Mariners prospect watch: Aces struggle through June

Pitchers Hope to Right Ship in July

Prospect watch: A look at the three future aces of the Seattle Mariners.

Mid-summer hasn’t been the kindest to Mariner pitching prospects. Some have been hurt, some have struggled with controls and some have just down right struggled.

Despite the rough patches, the M’s still own some of the best young studs in baseball.

The list is still headlined by James Paxton, Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker; nothing has changed there.

Here’s a journey through the M’s system with a look at their top pitchers and what awaits them in the future.

James Paxton

Paxton is the lone member of Seattle’s pitching prospect trio to enjoy a solid June. He had a 0.00 ERA through the month… because he was on the DL through all of it.

Be that as it may, Paxton is working to make up for lost time. In three July starts, he’s posted a 1-0 record with a 1.28 ERA.

He’s yet to allow a home run, striking out 16 and walking just two batters.

Paxton’s showing great control since returning from the DL. As long as that trend continues he could be making AAA starts by August.

Danny Hultzen

Upon his promotion to AAA Tacoma, it seemed just a matter of time until Hultzen was in Seattle.

Danny Hultzen

Upon his promotion to AAA Tacoma, it seemed just a matter of time until Hultzen was in Seattle. Then he made his first start, going just 3 innings giving up 5 runs on 5 walks and 5 hits.

Since then, things have been looking up. Hultzen holds a 4.24 ERA, but he’s allowed just 3 runs over his last three starts.

Despite the damage control, Hultzen has been less than perfect. Even over his last three starts, he has a 6.43 BB/9.

If he wants to find himself in Seattle by September he best rediscover his pinpoint control.

Taijuan Walker

If any M’s prospect has struggled the most through June and July it’s Taijuan Walker.

Over his last seven starts, Walker has a 8.07 ERA supported by 4 home runs, a 6.63 BB/9 and a 9.52 H/9. In that time he’s averaging less than 5 innings per start.

It’s been a disappointing month for Walker. When he’s not giving up hits, he’s giving up walks.

When his control is on, he’s hit prone. Through hit most disastrous starts he’s been prone to both.

If Walker wasn’t a 19-year old playing AA ball, this string of starts might seem discerning.

Walker is still a huge prospect, going against competition much more advanced than him. Once he gets his feet under him, he should be back to dominating the competition.

Enough about the arms. Read about the Mariners hitting prospects now.


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    I think Hultzen will be up within 60 days. Just my simple man’s prediction.

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