Daily Notes: Taijuan Walker to Debut on This Day in History

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.

1. Taijuan Walker to Debut on This Day in History
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Taijuan Walker to Debut on This Day in History
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is to announce that today — a day which has, until now, belonged to the future, but which, in short order, will reside entirely in the past — that today right-handed Seattle prospect Taijuan Walker is scheduled to make his major-league debut at 8:10pm ET against the Houston Astros.

Regarding Taijuan Walker, How He Was Acquired
Walker, presently 21 years old, was a supplemental-round pick by Seattle in 2010 out of a California high school.

Regarding Taijuan Walker, His Prospect Status
Here’s where Walker ranked on certain, notable midseason top-prospect lists:

Baseball America: 7th.
Baseball Prospectus: 9th.
Bullpen Banter: 3rd.
FanGraphs (Marc Hulet): 5th.
Minor League Ball (John Sickels): 5th.

Regarding Taijuan Walker, What He Throws
Inspecting a collection of the available scouting reports on Walker — plus the PITCHf/x data (courtesy Brooks Baseball) from his appearance in the Futures Game — one finds that he’s likely to throw the following four pitches:

• A four-seam fastball at an average, probably, of ca. 94 mph.
• A cut fastball in the low-90s.
• A curveball at 73-75 mph.
• A changeup in the mid-, or even high-, 80s.

Action Footage: Walker’s Fastball
Here’s slow-motion footage from his August 20th start (box) of Walker throwing his fastball at probably 96 mph to Rockies minor-leaguer Ben Paulsen in the second innings of that game:

Walker Paulsen FA SS K SLOW 2nd

Action Footage: Walker’s Curveball
And here’s video of Walker’s curveball, which pitch he threw to Colorado Springs shortstop Drew Garcia for strike three, looking, after the latter had fouled off five consecutive fastballs on a full count:

Walker Garcia CU Looking K 2nd

Regarding Taijuan Walker, His Numbers This Season
Walker recorded strikeout and walk rates of 28.3% and 8.9%, respectively, in 84.0 innings with Double-A Jackson — the former of which figures continues to rank second among all pitchers with 70-plus innings (starters, essentially) in that league. Following a June promotion, Walker’s rates (57.1 IP, 26.0% BB, 11.0%) deteriorated in almost the precise way one might expect from promotion to a higher level.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Minnesota at Texas | 20:05 ET
Liam Hendriks (20.1 IP, 123 xFIP-, -0.2 WAR) faces Yu Darvish (168.0 IP, 66 xFIP-, 4.5 WAR), in a matchup featuring two pitchers from the Eastern Hemisphere — a.k.a. one of the top hemispheres there is.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Texas Radio.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.8.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Roy Halladay PHI 5 0 5 4 8 CHN Jeff Samardzija 14:20
Miguel Gonzalez BAL 3 9 5 3 7 NYA CC Sabathia 19:05
Dillon Gee NYN 5 6 6 3 9 WAS J. Zimmermann 19:05
Shelby Miller STL 10 3 8 6 9 PIT Francisco Liriano 19:05
Ervin Santana KC 7 8 6 6 4 TOR Mark Buehrle 19:07
Zach McAllister CLE 4 7 6 7 8 DET Rick Porcello 19:08
Hector Santiago CHA 4 1 4 9 3 BOS Ryan Dempster 19:10
Jose Fernandez MIA 10 1 8 8 7 ATL Julio Teheran 19:30
Liam Hendriks MIN 2 3 5 4 10 TEX Yu Darvish 20:05
Jered Weaver LAA 4 7 5 3 5 MIL Wily Peralta 20:10
Taijuan Walker* SEA 18 4 8 4 0 HOU Brad Peacock 20:10
Bronson Arroyo CIN 5 3 4 7 3 COL Jeff Manship 20:40
Tim Lincecum SF 7 4 6 3 7 AZ Randall Delgado 21:40
David Price TB 7 10 6 7 4 OAK Jarrod Parker 22:05
Eric Stults SD 4 6 5 3 7 LAN Hyun-Jin Ryu 22:10

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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Muck Bartinez
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Muck Bartinez

18 vs 0 must be the largest gap in SP nerd scores in history.

rusty
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rusty

Not to cast aspersions, but Walker’s 18 was exactly the pitcher NERD needed to vault his debut’s Game Score into a tie for today’s highest-rated matchup.

Hirohitahomerun already
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Yes, Dear Author’s thumb elevated SEA v. HOU to stand beside STL v. PIT in NERD watchability. Why this intervention to raise a dumpster fire game to equal Liriano v. Miller play-offy nail-biter?

Dear Author has gone po-po-mo (with ironic self-loathing arrogance, no doubt).

Mo: “Go Angels!, team of my geography and father.”
Po-Mo: “Bah, ‘Facts’ of geography and patrilineage are false, all is narrative. Pittsburgh’s revolt against St. Louis’ creaking but still potent imperialism is all that is watchable.”
Po-Po-MO: “‘Team’ as concept and ‘narrative’ are unwatchable, I want fantasy. Fantasy is squealing delight in trending, meme-y, new blank canvases for my projected fantasies. Hey, what time does One Direction: This Is Us open? 3D.”

BTW, if St Louis hitters (#1 wRC+) could muster a 5 Team Score, like the Mets’ hitters (#11 wRC+), the STL-PIT game would supersede SEA-HOU.

Steve Holt
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Steve Holt

Peacock being a zero is a bit rough. He has been throwing well recently.