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(Here is today’s Mariner minor-league report)
Here is the first installment of player videos from my trip to Jackson. Many of you might not have had a chance to see some of these players in action, so I hope you find it informative and interesting.
Above is some video of Taijuan Walker from back on April 27, when he pitched six shutout innings against Tennessee. He didn’t have great command of his fastball that night but got by on his curve and changeup, which was pleasing both to him and the Jackson coaching staff. Currently, Walker is 3-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 34 1/3 innings, with 35 strikeouts and 11 walks while allowing 28 hits. He twisted an ankle two nights ago, but it’s not believe serious. In this video, he gets a popup, then strikes out the next hitter looking.
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Danny Hultzen, shown above, struggled a bit in this outing, but overall he’s had an outstanding rookie season. In seven starts, he is 3-3 with a 1.91 ERA, allowing just 17 hits in 37 2/3 innings. Hultzen has struck out 36 and walked 23.
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The final video, above, is Johermyn Chavez, the outfielder acquired from Toronto with Brandon League in the Brandon Morrow trade. I was lucky enough to capture Chavez hitting a home run. He is hitting .287 with three homers and 10 RBIs.