Walker gave up four runs on seven hits and one walk while fanning six batters over 5.2 innings in Friday's 13-5 win over the Dodgers.
Walker left the game with the Diamondbacks trailing 4-3, but he was taken off the hook for the loss after the team exploded for nine runs in the eighth inning. While Walker's ERA and WHIP now sit at an unremarkable 4.57 and 1.38, respectively, both figures have been inflated by a .323 BABIP, which is about 40 points above his career mark. With the benefit of some more luck on balls in play, Walker is certainly capable of delivering a sub-4.00 ERA if he continues to strike out a batter per inning.
Walker (2-1) allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven batters over five innings during Sunday's win over Los Angeles.
Command remains an issue for the talented righty, as Walker threw just 64.4 percent of his pitches for strikes. While it isn't a significant concern, pitching deep into games has been difficult for him in the past because his pitch counts climb quickly, and he's tossed just 16 innings through his first three starts this year. Still, the uptick in strikeouts against the Dodgers on Sunday was promising. There's no questioning Walker's skill or potential.
Walker (1-1) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and four walks while striking out just two batters during Monday's 4-1 loss to San Francisco.
Walker has now walked five batters through 11 innings and sports an underwhelming 1.55 WHIP over his first two outings. He has huge potential and has turned in a number of promising starts already in his career. However, game-to-game inconsistency has plagued Walker, and his transfer to hitter-friendly Chase Field adds another cause for concern. Still, the 24-year-old hurler boasts plenty of long-term potential. Looking at the immediate future, you should likely wait for Walker to string together a few solid outings before trusting him against strong opponents.
Walker (1-0) allowed four runs on six innings, but still claimed a win in his first start of the year Wednesday against San Francisco. He struck out seven while giving up seven hits and a walk.
The Giants chipped away at him, scoring their runs in three separate innings, but Arizona's offense carried Walker to victory. This outing was sort of a microcosm of what we can look for from Walker this year; pitching in the desert won't be good for his ratios -- which weren't even good in the much friendlier confines of Seattle -- but the strikeouts will be there and the offense could power him to a good number of wins. He'll draw the Giants again next week, this time on the road.
Walker has allowed three hits over nine scoreless innings so far this spring. He has struck out 13 while walking one batter.
The 24-year-old will look to continue the momentum in his fourth spring start, Wednesday against Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Walker was sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball in his last outing, reaching as high as 97 mph. Walker underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ankle last October but has not shown any ill effects in camp. He struggled in his final year with Seattle, but if he keeps this up, Walker's stock will soar over the remainder of draft season.
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