Taijuan Walker made his second start with the Rainiers last night, pitching five innings and striking out eight in the Rainiers, 4-1 win.
One thing that Todd mentions in the story and I talked about last night on Twitter is Walker’s season inning count. He’s thrown 95 innings this season. Last year, he threw a career high 126 2/3 innings. The Mariners likely won’t let him exceed a total of 155 innings this year. Usually teams try to avoid letting a young starting pitcher go more than 30 innings pitched over the season before. That means a September call-up is pretty much out of the question. The same thing happened to Michael Pineda in 2010.
And really it’s not the end of the world. Walker is showing he could be part of the starting rotation next season. There is no reason to rush it. While he has been dominant, thus far into Triple A. He will be the first to tell you that command with his secondary pitches must improve. He still needs to learn to vary the break and location of the curve ball, find better feel with the cutter and make his change-up a more viable swing and miss pitch. All of which are what he is supposed to be doing with the Rainiers. They aren’t huge upgrades, but just improvements that will make him more ready and effective at the next level.
Stefen Romero returned to the line-up after missing a week with a sore wrist. He had three hits. Here’s his RBI single.
The Pacific Coast League front office today announced that pitcher Brian Moran and outfielder Carlos Peguero have been selected to represent the PCL in the 2013 Dolan Auto Group Triple-A All-Star Game. This year’s event, which pits PCL All-Stars against All-Stars from the International League, is scheduled to be played on Wednesday, July 17th at Aces Ballpark in Reno, Nevada.
Moran, 24, earned his first All-Star selection in his second season with the Rainiers. The left-hander leads Tacoma’s relief staff with a 2.41 ERA (11ERx41.0IP), 41.0 innings pitched and 58 strikeouts through the first 30 appearances of his 2013 campaign. Moran ranks second among PCL relievers after producing a rate of 12.73 strikeouts per nine innings pitched this season.
Peguero, 26, is also set to make his first Triple-A All-Star appearance in his eighth season since signing with the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent in 2005. He ranks sixth in the PCL with 54 RBI and seventh with 13 home runs over his first 65 games played with the Rainiers this season. The outfielder leads his Tacoma teammates with a .504 slugging percentage.
Double A Jackson lost 7-6 to Birmingham. Anthony Vasquez, who is coming off of brain surgery, pitched well for the Generals. Chris Taylor continues to hit since being called up.
Patrick Brady came up with a big two-run single in the top of the ninth to lead High Desert to a 3-2 win over Lake Elsinor