With the likes of Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Matt Moore already in the majors, ESPN's Keith Law had to re-organize his top-25 MLB prospects list accordingly. Luckily a pair of up-and-coming Seattle Mariners make the grade as right handed pitcher Taijuan Walker has jumped into the No. 6 spot on Law's latest list, while lefty Danny Hultzen pushed his way up into the No. 22 spot.
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Walker was sitting No. 24 in Law's last prospects list, but has been lighting it up for Double-A Jackson. Walker currently owns a 3-1 record in eight starts, posting a 2.06 ERA along with a 41/12 K/BB ratio.
Here is Law with the commentary:
Still just 19 and holding his own in Double-A, although he's not quite as polished as [Dylan] Bundy or [Shelby] Miller. Seattle did the right thing in jumping him past hitter-friendly High Desert in the high Class A California League.
A for Hulzten, he is 4-3 with a 1.78 ERA (14 R in 50.2 IP) in nine starts for Jackson, jumping up eight spots from his previous rank of No. 30. This 22-year old isn't exactly overpowering, but will make a solid starter in the majors in Law's opinion.
Hultzen is nothing spectacular, but he's very close to major league ready, with a changeup as his best shot for an out pitch and above-average command of all of his pitches.
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