UPDATES & NEWS
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon declared Friday that the team's top prospect starting pitcher Taijuan Walker is expected to be part of the Mariners' Opening Day roster.
The 21-year old Walker made three starts at the end of last season and was fairly impressive minus a poor second outing versus the Royals. Walker struck out 12 batters in 15 innings, including eight in his final outing of the season (five innings pitched) and posted a 3.60 ERA (2.25 FIP) while waking only four batters. Walker has the potential to be this season's Matt Harvey and should be on your radar in all formats with this news.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in the Royals 7-1 win over the Twins on Monday.
Morales is raking to start the season, hitting .358 with 12 runs, two home runs and nine RBI as the Royals everyday DH and cleanup hitter. 2014 was a lost year for Morales as he struggled to find a role with the Mariners and Twins but he showed capable of being a productive player over the two seasons prior where he hits a combined 45 home runs over the two years. Morales was one of the more promising offensive players in the league before a devastating ankle injury nearly ended his career in 2010 but if his hot start is any indication of things to come those who took a chance on Kendrys could be in for a solid season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba