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How has Taijuan Walker still not been named the Mariners’ 5th starter?

When it comes to 22-year-old right-hander Taijuan Walker making the Seattle Mariners‘ starting rotation manager Lloyd McClendon has been non-committal.

Despite Walker’s quiet yet incredible spring, the fifth and final spot in the rotation is still up for grabs between Walker and 26-year-old left-hander Roenis Elias.

Walker has sometimes struggled a bit with his command. He tends to overthrow his fastball and his curveball is still a work in progress, but you can’t really see that this spring. Walker’s been in the rotation conversation for two seasons.

So far in 2015, he has not allowed a single run this spring in 18 straight innings. He’s 2-0 in five starts for Seattle. He’s averaging 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings and just 2.0 walks. Still, McClendon has yet to announce Walker as his fifth starter.

To find out the reasons why McClendon has yet to make a decision and what some possible outcomes could be, you can read this post in its entirety at Baseball Hot Corner using the link below:

Taijuan Walker has still not been named the Mariners’ 5th starter??

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