(1090 The Fan) — Will we be seeing Taijuan Walker in a Mariners uniform this year? Will his Futures Game outing have anything to do with the answer to that question?

The Bleacher Report’s Madison Guernsey says, “At 6’4”, Walker’s got the ideal body and length for a big league pitcher, so now it’s all about refining his stuff and increasing his baseball IQ.”

In regards to whether he’s ready, Walker’s manager at Triple-A Tacoma, John Stearns, had this to say about the young prospect:

“He’s much more mature physically than a year ago, to think that he’s here doing this at age 20 at this level is really, you can really fantasize about what’s going to happen in the future with him. He’s got a really high ceiling, his ceiling is up there as good as I’ve seen.”

In 17 starts this eason between Tacoma and Double-A Jackson, Walker is 6-7 with a 2.16 ERA, and a WHIP slightly above one. He strikes out ten batters per nine innings and has only allowed one run in the 16 innings he’s tossed for the Rainiers.

Read Guernsey’s breakdown of Walker’s upcoming appearance in his article: Seattle Mariners: Scouting Report for Taijuan Walker in Futures Game

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