MLB Prospects Update: Hottest, Coldest Pitchers at Every Minor League Level

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MLB Prospects Update: Hottest, Coldest Pitchers at Every Minor League Level
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RHP Taijuan Walker

It’s easy to forget that Taijuan Walker is only 20 years old.

In 2012, that statement was used to put his struggles at Double-A Jackson in context. This season, though, it’s more of a testament to how much the right-hander has improved over the last year.

Opening the year back in Double-A, it took Walker just 14 starts to master the level. After registering a 2.46 ERA and .195 BAA with 96/30 K/BB in 84 innings at the level, the Mariners offered their top prospect a well-deserved promotion to Triple-A Tacoma.

Obviously he made a strong impression during his Triple-A debut on Tuesday night, as the right-hander allowed three hits and two walks over six scoreless innings while notching four strikeouts.

The Mariners don’t want to overexpose Walker in the Pacific Coast League—and especially following his overwhelming success in Double-A—so there’s a realistic chance he sees some time in the major leagues later this season. The only things that may prevent that from happening is a poor showing at Triple-A Tacoma or an innings limit implemented by the organization.

Here’s a look at the rest of the hottest and coldest pitchers at every minor league level.

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