Taijuan Walker, Starting Pitcher, Arizona Diamondbacks
Date of Birth: 8/13/1992
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana
Taijuan Walker, starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was first drafted by the Seattle Mariners in June, 2010. He played in the minor leagues from 2010 through most of 2014, joining the Mariners for three games in 2013 and eight games in 2014.
As a minor leaguer from 2010 through 2014, Walker pitched 453.2 innings in 88 games. He had a 3.65 ERA, a 30-30 win-loss record, and 491 strikeouts to 176 walks. In 2014, he pitched 38.0 innings for the Mariners. During that time, he had a 2.61 ERA and a 2-3 record.
In 2015, his first full season in the majors, Walker pitched in 29 games with the Mariners. He finished the season with an 11-8 record, 157 strikeouts to 40 walks, and a 4.56 ERA in 169.2 innings. On July 31st, he pitched a complete game one-hitter. He threw 100 pitches and struck out 11 batters. The only hit he gave up was a home run to Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins.
Walker pitched in 25 games with the Mariners in 2016. He finished the season with a 4.22 ERA, 8 wins to 11 losses, and 119 strikeouts to 37 walks in 134.1 games.
The Mariners traded Walker to the Diamondbacks on November 23, 2016.
Career pitching statistics for Walker through 2016 include:
- 65 games played
- 357.0 innings pitched
- 22-22 win-loss record
- 322 strikeouts to 99 walks
- 4.18 ERA