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Taijuan Walker
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
2021 5 2 2.07 11 11 0 61.0 60 1.03
9 Seasons 40 36 3.67 119 116 0 642.2 588 1.23
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 11 5-2 2.07 61.0 60 1.03
9 Seasons 119 40-36 3.67 642.2 588 1.23

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Max EV Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 23 2630 500 38 7.6 89.4 113.2 13.9 35 .248 .423 .311 .315 .379 34.1 22.3 5.5 4.56 4.31
2016 24 2311 409 37 9 89.4 111.5 12.7 34 .246 .434 .326 .320 .374 36.8 20.8 6.5 4.22 4.49
2017 25 2743 467 24 5.1 88.7 116.7 9.6 30.2 .243 .404 .311 .312 .358 34.5 21.4 8.9 3.49 4.27
2018 26 224 42 5 11.9 92.1 112.5 10.8 38.1 .302 .518 .331 .379 .424 42.9 16.1 8.9 3.46 6.52
2019 27 15 3 1 33.3 92.6 103 19.3 33.3 .263 .524 .304 .324 .431 33.3 25 0 0.00 4.76
2020 28 884 152 11 7.2 88.4 108.6 14 40.1 .254 .453 .291 .341 .398 32.9 22.2 8.4 2.70 5.07
2021 29 946 156 10 6.4 89 111.4 12.4 30.8 .223 .355 .236 .292 .340 40.4 24.9 10 2.07 3.38
9753 1729 126 7.3 89.1 116.7 12.3 33.6 .246 .419 .306 .317 .372 35.5 21.8 7.4
6.5 88.3 122.2 11.9 32.8 .243 .403 .317 .312 .363 35.3 22 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Walker relies on 5 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(31.6%) ,
Sinker
(23.6%) ,
Slider
(21.2%) ,
Split Finger
(14.3%) ,
Curveball
(9.3%) ,


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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 Ext. Whiff% PutAway%
2021 4-Seam Fastball 299 149 150 31.6 94.4 84 76 13 9 3 0 1 33 44 .171 .206 .250 .364 .224 .278 91.7 20 2172 6.1 28.7 27.3
2021 Sinker 223 120 103 23.6 93.4 61 51 13 12 0 0 1 9 42 .255 .244 .314 .369 .321 .333 87.2 7 2083 6.1 20.0 18.8
2021 Slider 201 124 77 21.2 85.7 50 46 7 5 2 0 0 10 38 .152 .239 .196 .389 .166 .279 89.3 17 2434 5.9 25.0 14.5
2021 Split Finger 135 50 85 14.3 89.6 40 34 6 4 2 0 0 6 28 .176 .237 .235 .307 .256 .304 86.4 -2 1684 6.0 19.7 14.3
2021 Curveball 88 26 62 9.3 76.2 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 .000 .079 .000 .143 .000 .091 82.9 20 2446 5.8 36.8 10.5
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 6.2 23.1 15.7
2020 Slider 190 148 42 21.5 85.2 55 53 8 4 1 0 3 16 37 .151 .237 .340 .477 .221 .314 90.0 8 2435 6.0 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 .297 .290 85.9 17 1694 6.1 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 6.2 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 5.9 23.1 36.4
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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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
2021 40.4 23.7 25.6 10.3 31.4 38.5 30.1 4.5 29.5 26.3 26.3 6.4 6.4
44.1 21.2 27.4 7.3 35.8 37 27.2 2.9 33.1 24.9 24.5 5.9 7.3
45.2 22.1 25.5 7.1 36.6 37.9 25.5 3.6 33.4 24.3 24.5 5.6 6.5

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
2021 Curveball NYM R 88 76.2 61.5 2.6 4 8.6 0 0
2021 4-Seamer NYM R 299 94.4 12.5 1.1 8 9.6 2.9 44
2021 Splitter NYM R 134 89.6 26.3 -2.2 -8 15.9 2.8 21
2021 Slider NYM R 200 85.6 31.3 -4.1 -12 4.8 0.4 9
2021 Sinker NYM R 223 93.4 17.8 -2.7 -13 16 1 6
2020 Slider TOR R 190 85.2 33.6 -2.1 -6 4.9 0.5 11
2020 Sinker TOR R 100 93.1 17.9 -2.5 -12 14.5 0.3 2
2020 4-Seamer TOR R 338 93.2 13.2 1.2 8 6.8 0.5 8
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 7
2019 Cutter ARI R 1 88.7 23.4 4.7 17 4.9 2.8 134
2019 Splitter ARI R 4 88.3 25.7 -4.4 -15 14.5 3.5 31
2019 4-Seamer ARI R 10 93.3 14.4 1 6 8.8 2.1 31
2018 Curveball ARI R 19 76.6 59 0.4 1 11.6 3 35
2018 4-Seamer ARI R 146 93.9 13.7 1.1 7 8.6 2 31
2018 Sinker ARI R 1 95.1 16.1 -3.5 -18 14.4 0.4 3
2018 Cutter ARI R 18 88.1 25.4 2.5 9 3.7 1.4 61
2018 Splitter ARI R 40 89.1 24.5 -5.6 -19 13 3.2 32
2017 Curveball ARI R 343 75.6 59.3 0.9 1 10.8 1.8 20
2017 Sinker ARI R 109 93.1 17.9 -1.6 -8 15.5 0.9 6
2017 Splitter ARI R 378 88.1 26 -2.1 -7 11.4 0.4 4
2017 Cutter ARI R 411 86.4 31.2 -2.9 -10 4.5 1.8 67
2017 4-Seamer ARI R 1500 93.7 13.9 -0.3 -2 7.3 -0.2 -3
2016 Cutter SEA R 175 88.3 24.1 0.6 2 0 -0.5 -94
2016 Curveball SEA R 260 76.5 57.5 1 2 7.2 -1 -12
2016 Sinker SEA R 68 95.3 12.1 -5.1 -30 15.1 0.4 2
2016 Splitter SEA R 460 88.9 25.5 -1.4 -5 13 0.1 1
2016 4-Seamer SEA R 1325 94.6 11.3 1.6 12 9.7 1.3 16
! 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 %
2021 Curveball -0.5 0 88 9.3 6 0 0 0 36.8 33.3 10.5 .079 .143 .091 25
2021 Splitter -2.6 -3 135 14.3 40 .176 .235 .258 19.7 15 14.3 .237 .307 .305 35.7
2021 Slider -1 -2 201 21.2 50 .152 .196 .168 25 20 14.5 .239 .389 .28 39.5
2021 Sinker -1.2 -3 223 23.6 61 .255 .314 .339 20 14.8 18.8 .244 .369 .334 38.1
2021 4-Seamer -1.2 -3 299 31.6 84 .171 .25 .226 28.7 39.3 27.3 .206 .364 .279 47.7
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 .29 21.1
2020 Slider 0.9 2 190 21.5 55 .151 .34 .288 24.4 29.1 19.3 .237 .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 Splitter -6.3 0 4 26.7 1 0 0 0 100 100 100 0
2019 Cutter 45.4 0 1 6.7 1 1 2 1.25 0 0 .66 1.64 .933 100
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 .257 .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 Curveball 78 74.5 94 21.3 7:00 7:00 0
2020 4-Seam Fastball 293 93.2 97 19.2 1:00 12:45 15
2020 Splitter 137 89 84 16.4 1:00 2:00 -60
2020 Sinker 84 93.1 96 19.8 1:00 1:45 -45
2020 Slider 153 85.1 34 6.7 11:00 9:45 75
2021 Curveball 88 76.2 76 19.2 7:15 7:00 15
2021 4-Seam Fastball 292 94.4 98 20.6 1:00 1:00 0
2021 Splitter 122 89.6 84 17.9 1:15 2:15 -60
2021 Sinker 215 93.4 97 21.2 1:00 1:45 -45
2021 Slider 192 85.6 38 7.8 11:15 10:15 60
! Note: This table is showing data from the PITCHER perspective.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2013 60 233 0 -2 2 0 -1
2014 159 622 -6 -8 6 3 -5
2015 697 2607 0 -10 11 9 10
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
2021 241 946 -17 -7 8 4 -12
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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
2021 946 54.4 62.5 76.7 22 66.3 43.1 64.7 44.1 24.7 8.9 70.2
9753 50.9 64.6 82.2 27.1 63.7 43.3 61.7 46.1 22.4 7.6 74.3
48.4 66.7 82.1 28.4 58.7 42.6 60.5 46.9 24.5 7.2 75.8

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 46 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 53 17 43
2021 73 67 74 76 66 33 68 50 43 55 36 35 73 60 22 40
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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
2021 30.4 2 1.2 1 3 3 0 0

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
2021 2 1 2 1 3 1 0 2 1 0 3 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 3 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 1 2
! 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 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 94.3 93.9 -0.4 92.2 -1.7 93.2 1 92.9 -0.3 93.1 0.2 93.9 0.8
Offspeed Velocity 89.4 88.9 -0.5 88.1 -0.8 89.1 1 88.3 -0.8 89 0.7 89.6 0.6
Breaking Velocity 74.7 76.5 1.8 75.6 -0.9 76.6 1 0 0 81.8 0 82.8 1
Exit Velocity 89.4 89.4 0 88.7 -0.7 92.1 3.4 92.6 0.5 88.4 -4.2 89 0.6
Launch Angle 13.9 12.7 -1.2 9.6 -3.1 10.8 1.2 19.3 8.5 14 -5.3 12.4 -1.6
Barrel % 7.6 9 1.4 5.1 -3.9 11.9 6.8 33.3 21.4 7.2 -26.1 6.4 -0.8
Hard Hit % 34.1 36.8 2.7 34.5 -2.3 42.9 8.4 33.3 -9.6 32.9 -0.4 40.4 7.5
Sweet Spot % 35 34 -1 30.2 -3.8 38.1 7.9 33.3 -4.8 40.1 6.8 30.8 -9.3
xBA .248 .246 -0.002 .243 -0.003 .302 0.059 .263 -0.039 .254 -0.009 .223 -0.031
BA .252 .247 -0.005 .247 0 .294 0.047 .25 -0.044 .214 -0.036 .183 -0.031
xwOBA .315 .32 0.005 .312 -0.008 .379 0.067 .324 -0.055 .341 0.017 .292 -0.049
wOBA .311 .326 0.015 .311 -0.015 .331 0.02 .304 -0.027 .291 -0.013 .236 -0.055
xSLG .423 .434 0.011 .404 -0.03 .518 0.114 .524 0.006 .453 -0.071 .355 -0.098
SLG .415 .462 0.047 .41 -0.052 .392 -0.018 .5 0.108 .368 -0.132 .244 -0.124
K% 22.3 20.8 -1.5 21.4 0.6 16.1 -5.3 25 8.9 22.2 -2.8 24.9 2.7
BB% 5.5 6.5 1 8.9 2.4 8.9 0 0 -8.9 8.4 8.4 10 1.6
Swing % 47.8 48.2 0.4 45 -3.2 38.8 -6.2 66.7 27.9 42.4 -24.3 44.1 1.7
Whiff% 23.3 22.5 -0.8 21.5 -1 18.4 -3.1 20 1.6 20.5 0.5 24.7 4.2
In Zone % 50.4 50.6 0.2 49.8 -0.8 56.7 6.9 60 3.3 50.8 -9.2 54.4 3.6
Out of Zone % 49.6 49.4 -0.2 50.2 0.8 43.3 -6.9 40 -3.3 49.2 9.2 45.6 -3.6
Out of Zone Swing % 30.3 30.9 0.6 25 -5.9 15.5 -9.5 33.3 17.8 21.2 -12.1 22 0.8
First Pitch Swing % 27.9 29.7 1.8 25.6 -4.1 19.6 -6 50 30.4 24.9 -25.1 28.6 3.7
First Pitch Strike % 63 63.7 0.7 58.7 -5 67.9 9.2 75 7.1 56.9 -18.1 64.7 7.8
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 559 .326 293 35 11.9 266 129 48.5
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 216 .303 124 22 17.7 92 68 73.9
2021 241 .236 130 60 46.2 111 72 64.9

Pitch Distribution