Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/15/12
Message from the future Your patience will be rewarded Disparaging fans were excited to see the trio of Mariners prize pitching prospects take the field this spring. Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen and James Paxton delivered well on the expectations placed upon them. However, much to the dismay of many, all three of these future stars were sent to the minor league camp over the weekend.  While everyone was looking to a pitching sensation to fill the role Michael Pineda played in 2011, cooler heads prevailed and did the right thing. The main reason is experience. No matter how well these guys did in spring training, they were simply not ready to join the big leagues. Pitching professional ball is a whole lot different than college and independent leagues.  The schedule, the competitive edge, and the seasoned hitters are all things that the three youngsters need a chance to see firsthand. Here is the situation on each of the three prospects: Taijuan Walker (19) 1st Round Draft Pick (4...
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