You may have heard this already, but Taijuan Walker is pretty good. The Mariners first pick of the 2010 draft continues to dominate the Class A Midwest League.
Last night, Walker threw his first complete game of his career, giving up a two-run homer in the first inning and not much else -- allowing just one hit the rest of the way in Clinton's 6-2 win. Walker struck out seven and walked one and retired the final 17 batters in order to get the victory.
In 13 starts this season, Walker has posted a 4-4 record with a 2.66 ERA in 71 innings pitched. He's struck out 90 hitters and walked just 28.
You have to wonder how much longer he will stay at Low A Clinton. Obviously, it's not ideal to send him to pitcher-unfriendly. But he's only 19 and a jump to Double A Jackson might be a bit much. The Mariners won't rush his progress. He's a young kid with not a ton of baseball experience so perhaps he will stay in Clinton and dominate for a while longer.
Double A Jackson scored a run in the first inning, but failed to score after that in a 2-1 loss. Lefty Mauricio Robles got moved up to Jackson after some horrendous outings in Class A High Desert and had a decent outing. Robles threw five shutout innings and allowing two hits while striking out three and walking four.
Class A High Desert picked up a 7-6 win over Lancaster as Denny Almonte hit walk-off homer in the win. Almonte had two homers and went 3-for-4, driving in four runs in the win.