (8-3) limited the Mariners...

Martin, Rangers rough up Hernandez, Mariners 12-4

Leonys Martin homered and drove in a career-high four runs as the Texas Rangers roughed up Felix Hernandez and romped past the Seattle Mariners 12-4 Thursday. The AL West-leading Rangers tagged Hernandez (12-8) for nine runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings. The former AL Cy Young winner's ERA climbed from 2.63 to 2.97. Martin Perez (8-3) limited the Mariners to two runs and...
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