Taijuan Walker

Age 28
  • Born 08/13/1992
  • Bats R
  • Team: Seattle Mariners
2019 Statistics
W-L
-
IP
ERA
0.00
WHIP
0.00
K
K%
0.0
2020 Prediction
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2018
2019
Four-Seamer
66.7% Thrown 93.3 MPH 20 CSW%
Split-Finger
33.3% Thrown 88.6 MPH 25 CSW%

Walker was everyone’s favorite sleeper after a successful 2017, but injuries have caused him major issues over the last two seasons. Still a free agent at the time of this writing, his fastball has been a plus pitch throughout his career. He fanned 96 batters with the heater all the way back in 2017.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Nate Musser

The splitter has never been a terribly reliable pitch for Walker. It has a -15.7 pVAL over the course of his unique career.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Nate Musser
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
65.5% Thrown 93.9 MPH
Split-Finger
17.9% Thrown 89.2 MPH
Curveball
8.5% Thrown 76.6 MPH
Cutter
8.1% Thrown 88.1 MPH

Walker threw his four-seamer 54.7% of the time in 2017. And it was his predominant offering in 2018, too, at 65.2% across his 16 innings. In 2017, Walker’s four-seamer had a 20.8% whiff rate and was a very effective pitch with a 10.6 pVal.

Similar to his curve, Walker’s split is featured noticeably more against lefties. It had a fairly modest whiff rate of 18.8% in 2017 while allowing a .340 wOBA to opposing hitters. Overall, it was a negative pitch with a poor -5.1 pVal in 2017.

The curve is Walker’s fourth pitch by percent thrown at just 12.5% in 2017. The majority of his curves were thrown to lefties. The results were good in 2017 with a 34.6% whiff rate and .300 wOBA allowed.

The ex-Mariner only threw 16 innings last year, so the small-sample-size caveat applies here. Judging more so by 2017’s numbers, Walker’s cutter isn’t a particularly great swing-and-miss pitc, as it had a whiff rate of 19.9%. It was effective overall in 2017, as it limited hitters to just a .280 wOBA.

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