FANTASY BASEBALL BEAST ALERT:
BEAST DOME NATION.
Every season there is a pitcher that takes the Fantasy Baseball second half by storm. Last season it was Sonny Gray, the season before that it was Chris Tillman. A pitcher that comes out of nowhere (the minors) to perform like a Top 10 Pitcher as if he were Roy Halladay circa 2002.
This season, that pitcher is a young stud for the Mariners who has been battling arm inflamation all season long. He is one of the bright young stars in the game who is finally healthy. It is time to use the force and add Taijuan Walker.
TAIJUAN WALKER – SP – SEA
Stats 6/30: NO STATS (INJURED)
Here is my preseason analysis on MUNTRADAMUS.NET on Taijuan Walker.
While the analysis leaves you a little skeptical since his arm inflamation ended up being a 3 month injury with a lot of rehab games inbetween. Let us look at how good Taijuan was as a late season call up in 2013 once the Mariners were completely done.
Still not sold? Then trust my eye as I know talent when I see talent, and Taijuan Walker is the type of pitcher who will be a household name before the 2014 season is over.
In his last minor league start Taijuan Walker went 6 2/3 with 7 Strikeouts and 1 Hit allowed. There is very good reason I was very high on him this preseason, and now is the time he should be owned in every league.
TAIJUAN WALKER IS MUST OWN TO WIN YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
There is a lot of good factors working for Taijuan this year.
1. The Mariners have a legitimate shot at the playoffs. If the season ended today, they are in.
2. The AL WEST is not the same offensive powerhouse it was in the past. Angels are inconsistent, Texas is not the same, Houston is slowed down more often than not.
3. Safeco Field. Where Hitters come to die. Look at obinson Cano since he has become a Mariner. Cano will likely see less than 20 HRs this season for the first time since 2008.
4. His WHIP/Control. Last season with a WHIP of 1.00, Taijuan was taking the Fantasy League by storm under the radar. He knows how to get the strikeouts and throws a mean mid 90s fastball that has a lot of movement. He also has a deadly sharp curveball that can lock the batters from ever swinging the bat.
Between the pitch control and the unhittable stuff. Taijuan Walker is a player you want on your Fantasy Team for the entire second half of the season.
MUNTRADAMUS 2014 FINAL PREDICTION
15 Starts. 90 INN. 85 Ks. 2.89 ERA. (7-3) Record.