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Taijuan Walker To Make MLB Debut Friday

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Taijuan Walker in Spring training (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Taijuan Walker in Spring training (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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(1090 The Fan) — Seattle Mariners highly-touted, top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker is getting the call.

General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced Walker has been selected from Triple-A Tacoma to make his Major League debut on Friday in Houston.

The 21-year-old will wear #27 when he takes the mound on Friday.

Walker is the Mariners top pitching prospect and was listed by MLB.com as the No. 5 prospect in baseball heading into the 2013 season. In 25 starts split between AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma, Walker has combined to go 9-10 with a 2.93 ERA (46 ER, 141.1 IP) and is averaging 10.19 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched (160 strikeouts). Walker is tied for 4th among minor league pitchers in strikeouts.

The 6-4, 210-pound right-hander pitched in the All-Star Futures Game and was selected as a Southern League All-Star. In four minor league seasons he has combined to go 23-26 with a 3.49 ERA and recorded 400 strikeouts (9.69 K/9.0 IP).

Walker was originally selected by Seattle in the supplemental first round (43rd overall) in the June Amateur Draft. He is a native of Yucaipa, CA.

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