Mariners Game Recap: M’s Finish Spring Training on a High Note

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Mar 30, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (32) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Taijuan Walker has been electric for the Mariners this spring, and he was effective once again on Saturday afternoon at Talking Stick. Walker hurled 2.0 innings of 1 run ball in his final tune up before opening day. The 22-year-old struck out a pair of Rockies, and walked 1 on the day. His only blemish was Morneau’s long ball. Walker was pitched with great confidence today, and did a nice job locating his pitches.

Walker has been arguably the best pitcher in all of baseball in spring training. Walker exits the Cactus League with a 4-0 record and a 0.67 ERA across 27.0 innings pitched. The Yucaipa, CA product has tallied 26 punch-outs, and has issued just 5 walks. He has allowed just 10 hits this spring.

It was announced on Saturday that Walker will be pitching out of the number 4 slot to start the season. Tai has been incredible this spring, and a strong year from him could set the Mariners’ up nicely come playoff time. Walker is a big part of the future in Seattle, and he has proven this spring in Arizona that the future is now.

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