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Friday, June 5, 2020

Articles tagged: Taijuan Walker

Report: Mariners want to bring back Taijuan Walker

The Seattle Mariners are looking to reunite with their former top prospect.

Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reported on Monday that the Mariners have made a “standing offer” to righty Taijuan Walker for a one-year deal and the fifth spot in their rotation. Divish adds though that the 27-year-old has offers from a handful of teams and is still determining his best opportunity.

Walker also reportedly threw for the Chicago Cubs this week.

The veteran was selected by the Mariners in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft with the No. 41 overall pick. He never reached his full potential in Seattle and was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016. Walker then tore the UCL in his pitching elbow in 2018 and had to undergo Tommy John surgery, resulting in just four total appearances over the last two seasons.

Walker also dealt with some other painful ailments in recent years, so the hope will be that he still has enough left to contribute to an MLB team.

Taijuan Walker dealt with 10 bone spurs in his right foot last year


Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker had a painful 2016 campaign in more ways than one.

According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Walker said that he had 10 bone spurs in his right foot last season that affected the use of his lower body. Walker also added that the biggest bone spur was 3/4 of an inch.

The 24-year-old Walker was all over the place in 2016 as a Seattle Mariner, going 8-11 with a 4.22 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 25 starts. He was demoted to the minor leagues in August and was ultimately traded to the Diamondbacks last month along with shortstop Ketel Marte for a package centered around infielder Jean Segura.

A quantum leap probably shouldn’t be expected of Walker in 2017 with the move to a highly hitter-friendly ballpark in Chase Field. But hopefully a better bill of health can help the highly talented but highly inconsistent righty get back on track in Arizona.

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Mariners demote Taijuan Walker to minors


Taijuan Walker’s rough season continues.

The Seattle Mariners announced on Monday that they have demoted the struggling Walker to Triple-A Tacoma in order to make room on the roster for fellow righty Arquimedes Caminero.

Walker, 23, had just made his first start on Saturday after missing over a month with tendinitis in his right foot but was shelled for six earned runs in four innings by the Angels.

Even when healthy, Walker has been relatively disappointing this season with a 4-7 record and a 4.10 ERA in 17 starts. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto made it clear that the team sees Walker as a long-term building block. But Walker’s recent issues with control and with finishing off batters have put a damper on his otherwise impressive stuff, and the Mariners apparently think he could benefit from some time in the minors to work out his issues.

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Mariners GM says Taijuan Walker will not be traded


Unfortunately, it looks as though Walker, Texas Ranger will remain just a TV series for the foreseeable future.

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said on Friday that the team will not be moving young right-hander Taijuan Walker at the trade deadline, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Walker, 23, has gone 4-7 this season with a 3.66 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and 80 strikeouts in 16 starts. He still has yet to put everything all together, but Walker remains perhaps the most talented young pitcher in the entire Mariners organization.

Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball had reported on Thursday that both the Cubs and the Rangers recently inquired about Walker’s availability. With Felix Hernandez now on the wrong side of 30, Walker appears to be the future ace in waiting of the Seattle staff, and the team was never going to just surrender him over willy-nilly.

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Angela Rypien and Taijuan Walker are boyfriend-girlfriend

Angela Rypien Taijaun Walker

They’re not quite at Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi levels, but Angela Rypien and Taijuan Walker would probably produce some incredibly athletic babies if they ever decided to have children.

Rypien, the daughter of former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, and Walker, a top pitching prospect in the Seattle Mariners organization, are the newest athlete couple. They have been boyfriend-girlfriend for at least a few months based on what we can tell from their social media accounts.
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Rypien plays quarterback for the Baltimore Charm of the “Legends Football League,” which you know best as the league formerly known as the Lingerie Football League. She is listed at 6-foot and 149 pounds on the Charm’s website. Her stats for the most recent season were 16-for-36 for 152 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. She also rushed for a touchdown.

Walker is a former first-round pick by the Mariners. He was drafted 43rd overall in 2010. He signed with the team and began pitching in the organization as a 17-year-old in rookie ball. He started off last season at Double-A, moved up to Triple-A, and even pitched 15 innings with the M’s last season. His career minor league numbers include a 23-26 record, 3.48 ERA and 400 strikeouts in 372 innings.

You may recognize Walker’s name because he was mentioned consistently during the David Price trade talks. The Mariners are so high on him they said they would not trade him even for someone like Price.

While Walker is getting ready for spring training, Rypien actually was doing some media work. She appeared as a guest on Jim Rome’s show on Showtime this week and got some good wishes from Tai:


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