o que binary option
binary trading fun and profit
binary option sales representatives job ads
binary options platforms offer poor excuses for charts
binary options bully mad stats
good price binary options trading lessons for sale sale
binary option trading a fantastic way to earn a living online
binary options zecco review forex trading signals
buy freebinaryoptionstradingsimulatorwithpaypal shopping
binary trading how
free binary options signals marketsgear review
stock market binary options strategy on youtube 2014
orgbinary options trading set upurl
binary options trading hack review brokers in south africa
binary options journey end of week 5 update
an insight into binary options and financial spread betting
term analysis for india binary option trading strategies
binary options trading good or bad
basic types of research in binary options trading
binary options bonus all you need to know
put call parity binary options
binary options on economic
binary options broker the best ways to pick the one
uk canada binary options in the usa
binary options hourly trading system easy way make money 70
the road to trading binary options for good money
binary signals bot download
binary traders
vantage fx binary options platfo
new trusted interactive binary option broker on my site
binary options trading system revie
legalities of binary options in australia
binary option trade signals discount
forex binary options windows 7 free download windows 7 windows 7
60 seconds binary options simple strategy that works anytime
binary trading haram review options trade calculator
binary option system mechani
binary options academy
the history of binary options trading
ioption shocks the binary options market and shuts down
humour options binaires lincoln et bernanke by binaryoptions follow
binary21 mobile binary options app
cherrycokes all or nothing binary options odyssey page 26
binary trading demo account uk review best options charts
tag archives binary options quit my job
review with binary options on line
buy binaryoptionssignalsindicatorthecheapest shopping
live binary trades
zoom to success trading binary options from beginner to pro
fast way to make money online in binary options
unlimited risks and unlimited opportunities binary betting options trading
what are binary options the prime advantages of trading
the best binary options trad
binary option system jacket
trade binary options trend detection in forex mark
binary option methods which will
best 5 binary options strategies
binary options strategy boo
full time binary options trad
a detailed guide to binary options trading
best free binary options trading system
13 binary options strategy cci rpn indicator
nadex binary option trading signals market predictions for 4 14 2014
binary options kelly formula review option matrix pro
forex vs binary options strategies
optionrally review trade binary options
nadexnadex binary options trading signalsbest strategy
options trading risk management review nadex binary signals
whether high or low fb matters for binary options investors
has anyone made money trading binary options option in nigeria
binary trading on youtube review software download
how to win in binary options 101 course
best binary options trading websites review signals 90 accuracy
watch what are binary options digital explained trading risks
binary brokers definition
trofeos binary domain ps3
options trading yahoo answers review utopia binary signals
fx binary option scalper revi
how to trade nfp with binary options
useful and helpful binary options tips
binary option no deposit demo accoun
gold trading indicator binary international
trading 2 binary options to reduce risk and increase profits
a great binary options strategy long box trading
regulated binary options trading
tag archives binary option trading in islam
binary option system id
the best binary options brokers secrets
binary option system zarzadzania jakoscia
profit in 60 seconds reviewed top rated 60 second binary options software
top 10 binary option trading
binary options is it safe
quantum binary signals subscription review options brokers forum
how to hedge a binary option
francos binary option trading signals part 2
binary options trading cedar finan
binary options trading tool economic calendar
binary options report oct 31 nov 4
binary option indicator tradeelite v1 0 free mp3 download
binary options trading signals receive the best signals

Prospect Instinct 2012 | Taijuan Walker, RHP Seattle Mariners

Taijuan Walker, RHP Seattle Mariners

8/13/1992

Height:6’4” Weight:195

If there is one thing you need to know about the Seattle Mariners, it’s that they know how to spot a good pitcher. The list of home-grown major league pitchers and prospects includes Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda, Danny Hultzen, James Paxton. Another name that is going to fit well in that impressive list is Taijuan Walker.

Taijuan Walker was the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 draft; having been chosen by the Seattle Mariners in the supplemental portion of the 1st round. Many believed that he was chosen by the M’s partly due to sign-ability reasons. In a draft that was deep in prep pitching talent, Walker was reputed to be on those prep pitchers that would to not require “over slot” money to get signed. He signed with the Mariners fairly quickly, agreeing to an $800,000 signing bonus. He was able to make 4 appearances at rookie level ball, but the data sample size was simply too small to provide any significant insight into his talent and ability. However, the 2011 season was very telling indeed.

The Mariners had Walker play in full-season A ball where he made 18 starts. His win/loss record of 6-5 belies the true success of his season. In 96.2 innings pitched, Walker carried a 2.89 era. Issuing 39 free passes in 96.2 innings is just fine; fanning 113 batters in those same 96.2 innings is excellent. This is even more impressive when taken in the context that he was an 18-year-old in a league with the average age of the player is over 21. He dominated players that were often 2 – 3 years older. Suddenly the Mariners #1 pick in 2010 has started to make General Manager Jack Zduriencik and Mariners scouting department very good.

After watching Walker post such shiny numbers, we realized that he was one of the best arms in all of the minor leagues. As such, we listed him as #27 on our 360 list. In order to see why we arrived at that conclusion let’s take a look at his pitching arsenal.

The Stuff

The Fastball – Taijuan Walker’s fastball is the real deal. It averages 93-94mph, but Walker can dial-up 98mph when he wants a little extra. The pitch can come in straight especially when he pitches up in the zone with it. However, it can show some late downward action especially when he stays low in the strike zone. This is one of the interesting things about Walker. He was known to have good but raw stuff coming out of high school. But what became apparent rather quickly is that he has a lot of polish for being such a young age. The fact that he can pitch up or down and side-to-side within the strike zone is an excellent example of that polish.

The Curveball – This pitch has come a long ways since high school and flashes plus-plus. He slows this pitch way down compared to his fastball. Generally the curve sits in the high 70s for velocity. It has a big-time 12-6 breaking action. It has the potential to be an elite pitch and simply requires consistency.

The Changeup – Walker is continuing to work on his changeup. He has been known to slow his arm down a lot when delivering this pitch, so he tips off the hitters that it is coming. He has been so dominant with his fastball in the levels that he has played, that he has never really had to have a good changeup. There is plenty of reason to believe that he can and will improve upon this pitch.

The Mechanics

The first thing you notice in watching Taijuan Walker pitch is that he is supremely athletic. In fact many thought he would end up being a big time college basketball player. Standing at 6’4” and weighing in at 195lbs he has a frame that likely still has projection to it. As he fills out, it is possible that there could be some added velocity to his stuff.

During his windup Walker likes to bring his leg back far enough that it points behind 3rd base. He then kicks towards third base before wheeling his front foot towards home plate. The movement towards third base tends to have him throw slightly across his body, though the movement doesn’t seem to generate any undue strain on his upper body. The change in motion from third base to home plate generates a kind of whipping action that seems highly effective. He lands in front of the mound in a nicely balanced position and is ready to field the ball. The arm action is consistently repeated and looks to be very clean. No signs of high risk for injury.

YouTube Preview Image

Perhaps most notable about Walkers delivery is that it looks so easy. There is nothing about this delivery that makes it look like he can rush the ball up to the plate at 98 mph. His natural athleticism and seemingly effortless delivery bode well for Walker’s future.

Our Instinct

Taijuan Walker’s developmental path is comprised of a lot of different factors that are coming together well. He has a ton of athleticism, which has helped to make a clean and easy mechanical delivery. His stuff is already quite good and may still have some projectibility. He is already showing an understanding of pitching and is starting to demonstrate that he can “change location” within the strike zone. He is a part of an organization that has had recent success in developing pitchers and they appear to be moving Walker along in a patient and deliberate fashion. They did not push his pitch count too high for his first full season of professional ball, and did not move him out single-A ball despite the fact that his performance would have justified such a move. On top of everything else Walker, will be pitching in Safeco park once he arrives in the major leagues. As stated above, there are many things to like about his situation.

Of course there are areas in which Walker needs to improve. Priority number one is that he needs to improve his changeup. This will become very important as he faces higher levels of competition and particularly opposite-handed hitters. Walker also needs to continue to develop consistency of his command within the strike zone. Lastly he needs to increase arm strength. He pitched less than 97 innings last season and obviously has a ways to go before he can assume the rigors of 180+ innings at the major league level.

I have great interest in seeing where the Mariners decide to pitch Walker in 2012. The next logical stop would be high-A ball in the California league. However, that league is notoriously friendly to hitters and can be detrimental to pitching development. The Mariners organization has been known to have pitchers skip directly from single-A to double-A and completely bypass the California league. This was done with another Mariners hot pitching prospect James Paxton last season.

At 19 years old it seems the sky is the limit for Taijuan Walker. He has all of the fundamental components to become a successful starting pitcher in the major leagues. Barring injury Walker is a productive front-half of the rotation type, however, Walker has the ceiling of an ace. It doesn’t take long when watching Walker to see that his talent could make him special in the near future. Yes indeed, he will fit in just fine with the list of home-grown Mariner SP studs.

Stick with Baseball Instinct and we’ll keep you a step ahead of the game. Check back soon for more Prospect coverage. While you’re here, check out our Baseball Instinct 360° – it’s our top 360 prospects for 2012. Also check out a friend of ours for all of your fantasy sports needs. Fantasy Rundown is updated religiously and is truly an awesome resource. Thanks for checking Baseball Instinct. We’re working hard to bring you the best of the minor leagues and make the site the best experience it can be, so don’t hesitate to tell us what you would like to read about. Email us now at mailbag@baseballinstinct.com.

Advertisement

No comments.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Social Widgets powered by AB-WebLog.com.