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Taijuan Walker
Popularity: ↑ 16%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 4" 235LBS | Age: 28

Draft: 2010 | Rd: CA, #43, Seattle Mariners | Yucaipa HS
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 4 3 2.70 11 11 0 53.1 50 1.16
8 Seasons 35 34 3.84 108 105 0 581.2 528 1.25
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 11 4-3 2.70 53.1 50 1.16
8 Seasons 108 35-34 3.84 581.2 528 1.25

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 2630 500 38 7.6 89.4 13.9 35 .248 .423 .311 .315 .379 34.1 22.3 5.5 4.56 4.28
2016 2311 409 37 9 89.4 12.7 34 .246 .434 .326 .320 .374 36.8 20.8 6.5 4.22 4.49
2017 2743 467 24 5.1 88.7 9.6 30.2 .243 .404 .311 .312 .358 34.5 21.4 8.9 3.49 4.24
2018 224 42 5 11.9 92.1 10.8 38.1 .302 .518 .331 .379 .424 42.9 16.1 8.9 3.46 6.48
2019 15 3 1 33.3 92.6 19.3 33.3 .263 .524 .304 .324 .431 33.3 25 0 0.00 4.76
2020 884 152 11 7.2 88.4 14 40.1 .254 .453 .291 .341 .398 32.9 22.2 8.4 2.70 5.07
8807 1573 116 7.4 89.2 12.3 33.9 .248 .426 .313 .320 .375 35 21.5 7.2
6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .243 .402 .318 .312 .362 35.1 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Walker relies on 5 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(38.3%) ,
Cutter
(21.5%) ,
Split Finger
(18.7%) ,
Sinker
(11.3%) ,
Curveball
(10.1%) ,


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Pitch Tracking

Year Pitch Type # # RHB # LHB % MPH PA AB H 1B 2B 3B HR SO BBE BA XBA SLG XSLG WOBA XWOBA EV LA Spin Whiff% PutAway%
2020 4-Seam Fastball 338 192 146 38.3 93.2 80 64 10 4 3 0 3 18 47 .156 .231 .344 .486 .297 .375 90.7 20 2143 23.1 15.7
2020 Cutter 190 148 42 21.5 85.2 55 53 8 4 1 0 3 16 37 .151 .236 .340 .477 .221 .313 90.0 8 2435 24.4 19.3
2020 Split Finger 165 77 88 18.7 89.0 52 50 13 10 1 0 2 12 38 .260 .237 .400 .408 .296 .291 85.9 17 1694 15.6 24.0
2020 Sinker 100 62 38 11.3 93.1 27 23 9 9 0 0 0 0 23 .391 .398 .391 .474 .399 .430 84.1 9 2050 11.6 0.0
2020 Curveball 89 45 44 10.1 74.6 11 11 3 1 2 0 0 4 7 .273 .246 .455 .302 .305 .240 84.0 5 2454 23.1 36.4
2019 4-Seam Fastball 10 3 7 66.7 93.3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .196 .000 .229 .000 .181 87.3 19 2167 12.5 0.0
2019 Split Finger 4 0 4 26.7 88.3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 1723 100.0 100.0
2019 Cutter 1 1 0 6.7 88.7 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1.000 .660 2.000 1.640 1.217 .933 103.0 21 2441 0.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2020 Sinker TOR R 100 93.1 17.9 -2.5 -12 14.5 0.4 3
2020 Curveball TOR R 89 74.6 65.2 2.9 5 9.4 -0.2 -2
2020 Splitter TOR R 165 89 25.5 -2.7 -10 13.4 0.8 6
2020 Cutter TOR R 190 85.2 33.6 -3.1 -10 4.9 1.4 40
2020 4-Seamer TOR R 338 93.2 13.2 1.2 9 6.8 0.5 8
2019 Splitter ARI R 4 88.3 25.7 -4.4 -14 14.5 3.5 31
2019 4-Seamer ARI R 10 93.3 14.4 1 6 8.8 2.1 31
2019 Cutter ARI R 1 88.7 23.4 4.7 17 4.9 2.9 146
2018 Curveball ARI R 19 76.6 59 -0.1 0 11.6 2.8 32
2018 Cutter ARI R 18 88.1 25.4 2.5 9 3.7 1.4 61
2018 Sinker ARI R 1 95.1 16.1 -3.5 -18 14.4 0.4 3
2018 Splitter ARI R 40 89.1 24.5 -5.7 -19 13 3.1 32
2018 4-Seamer ARI R 146 93.9 13.7 1.1 8 8.6 2 31
2017 Curveball ARI R 343 75.6 59.3 0.8 1 10.8 1.8 20
2017 Splitter ARI R 378 88.1 26 -2.1 -8 11.4 0.4 4
2017 Sinker ARI R 109 93.1 17.9 -1.6 -8 15.5 0.9 6
2017 4-Seamer ARI R 1500 93.7 13.9 -0.2 -2 7.3 -0.2 -2
2017 Cutter ARI R 411 86.4 31.2 -2.9 -10 4.5 1.8 68
2016 4-Seamer SEA R 1325 94.6 11.3 1.6 12 9.7 1.3 16
2016 Sinker SEA R 68 95.3 12.1 -5.1 -30 15.1 0.4 3
2016 Curveball SEA R 260 76.5 57.5 0.9 2 7.2 -1 -12
2016 Splitter SEA R 460 88.9 25.5 -1.4 -5 13 0.1 1
2016 Cutter SEA R 175 88.3 24.1 0.6 3 0 -0.5 -94
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2020 Curveball 0.1 0 89 10.1 11 .273 .455 .309 23.1 36.4 36.4 .246 .302 .24 0
2020 Sinker -2.4 -2 100 11.3 27 .391 .391 .404 11.6 0 0 .398 .474 .429 17.4
2020 Splitter -0.6 -1 165 18.7 52 .26 .4 .301 15.6 23.1 24 .237 .408 .291 21.1
2020 Cutter 1 2 190 21.5 55 .151 .34 .288 24.4 29.1 19.3 .236 .477 .313 45.9
2020 4-Seamer -1 -4 338 38.2 80 .156 .344 .309 23.1 22.5 15.7 .231 .486 .375 44.7
2019 Cutter 45.4 0 1 6.7 1 1 2 1.25 0 0 .66 1.64 .933 100
2019 Splitter -6.3 0 4 26.7 1 0 0 0 100 100 100 0
2019 4-Seamer -7.2 -1 10 66.7 2 0 0 0 12.5 0 0 .196 .229 .181 0
2018 Curveball 1.9 0 19 8.5 4 .5 .5 .45 16.7 0 0 .481 .567 .456 0
2018 Cutter -4.1 -1 18 8 7 .286 .286 .257 8.3 14.3 12.5 .355 .754 .468 50
2018 Splitter 6.5 3 40 17.9 15 .4 .6 .433 10.5 6.7 6.7 .334 .637 .41 42.9
2018 4-Seamer -1.6 -2 146 65.2 30 .2 .28 .29 24.5 23.3 18.4 .238 .373 .335 50
2018 Sinker 0 0 1 0.4 0 0
2017 Sinker -3.2 -4 109 4 23 .105 .211 .2 15.9 17.4 13.3 .166 .319 .274 25
2017 Curveball -1.6 -5 343 12.5 74 .197 .485 .308 34.6 27 22.2 .239 .414 .311 29.2
2017 Splitter 0.4 1 378 13.8 108 .295 .421 .355 18.4 8.3 10 .258 .367 .31 31.8
2017 Cutter -0.2 -1 411 15 114 .245 .409 .301 19.7 18.4 17.6 .249 .407 .282 30.8
2017 4-Seamer -0.6 -9 1500 54.7 356 .252 .405 .333 20.7 25.8 18.4 .243 .418 .327 39
2017 N/A 1 0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2020 Cutter 153 85.1 34 6.7 11:00 9:45 75
2020 Sinker 84 93.1 96 19.8 1:00 1:45 -45
2020 Curveball 78 74.5 94 21.3 7:00 7:00 0
2020 4-Seam Fastball 292 93.2 97 19.2 1:00 12:45 15
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2016 568 2292 -3 -9 10 9 7
2017 683 2789 -17 -28 18 12 -15
2018 56 224 -3 -1 3 1 0
2020 225 881 -5 -9 4 6 -5
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2015 2630 50.4 65.1 81.8 30.3 62.3 43.9 63 47.8 23.3 7.4 72.7
2016 2311 50.6 65.4 83.2 30.9 64.1 43.3 63.7 48.2 22.5 7.2 79.5
2017 2743 49.8 65.2 82.4 25 65.7 43.4 58.7 45 21.5 7.5 72.9
2018 224 56.7 56.7 81.9 15.5 66.7 41.1 67.9 38.8 18.4 8.9 80
2019 15 60 88.9 87.5 33.3 50 53.3 75 66.7 20 0
2020 884 50.8 63.2 86.6 21.2 57.6 42.2 56.9 42.4 20.5 7.7 73.5
8807 50.5 64.8 82.8 27.5 63.5 43.3 61.4 46.3 22.2 7.5 74.8
48.4 66.6 82.2 28.4 59 42.6 60.6 46.9 24.3 7.2 75.7

Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel %
2015 40.6 21.2 29.6 8.6 38.6 36.6 24.8 2.2 30.4 26.6 25.4 5.6 7.6
2016 45 19.3 27.4 8.3 38.1 36.4 25.4 2.4 35.2 24.2 24.7 3.7 9
2017 50.1 22.1 23.3 4.5 31.9 36.8 31.3 3.4 37 22.7 23.6 6.6 5.1
2018 45.2 23.8 31 0 28.6 47.6 23.8 2.4 33.3 19 23.8 7.1 11.9
2019 33.3 33.3 33.3 0 33.3 0 66.7 0 33.3 33.3 0 0 33.3
2020 38.2 19.7 33.6 8.6 38.8 36.8 24.3 3.3 28.3 28.3 23 9.9 7.2
44.4 20.9 27.6 7.1 36.2 36.9 26.9 2.7 33.5 24.8 24.3 5.8 7.4
45.3 21.9 25.7 7.1 36.6 37.9 25.5 3.5 33.5 24.3 24.5 5.6 6.4

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 31 35 18 12 56 1 10 15 47 63 81 57 31 74 33 17
2016 32 45 25 14 55 8 5 26 32 50 72 44 32 68 25 32
2017 49 51 44 43 43 26 67 14 37 46 38 30 49 43 31 30
2018
2019
2020 27 33 24 23 37 19 48 50 74 43 52 14 27 21 36 43
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2019 0 0.8 -1 0 1 0
2020 24.1 8 6.4 2 5 3 4 50

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1
2020 8 6 7 6 9 6 7 7 7 9 8 5 5 5 5 9 4 6 6 7 4 5 6 6 6 9 6 6 7 6 7
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights and distances, but does not attempt to adjust for environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 94.3 93.9 -0.4 92.2 -1.7 93.2 1 92.9 -0.3 90.7 -2.2
Offspeed Velocity 89.4 88.9 -0.5 88.1 -0.8 89.1 1 88.3 -0.8 89 0.7
Breaking Velocity 74.8 76.5 1.7 75.6 -0.9 76.6 1 0 0 74.6 0
Exit Velocity 89.4 89.4 0 88.7 -0.7 92.1 3.4 92.6 0.5 88.4 -4.2
Launch Angle 13.9 12.7 -1.2 9.6 -3.1 10.8 1.2 19.3 8.5 14 -5.3
Barrel % 7.6 9 1.4 5.1 -3.9 11.9 6.8 33.3 21.4 7.2 -26.1
Hard Hit % 34.1 36.8 2.7 34.5 -2.3 42.9 8.4 33.3 -9.6 32.9 -0.4
Sweet Spot % 35 34 -1 30.2 -3.8 38.1 7.9 33.3 -4.8 40.1 6.8
xBA .248 .246 -0.002 .243 -0.003 .302 0.059 .263 -0.039 .254 -0.009
BA .252 .247 -0.005 .247 0 .294 0.047 .25 -0.044 .214 -0.036
xwOBA .315 .32 0.005 .312 -0.008 .379 0.067 .324 -0.055 .341 0.017
wOBA .311 .326 0.015 .311 -0.015 .331 0.02 .304 -0.027 .291 -0.013
xSLG .423 .434 0.011 .404 -0.03 .518 0.114 .524 0.006 .453 -0.071
SLG .415 .462 0.047 .41 -0.052 .392 -0.018 .5 0.108 .368 -0.132
K% 22.3 20.8 -1.5 21.4 0.6 16.1 -5.3 25 8.9 22.2 -2.8
BB% 5.5 6.5 1 8.9 2.4 8.9 0 0 -8.9 8.4 8.4
Swing % 47.8 48.2 0.4 45 -3.2 38.8 -6.2 66.7 27.9 42.4 -24.3
Whiff% 23.3 22.5 -0.8 21.5 -1 18.4 -3.1 20 1.6 20.5 0.5
In Zone Swing % 50.4 50.6 0.2 49.8 -0.8 56.7 6.9 60 3.3 50.8 -9.2
Out of Zone Swing % 49.6 49.4 -0.2 50.2 0.8 43.3 -6.9 40 -3.3 49.2 9.2
First Pitch Swing % 27.9 29.7 1.8 25.6 -4.1 19.6 -6 50 30.4 24.9 -25.1
First Pitch Strike % 63 63.7 0.7 58.7 -5 67.9 9.2 75 7.1 56.9 -18.1
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 561 .326 294 36 12.2 267 129 48.3
2017 671 .310 343 0 0.0 328 77 23.5
2018 56 .331 28 0 0.0 28 17 60.7
2019 4 .304 2 0 0.0 2 0 0.0
2020 225 .291 131 22 16.8 94 70 74.5

Pitch Distribution