Just finished talking with Roy Howell about a number of guys with Tacoma. This is his take on Walker:
"The issues are all fastball command right now. And I think the root of that is still the injury. He's a little hesitant to let it go still, which is understandable considering the injury. The stuff's still there, but if you can't command it, it doesn't matter if you throw 33 or 103, guys are gonna hit you."
currcoug wrote: Walker's line tonight: 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 9 SO's, 3 BB's.
Walks a bit high, but a very nice line. Looks like he's basically fixed.
Yes, now the question is: where to put him in the rotation? From here, Walker nicely solves the problem of Elias throwing too many innings.
The rotation projects nicely for next year, too. Even without Young Felix, Iwakuma, Paxton, Walker, Elias is a nice setup, with Ramirez, Pries, Landazuri and Olson poised to fill in for inevitable injuries if needed.
If they resign Young there will be some serious competition for a rotation spot next year.