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Crystal Ball: Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners

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Multiple people have requested a Crystal Ball for Seattle Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker, so here it is.

The Crystal Ball is NOT a PREDICTION in the sense of me saying "this is how the guy will turn out." The idea is to generate discussion about a player by presenting one possible outcome for his career, based on what we currently know about him.

It is not just thrown together; I try to make them logical, based on the outcomes of players who were similar at the same stage of their career. Sometimes a CB represents a maximal outcome, sometimes it is more of a middle ground.

As with most young pitchers, the key question for Walker is health.

Taijuan Walker
Year Team G GS IP H R ER W L ERA K BB SV Age K/9 BB/9 H/9
2013 Mariners 3 3 15 11 7 6 1 0 3.6 12 4 0 20 7.2 2.4 6.6
2014 Mariners 8 5 38 31 12 11 2 3 2.61 34 18 0 21 8.05 4.26 7.34
2015 Mariners 29 29 169.67 163 92 86 11 8 4.56 157 40 0 22 8.33 2.12 8.65
2016 Mariners 25 25 134.33 129 75 63 8 11 4.22 119 37 0 23 7.97 2.48 8.64
2017 Mariners 31 31 184 175 86 82 10 10 4.01 168 52 0 24 8.22 2.54 8.56
2018 Mariners 32 32 197 180 90 83 14 10 3.79 188 52 0 25 8.59 2.38 8.22
2019 Mariners 24 24 133 142 76 73 7 12 4.94 112 56 0 26 7.58 3.79 9.61
2020 Mariners 8 8 42 39 22 22 1 3 4.71 38 20 0 27 8.14 4.29 8.36
2021 Mariners 29 29 178 165 76 69 13 9 3.49 160 55 0 28 8.09 2.78 8.34
2022 Mariners 32 32 208 186 87 79 15 10 3.42 177 63 0 29 7.66 2.73 8.05
2023 Giants 33 33 211 205 97 93 11 13 3.97 167 57 0 30 7.12 2.43 8.74
2024 Giants 29 29 183 182 93 88 12 11 4.33 156 51 0 31 7.67 2.51 8.95
2025 Giants 24 24 140 144 67 63 8 8 4.05 99 39 0 32 6.36 2.51 9.26
2026 Giants 30 30 183 176 76 71 15 8 3.49 139 47 0 33 6.84 2.31 8.66
2027 Giants 18 10 94 102 60 52 3 7 4.98 63 30 0 34 6.03 2.87 9.77
2028 Giants 38 10 112 130 67 63 5 7 5.06 76 33 0 35 6.11 2.65 10.4
2029 Mets 3 3 16 12 3 3 2 0 1.69 9 2 0 36 5.06 1.13 6.75
2030 Mets 42 1 57 50 26 24 3 3 3.79 30 14 1 37 4.74 2.21 7.89
2031 Astros 4 0 7 6 3 3 0 0 3.86 2 4 0 38 2.57 5.14 7.71
442 358 2302 2228 1115 1034 141 133 4.04 1906 674 1 551 7.45 2.64 8.71