Eight days after making his AA debut in which he was solid if not spectacular, the Seattle Mariners best pitching prospect, Taijuan Walker, will return to the mound tonight for the Jackson Generals (8-4).
Walker pitched five innings in which he allowed four hits and two runs, both earned while striking out eight and walking one against Birmingham.
The 19-year-old showcases a fastball that touches the upper 90s and a devastating curveball, both pitches he can command on either side of the plate. He also has an average change, making it difficult for opposing hitters to gear up for either his fastball or curve.
Tonight he will be facing the Mississippi Braves at 5:05 PST and I will be posting live updates as soon as action gets under way so stay tuned to the blog.
In other news, one of the Mariners’ other elite pitching prospects, James Paxton, took the hill last night for Jackson. Paxton struggled quite a bit with his command, as he walked nine batters in 4 2/3 innings, but he continues to be unhittable as the Braves were only able to deliver two against him and therefore scored only the one run in a 7-1 loss.
Paxton remained 1-0 but has now allowed just eight hits in 15 innings this season. His strikeout to walk ratio is still solid despite eight walks last night at 21:9 and his ERA is 1.20. Opposing batters are hitting just .157 against him.
Pretty impressive. With the win last night, Jackson snapped a 3-game losing streak after beginning the season 7-1. The team will look to start a new winning streak tonight with their ace on the hill.