Add something else to the list of positives for the Seattle Mariners going into the last month of a disappointing 2013 season. Their number one prospect Taijuan Walker made his Major League Baseball debut on Friday night against the Houston Astros. It went extremely well. Usually it is a team like the Astros that are debuting promising young pitchers and talent but this time the Mariners threw one out there that is going to be very good.
His outing was five innings and he held the Astros to 2 hits and 1 run with 2 K’s. That might not seem terribly impressive just because it was against the Astros but don’t fool yourself. The Astros might be the MLB team with the worst record but they are still an MLB team full of guys that belong at the MLB level. They certainly could be as tough on a debut as any team in baseball and yet he shut them down. It is impressive regardless.
Though he is the best prospect in the Mariners system, his triple-A numbers aren’t exactly miniscule. This effort in his debut suggests that he could have even better ahead of him at the MLB level than it seems he does. Regardless of what happens for the rest of the season, all Mariners fans should pay close attention to Walker as he finishes this season and especially next year in Spring Training.