BaseballHQ on Taijuan

On their roto stash list for 2013 productivity

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I/O:  BaseballHQ has four elite SP's that they think look like "annual Cy Young contenders" -- Dylan Bundy, Gerrit Cole, Trevor Bauer and Taijuan Walker.

CRUNCH - Nice to see Cole step back into dominance last year.  There are other young SP's who look like impact pitchers very soon - Tyler Skaggs, Jose Fernandez, the M's two starters, and a couple of others.

But the takeaway here is that HQ expects Taijuan to arrive in the second half of this year, or in April 2014 at the latest.  He's on their 2013 roto watch list, meaning that their clients should be banking him for 2013 production.

They've got him as the #6 prospect in baseball -- Jackson Profar SS, Wil Myers OF, and Oscar Taveras OF along with Bundy and Cole.  Then Taijuan.

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I/O:  Deloney and Gordon give the tools assessment on Taijuan.  

CRUNCH:  These two guys are Dr. D's go-to source for tools reports that can be relied on.  For Taijuan, they've got:

  • FB:  91-98, 5 stars
  • CB:  80-82, 3 stars
  • CH:  84-87, 2 stars

That's the only 5-star rating I specifically ever recall seeing in their book.  Am sure there have been a few others.

Their prose:

Athletic, electric SP who bypassed High A.  Few can match athleticism and upside ...

... with potential for three above avg offerings.

Exceptional fastball may be best in minors with explosive velocity and life.

Can dominate with hard curve, but needs to find consistency.

Has clean delivery and should post very high K rates.

On the videos we have seen, Walker does seem to have the Brandon Morrow type of fastball that can be used as a "challenge" pitch, one that can miss out-and-over and still draw a swinging strike.

The development of the offspeed stuff isn't as critical for a guy like Walker.  Felix never emphasized that, throwing the ball by people; he was more of a command guy from the start, so his excellent offspeed stuff was integral to his game.  

Michael Pineda threw this type of hard, and people oversold the importance of his offspeed game just like they will Taijuan's.  When the batter has to pull the trigger during the windup, there's a lot of margin for error built in.

But wow.  It ain't like Walker is having trouble with those offspeed pitches, either.  He's growing physically and growing in terms of the control of his own game.  He's liable wake up one day pretty soon and find out he's Felix Hernandez.

Let's hope the M's wake up as soon as he does...

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okdanNine days (including today) until the trade deadline. Have to think dominoes might start falling soon.17 min 35 sec ago
benihanaMontero with another Tacoma HR. 2/5 with a walk over the double header. That .400/.500/.800 line today lowers his HOME totals since being sent down. How many old man flails of Hart must we suffer?7 hours 51 min ago
rick82Erasmo was optioned tonight.9 hours 2 min ago
Tacoma RainSo who goes down so Taijuan can pitch tomorrow???9 hours 7 min ago
rick82Man, where is Russell Branyan when you need him. Can anyone on this team play first? Or DH, for heaven's sake?9 hours 30 min ago
phxterryVery nice start by E-Ram: 7 innings and 2 runs; one of which should be un-earned as JJ played a single into a triple. 10 K's and 2 BB's. That is the E-Ram from 2012; hope he is back to stay. Wish the M's had some offensive punch and could score some runs now and then.9 hours 54 min ago
Tacoma RainCan someone prove to me that Corey Hart is not injured...10 hours 10 min ago
moethedogAnd if we're really chasing Casey McGehee above others (unless he's our complete fallback position) then it indicates how scattered we've been in trying to find a bat to help. It would be nice to assume he learned a bunch in Japan last year. And it might be realistic to assume his .370 BABIP (.398 vR) is unsustainable for very long. Take your pick. We need a 3B/2B/1B LHB exactly why?10 hours 17 min ago
moethedogphx, The M's are frustrated that a potential trading partner is trying to get the best of them? Really? Then it is a comment on the wacky attitude of the FO. That's the Rays' job...to school every team in a trade, just like it is the M's job. If we're really that frustrated about such a trade it indicate how anal we've become about that move to the exclusion of others. The Rays job is not to "give" the M's anything. And we're frustrated?10 hours 41 min ago
SABR MattMal...that's a skill McGehee actually owns. He also has a good batting eye. He's not a huge power hitter, but he would be a nice lead-off option in Seattle. He would be used in RF.11 hours 19 min ago
malcontentI don't really understand the interest in McGehee; he plays 3rd and 2nd, and hasn't shown even the limited power he used to have, relying on a .370 BABiP to get a decent batting line. Am I missing something?11 hours 47 min ago
Bat571Since the Marlins have a CRUMMY infield situation and like Latin players -- Noriega and Almonte with Tenbrink (who could step in at 3b immediately) for McGehee? Would Leutge or Bawcom be of interest in their bullpen if they trade guys from there? I know, we'd probably have to include someone like Sanchez, Diaz, Marte, or Erasmo to get their attention -- and they'd probably want Franklin in any case.12 hours 6 min ago
phxterryBSR - Good catch yesterday about M's sources whining to Peter Gammons that the Rays have been stringing the M's along in trade talks, with no intention of completing a a major trade before 7/29 - 7/31. And they won't make any major trade before the deadline unless they have lost all hope of contending in 2014. Heck, if the Rays win 6 out of their next 8, they might be buyers at the deadline. IMO, the normally tight-lipped M's FO leaked that info to Gammons to ensure the Rays and the rest of MLB knew how angry they were at being played by the Rays. Mission accomplished for the Rays - the leading team for the second WC spot did not upgrade in early-to-mid July while the Rays were playing red-hot baseball and closing the gap.12 hours 26 min ago
phxterryGood article in LL today by Scott Weber on Miller's latest batting funk over the last month. Lloyd has responded by running Willie Ballgame out there at SS yesterday and again today. Miller's streakiness is just one more reason that GMZ needs to upgrade 1B / DH / Corner OF offensively12 hours 41 min ago
mojicianNo scouting report up yet? Here goes: Legend tells of a player who washed out of the Major leagues and found himself in Sendai, Japan. Through error, he became accustomed to the brutal off speed game of NPB pitchers, and began to "let the ball get deeper into the zone" to hit the ball to all fields. He now controls the trajectory of the ball and bends it according to where the fielders are not. Armed with a technique some thought was only possessed by Ichiro and Cano, McGehee has returned to the United States with one thought on his mind: Revenge.13 hours 4 min ago
SABR MattTHAT...would actually be a nice pick-up13 hours 49 min ago
mojicianNew Heyman Rumor: M's making trade call on Casey McGehee of the Marlins.14 hours 11 min ago
moethedogHooray.....for Fangraphs pointing out that Ty Kelly is something worth having and using. Since we have him I would prefer we use him. Hooray for Taylor, too. But I'm with Beni and Matt, too. Booo Booo Hiss to the M's for watching July 22nd come and (nearly) go and STILL they haven't made any move to upgrade our lineup. None. Holy Moly! Booooo Hisssss!14 hours 27 min ago
DaddyOThe A's are a different matter. They are matching us in pitching and nearly match the Angels in offense. They have a +150 run differential. Hard to run down a club like that unless they have a rash of injuries and fall completely apart. It occurs to me that maybe Jack is looking at this very fact, that the 2nd Wild Card isn't that much different from the 1st Wild Card, so why try. I dunno. To me, we haven't got the 2nd Wild Card in the bag, and our first playoff appearance in over a decade might be worth actually trying to secure instead of fiddling around (sarcasm intended).14 hours 29 min ago
DaddyOmojician, actually, I was being sarcastic. Sorry I didn't make that clear. The M's have made all SORTS of roster moves, but it's just been rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic for the positions affected (with the exception of the Almonte for Jones swap in CF). The Angles have actually improved their bullpen, SIGNIFICANTLY, with all their moves. What have we accomplished? Squat. We have the same black holes at DH, in LF (so far), in RF (except for when Saunders was healthy, but even then he alternated flashes of production with periods of complete washout, like he always has). Like Matt, I've grown frustrated at the lack of urgency in fixing VERY fixable problems that would have long since vaulted us from 2nd Wild Card contenders into a serious challenge of the Angels.14 hours 33 min ago