The Twins Should Finish the Offseason by Adding Taijuan Walker
Image courtesy of © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsSpring Training is rapidly approaching and starting pitcher Taijuan Walker is still available to be signed. He was the fourth overall prospect in baseball in both 2012 and 2013, but he hasn’t had much luck in his career. He has a career 3.95 ERA and 4.21 FIP and he is surprisingly only 27 years old. So why hasn’t anyone signed him? Well, he has played a total of 14 innings since the start of 2018 due to injuries.
He missed all but 13 innings in 2018 due to Tommy John surgery and then dealt with many nagging injuries that only allowed him to play one inning in 2019. He has not been healthy in two years and that has derailed his career. A player that once showed ace potential at the top of the draft and the top of prospect rankings is now struggling to find a team.
I think it makes a ton of sense for the Twins to target him, and the Twins seem to agree. According to LaVelle E. Neal III at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Twins have expressed interest in bringing him in as a possible non-roster invitee for Spring Training. The rotation currently has only three locks to make it with Rich Hill and Michael Pineda out to start the season and you never know what you'll get from Homer Bailey. It makes sense to add Walker in order to avoid starting the season with two rookies and to add some depth.
There really isn’t a downside to adding Walker and the upside could be really high for the former top five prospect. It makes a ton of sense if the Twins think he is healthy again and can get back to his former self. What do you think of Taijuan Walker? Is it enough of an upgrade to the rotation? I think it would be very interesting so I hope the Twins finish the offseason with Walker.
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