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Mariners calling up Taijuan Walker for Friday debut

Aug 28, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

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From Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 AM in Seattle comes word that the Mariners will promote top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday to start at Minute Maid Park against the Astros. It’ll be his major league debut.

Walker — the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft — has registered a 2.93 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 25 starts this season between the Double-A and Triple-A levels, striking out 160 batters and issuing only 57 walks over 141 1/3 innings.

The 21-year-old right-hander has a very bright future and will be able to get his feet wet down the stretch as the Mariners finish up another disappointing campaign. Seattle entered play on Wednesday with a 59-73 record.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Do Seattle fans still think Jack Z is a genius? Serious question.

    • Reflex - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      You have to remember what came before.

      And yes, Jack has done a fantastic job of rebuilding their farm system. Which is what he did in Milwaukee beforehand. Given time he should do very well at developing great young talent. I don’t know if the fans will be patient enough, nor do I know if other aspects of a GM’s job are handled well by him. I have questioned his choices of managers, for instance.

      • denny65 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:39 AM

        Until (and unless) Jack Z. succeeds in convincing the owners to fire Wedge, the jury will be out on his–Jack Z.’s–effectiveness.

        Wedge is killing, absolutely killing, the Mariners chances of going anywhere. He needs to be given his walking papers. Jack Z. can help in that decision-making process.

      • Reflex - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:56 AM

        I agree, that’s why I had the caveat about ‘other areas of his job as GM’. Jack is good at the following so far:

        1) Building the farm system
        2) Trading rental players for young talent
        3) Upgrading the minor league system, including innovations like nutritionists starting at single A working with players on diet and conditioning
        4) Working to change pitchers with suspect mechanics, and trading those who will not adjust(Pineda) before they can blow out their elbows

        He has not demonstrated an ability to pick a good field manager, and while the owners are willing to spend when the team is competitive he has not demonstrated a good ability to evaluate veteran talent and hand out large contracts where appropriate.

        That said, he is still a dramatic upgrade over the Bavasi era, and even if Jack can’t provide a contender if he were replaced the team would not require a complete top to bottom rebuild like it did when Jack inherited it.

    • dianadfbest - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:57 AM

      my step dad just bought a new silver Chevrolet Cruze Sedan by working part time off of a pc. Source…

  2. gnrfan8804 - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Never did

    • dondada10 - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      He made out very well in the J.J. Putz deal. That’s when the genius talk first started.

  3. fearthehoody - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    2 months too late! Just glad Harangatang is gone

  4. beastmode5150 - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Hey Denny, what does Wedge do that causes them to lose? Tell them “ok guys, I want you to all underachieve?

  5. mmason0071 - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Pitching in a Mariner’s vs Astros game is not really moving up to the Majors – it is more of a sideways move in AAA.

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