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Taijuan Walker vs Jose Fernandez WHIR

Postby lawrencejnc » Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:07 pm

In a keeper league and have narrowed it down to those two. Have looked at their MiLB stats over and over and the only thing I can come up with is Fernandez has been more dominant, but at a level below, age wise, from what Walker has been playing. For example, Walker played age 19 at AA, but wasn't as good as Fernandez who was playing age 19 in A. They are only two weeks apart age wise. I'm lost as to which player has more upside. Any help is appreciated.
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Re: Taijuan Walker vs Jose Fernandez WHIR

Postby HOOTIE » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:03 am

It's really a toss up. After Bundy, these 2 are the best SP prospects.
I might lean Fernandez, just based on a hunch.
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Re: Taijuan Walker vs Jose Fernandez WHIR

Postby lane_anasazi2 » Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:09 am

They are very close, but Taijuan Walker has more ultimate upside, as he edges out Fernandez in both athleticism and raw 'stuff.' Walker has ideal, near-perfect physical tools; big, durable frame, tops out at 97 and holds velocity deep into games. His fastball, curve and change are all potential plus pitches. His problem is consistency. His FB gets flat at times, he sometimes short-arms his curve, and his changeup is still raw.

Fernandez, on the other hand, has a more developed arsenal; a fastball that sits 94 with explosive movement, a two-seamer, a hard 3/4 breaking ball, a true slider and a changeup that flashes plus. He has from all reports an incredible work ethic and maturity, and in terms of becoming a pitcher who knows how to actually pitch as opposed to throw, he's ahead of Walker on the development curve.

The upshot is this: If they both max out their tools, Walker has a touch more potential. But really you're talking about degrees of #1 starter.
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Re: Taijuan Walker vs Jose Fernandez WHIR

Postby lawrencejnc » Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:58 pm

Thanks for the input. Really helpful stuff. I think the stat that I keep looking at that concerns me most is K/BB. Fernandez at every level has posted a 4+ K/BB and Walker has been just above 2 at some levels. Having owned SP in the past that tend to get into trouble walking guys, it makes me hesitant. Do you think this is something that is a product of him playing "up" a level age wise, or him just working on developing his stuff?
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Re: Taijuan Walker vs Jose Fernandez WHIR

Postby lawrencejnc » Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:53 pm

HOOTIE wrote:It's really a toss up. After Bundy, these 2 are the best SP prospects.
I might lean Fernandez, just based on a hunch.


That's my feeling as well, but I can't convince myself why... I'm going to have to make the call in about an hour, so I guess I'm going to just have to go with the gut..
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