2014 Fantasy Baseball: Be Careful Drafting SP Taijuan Walker
The number one pitching prospect on every single fantasy baseball prospect list this spring has been hands down SP Taijuan Walker of the Seattle Mariners. He has quickly become one of the top fantasy options and the fireballer has garnisheed the attention of thousands of fantasy fans this spring.
The 21-year-old flew through the minors and posted magical numbers throughout the 2013 minor league season. He posted a sizzling 2.93 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A and the youngster struck out 160 batters in just 141.1 innings of work.
Unfortunately, Walker has been struggling with shoulder bursitis all spring and he has yet to pitch a single inning. Walker is slowly getting back into shape, as he recently threw a 40-pitch bullpen session. However, the right-hander is not where he should be at this point in the spring. The season starts in just under two weeks and Walker has a long way to go.
Walker barely made it to the show last season. He started just three games and posted a 3.60 ERA to go along with a 1.00 WHIP. He struck out 12 batters in 15 innings and he showed a glimpse of what he can do.
Walker will be worth grabbing towards the end of the draft this year, but he shouldn’t be jumped on in one-and-done leagues. He will have better value in dynasty leagues and will be much productive during the 2015 fantasy season.