Mariners Weekly Rundown: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

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Sep 14, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker (32) throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated Los Angeles, 10-1. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Taijuan Walker – Hot

Prince Tai turned in yet another strong start this week for the Mariners. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed 1 run on 4 hits through 7 innings of work as he picked up his 11th win of the season. Walker struck out 7 and did not issue any walks.

2015 has been Walker’s first full season in the big leagues, and he has fared reasonably well. His 4.56 ERA is impressive, especially when you take into account that his ERA was 7.33 in late May. Sky Walker has made 29 starts, pitched 169.1 innings and stayed healthy the entire season.

I think 2016 will be Taijuan Walker’s breakout campaign. He has flashed All-Star ability, but consistency will be key next season. For the first time in his career, Walker enters the offseason with a guaranteed spot in the Mariners’ rotation next year.

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