Taijuan Walker New York Mets

Age: 28 (August 13, 1992) | 6' 4" | 235lbs. | Throws: Right P-3
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
ARI NL 2017 9 9 0 0 28 28 157.0 148 17 61 146 3.50 1.33 1.30 3.5 8.4 .306 49/18/33 11 13
ARI NL 2018 0 0 0 0 3 3 13.0 15 1 5 9 3.46 1.54 1.46 3.5 6.2 .336 43/28/30 -1 -0
ARI NL 2019 0 0 0 0 1 1 1.0 1 0 0 1 0.00 1.00 1.00 0.0 0.0 .355 33/0/67 0 0
TOR AL 2020 2 1 0 0 6 6 26.1 22 3 11 25 1.37 1.25 1.22 3.8 8.5 .278 41/19/40 14 12
SEA AL 2020 2 2 0 0 5 5 27.0 21 5 8 25 4.00 1.07 1.20 2.7 8.3 .238 37/22/41 9 8
NYM NL 2021 7 3 0 0 17 17 90.0 67 6 34 89 3.00 1.12 1.03 3.4 8.9 .270 40/24/35 13 12
Career 9yrs 42 37 0 0 125 122 670.2 608 86 218 617 3.73 1.23 1.26 2.9 8.3 .291 n/a
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And now he's Kevin Goldstein's top prospect on the Mariners.

1. Taijuan Walker, RHP
DOB: 8/13/92
Height/Weight: 6-4/195
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted/Signed: First round, 2010, Yucaipa HS (CA)
2011 Stats: 2.89 ERA (96.2-69-39-113) at Low-A (18 G)
Tools Profile: He’s absolutely everything you'd look for in a potential ace.

... Walker's ceiling ranks with any pitching prospect in the game. He has an ideal frame, clean arm action, and the kind of athleticism normally reserved for shortstops and center fielders. His fastball sits at 93-96 mph, touches 98, and features some natural sink. His curveball is a monster power breaker that flashes as plus-plus, and his changeup is now a usable pitch... Walker is far from polished. His release points can be inconsistent... Walker’s changeup is still very much a work in progress...

Pretty much the same thing BA says, with a little more style. But where Goldstein really shines is in his "Ephemera."

While 10 players have been drafted out of Yucaipa High School, former backup catcher Corky Miller (Angels, 1994) is the only one to reach the big leagues.
Alex Patton Alex
Nov 9 '11
Baseball America's top prospect in the Midwest League.

Age: 19. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 195. Drafted: HS—Yucaipa, Calif., '10 (1s).
Walker made a name for himself as a shortstop and basketball forward before blossoming on the mound as a high school senior. His athleticism is obvious, as he repeats his delivery well and unleashes 91-98 mph fastballs with little effort. He locates his fastball well and maintains his velocity deep into games.

Walker significantly improved his fastball command and his curveball between May, when he arrived in Clinton, and August, when the Mariners shut him down after he reached his innings limit. His curve is an absolute hammer at times. His mechanics, changeup and control of his secondary pitches still need more polish, but he didn't turn 19 until August and time is on his side.

"He was a kid out of high school last year pitching against Division I college hitters and making them look pretty bad," Clinton manager Eddie Menchaca said. "That tells you where he could go. There's a lot more there, too. Once he adds a changeup and gets a two-seamer, the sky's the limit."

G GS W L SV ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
18 18 6 5 0 2.89 97 69 33 31 4 39 113 .202

One of 20 such scouting reports for the MWL.
Alex Patton Alex
Sep 27 '11