Taylor Widener
24-Year-Old PitcherRP
Arizona Diamondbacks AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Widener impressed in his first taste of Double-A last year, finishing the year with a 2.75 ERA over 25 starts and one relief appearance. His supporting statistics backed up his results, as he struck out an impressive 31.9% of batters while walking just 7.8%. The righty was seen as having a lot of relief risk heading into the season due to worries about his changeup and command, though improvements to both have increased the likelihood that he can stick in the rotation. He'll likely be starting the year in Triple-A, but it's not impossible that he could get some starts in the big leagues late in the year. Alternatively, the team could decide he'd be useful in the bullpen, where his deceptive, low-slot delivery could make him an interesting weapon. Read Past Outlooks
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Puts himself on MLB radar
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
July 4, 2019
Widener made a correction in his delivery and has pitched to a 3.67 ERA over his last five starts at Triple-A Reno, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Widener opened the season with a 10.57 ERA over the first 11 starts but has been much better since Reno pitching coach Jeff Bajenaru spotted something on video. "My timing was a little bit off and my arm was late," Widener said. "I was just a little bit late on everything. I was kind of fighting that off, pulling off a little bit, and everything was inconsistent. My command wasn't very good." The Diamondbacks are coping with injuries and ineffectiveness in the starting rotation, so Widener's resurgence should put him on the radar for a spot in the rotation.
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Throws seven shutout frames
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
August 10, 2018
Widener struck out nine over seven shutout innings Thursday in Double-A Jackson's 2-1 win over Chattanooga. He gave up three hits and no walks while tossing 99 pitches.
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Sets new career high with 13 strikeouts
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
July 8, 2018
Widener yielded one run on three hits and struck out a career-high 13 in a seven-inning complete game Saturday for Double-A Jackson in its 1-0 loss to Tennessee.
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Collects 12 strikeouts Wednesday
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
June 14, 2018
Widener tallied a season-high 12 strikeouts and tossed six shutout innings for Double-A Jackson in its 11-3 triumph over Jacksonville on Wednesday.
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Strikes out eight in five innings Thursday
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
April 13, 2018
Widener threw five innings of one-run ball for Double-A Jackson on Thursday, scattering three hits and three walks and striking out eight.
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Dealt to Arizona
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
February 20, 2018
Widener was traded to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday in a three-team deal, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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