As Baseball America scout Dave Perkin pointed out back in October, Taijuan Walker is an up and coming righthander in Southern California for the 2010 draft. Below is a bit of what Perkin said about him in the fall and his scouting report that appears in Prospects Plus.
He fires an explosive 91-94 mph fastball and adds a wicked 85 mph slider. Adding to a hitter’s misery, Walker flashed a nasty 77 mph curveball and experimented with what looked to be a cutter at 87 mph. His stuff can be correctly described as downright unfair.
Tall, lanky and projectable at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Walker resembles recent draftees Joe Gardner and Tyson Ross. In his delivery, Walker utilizes a high leg kick and a buggywhip type of low three quarters arm slot. While his command and mechanics need to be refined and sharpened, Walker possesses all the basics: frame, raw stuff, arm action.
Prospects Plus scouting report:
Walker has suddenly emerged as one of the top righthanded high school pitching prospects for the 2010 draft. Tall, lanky, athletic and projectable at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Taijuan fires an explosive fastball that ranges from 91 to 94 mph. He adds a promising 77 curve and wicked 85 slider. Walker also dabbles with an 87 cutter and a 78 change. Taijuan's arm action is loose and easy, and he buggy whips the ball from a low three quarters slot. Conversations with other scouts indicate that Walker pitched very little over the summer, and recorded velocities in the high 80s in the spring. Obviously, he has improved substantially in a short period of time. If he maintains his current stuff into the spring, Walker will without doubt be a first two round candidate in the 2010 draft.
Below is some video that Baseball America gathered of Walker when he pitched at the World Wood Bat Championship in Jupiter, Fla. at the end of October.
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