Mariners Analysis: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

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Jun 15, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (32) pitches during the first inning after the game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Stock Up: Taijuan Walker

Prince Tai has finally shown the baseball world why Mariners’ fans have been drooling over him since he was a teenager. Taijuan Walker has been absolutely sizzling; at some points draw dropping, and for M’s fans everywhere, must see TV.

The fastball is absolutely lethal, and the smoothest looking 95-97 mph fastball that I have ever seen. But the biggest key to Walker’s recent success has been his changeup, which has been flat out nasty during the month of June. It keeps hitters off balance, and it gives hitters something else to think about other than the straight heat that he brings.

In the month of June, Tai has pitched 27 1/3 stellar innings, allowing just 25 hits and posting an incredible 2.63 ERA. Watching him and King Felix for years to come is going to be absolutely incredible. Taijuan Walker has been nothing short of phenomenal in the month of June for the Mariners’.

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