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Neil Walker

28-Year-Old Second Baseman – Pittsburgh Pirates

2014 Stats

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.224

HR

5

RBI

9

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10

SB

1

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Walker hit .251/.339/.418 in 478 at-bats for Pittsburgh in 2013. He belted a career-high 16 homers, but saw his numbers continue to decline against southpaws. The Pittsburgh Kid hit just .225 with a ....

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 208   DOB: 9/10/1985   BORN: Pittsburgh, PA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Neil Walker Contract Information:

Reached a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Pirates to avoid salary arbitration in January of 2013.

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Neil Walker Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 18 A Wil 8 36 33 2 10 3 3 0 0 7 1 2 2 1 0 1 0 .303 .333 .394 .727
2005 19 A Lyn 9 42 42 4 11 3 2 1 0 12 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 .262 .244 .357 .601
2005 19 A Hic 120 505 485 78 146 47 33 2 12 68 7 4 20 71 0 0 0 .301 .332 .452 .784
2006 20 A A 72 283 264 32 75 26 22 1 3 35 3 5 19 41 0 0 0 .284 .345 .409 .754
2006 20 AA ALT 10 32 31 5 5 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 .161 .188 .355 .543
2007 21 AA ALT 117 490 431 77 124 46 30 3 13 66 9 4 53 73 1 5 0 .288 .362 .462 .824
2007 21 AAA IND 19 69 64 7 13 3 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 13 0 0 3 .203 .261 .250 .511
2008 22 AAA IND 133 550 505 69 122 48 25 7 16 80 10 6 29 102 4 10 2 .242 .280 .414 .694
2009 23 R GCL 8 31 30 2 5 3 2 0 1 1 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 .167 .219 .333 .552
2009 23 AAA IND 94 385 352 38 93 47 31 2 14 69 5 2 25 60 1 6 1 .264 .310 .483 .793
2009 23 MAJ PIT 17 40 36 5 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 11 0 0 0 .194 .275 .222 .497
2010 24 AAA Ind 43 189 168 25 54 26 18 2 6 26 10 1 19 31 0 1 1 .321 .392 .560 .952
2010 24 MAJ PIT 110 469 426 57 126 44 29 3 12 66 2 3 34 83 2 4 3 .296 .349 .462 .811
2011 25 MAJ PIT 159 662 596 76 163 52 36 4 12 83 9 6 54 112 0 8 4 .273 .334 .408 .742
2012 26 MAJ PIT 129 530 472 62 132 41 27 0 14 69 7 5 47 104 1 8 2 .280 .342 .426 .768
2013 27 AA Alt 4 13 12 0 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 .417 .462 .500 .962
2013 27 AAA Ind 3 11 9 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .222 .364 .333 .697
2013 27 MAJ PIT 133 551 478 62 120 44 24 4 16 53 1 2 50 85 5 3 15 .251 .339 .418 .757
2014 28 MAJ PIT 17 72 67 10 15 7 2 0 5 9 1 0 3 10 1 0 1 .224 .268 .478 .746
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Neil Walker
3-Year Averages MAJ   140 580 515 66 138 45 29 2 14 68 5 4 50 100 2 6 7 .268 .337 .414 .751
Career  (View All) MAJ   565 2324 2075 272 563 189 119 11 59 280 21 16 192 405 9 23 25 .271 .337 .425 .762

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Neil Walker Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 18 Mil 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .224 .268 .478 .746
Apr. 17 Mil 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .273 .508 .781
Apr. 16 @Cin 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .295 .552 .847
Apr. 15 @Cin 4 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .310 .582 .892
Apr. 14 @Cin 5 2 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .255 .296 .529 .825
Apr. 13 @Mil 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .217 .265 .391 .656
Apr. 12 @Mil 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .283 .419 .702
Apr. 11 @Mil 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .256 .310 .462 .772
Apr. 10 @ChC 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .289 .371 .660
Apr. 9 @ChC 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .226 .294 .355 .649
Apr. 8 @ChC 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .300 .393 .693
Apr. 6 StL 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .217 .280 .391 .671
Apr. 5 StL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .190 .227 .333 .560
Apr. 4 StL 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .235 .278 .412 .690
Apr. 3 ChC 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .286 .462 .748
Apr. 2 ChC 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .500 .700
Mar. 31 ChC 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 1.000 1.250
Last 7 Days 28 4 5 0 0 3 4 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 .179 .207 .500 .707
Last 14 Days 54 7 12 2 0 4 8 2 8 1 0 1 0 0 .222 .263 .481 .744
Last 30 Days 67 10 15 2 0 5 9 3 10 1 0 1 0 0 .224 .268 .478 .746

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Neil Walker: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 17
2013 132
2012 125 1
2011 159
2010 105 6
2009 9

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Neil Walker Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013806070.225.238.518
2012118130152.246.288.602
2011160221153.269.350.672

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20133985616461.256.455.805
20123544914545.291.472.824
20114365411686.275.429.767

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013241308300.295.456.842
2012229277333.253.415.722
2011287344394.275.394.723

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013237328231.207.380.669
2012243357364.305.436.811
2011309428445.272.421.759
Neil Walker Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 18 A Wil 36 33 5.6% 2.8% 2.00 97% .313 .091
2005 19 A Lyn 42 42 0% 28.6% 0.00 71% .367 .095
2005 19 A Hic 505 485 4% 14.1% 0.28 85% .333 .151
2006 20 A A 283 264 6.7% 14.5% 0.46 84% .327 .125
2006 20 AA ALT 32 31 3.1% 12.5% 0.25 87% .120 .194
2007 21 AA ALT 490 431 10.8% 14.9% 0.73 83% .322 .174
2007 21 AAA IND 69 64 2.9% 18.8% 0.15 80% .255 .047
2008 22 AAA IND 550 505 5.3% 18.5% 0.28 80% .274 .172
2009 23 R GCL 31 30 3.2% 16.1% 0.20 83% .167 .166
2009 23 AAA IND 385 352 6.5% 15.6% 0.42 83% .284 .219
2009 23 MAJ PIT 40 36 10% 27.5% 0.36 69% .280 .028
2010 24 AAA Ind 189 168 10.1% 16.4% 0.61 82% .366 .239
2010 24 MAJ PIT 469 426 7.2% 17.7% 0.41 81% .344 .166
2011 25 MAJ PIT 662 596 8.2% 16.9% 0.48 81% .320 .135
2012 26 MAJ PIT 530 472 8.9% 19.6% 0.45 78% .333 .146
2013 27 AA Alt 13 12 7.7% 15.4% 0.50 83% .500 .083
2013 27 AAA Ind 11 9 18.2% 9.1% 2.00 89% .250 .111
2013 27 MAJ PIT 551 478 9.1% 15.4% 0.59 82% .276 .167
2014 28 MAJ PIT 72 67 4.2% 13.9% 0.30 85% .192 .254
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Neil Walker
3-Year Averages MAJ   580 515 8.6% 17.2% 0.50 81% .309 .146
Career MAJ   2324 2075 8.3% 17.4% 0.47 80% .313 .154

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2014 Stat Review for Neil Walker    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.224 AVG
TERRIBLE
85% Contact Rate
GREAT
.192 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.478 SLG
GOOD
.254 ISO
ELITE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.30 BB/K
POOR
4.2% BB Rate
TERRIBLE
13.9% K Rate
GOOD
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.746 OPS
AVERAGE
.268 OBP
TERRIBLE

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Best Matchups for Neil Walker (by OPS, min 6 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Bronson Arroyo AZ 19 9 4 6 2 1 0 .474 1.211 1.734
Tommy Hanson CHI-A 8 4 1 3 1 2 0 .500 1.125 1.681
Wily Peralta MIL 6 3 1 2 0 1 0 .500 1.000 1.500
Ian Kennedy SD 18 8 3 9 0 0 0 .444 1.000 1.444
Tim Lincecum SF 8 3 1 1 3 1 0 .375 .875 1.420
Mike Fiers MIL 10 5 1 1 0 2 0 .500 .900 1.400
Kris Medlen ATL 8 4 0 0 1 1 0 .500 .750 1.350
Ryan Dempster BOS 22 9 2 6 2 6 0 .409 .818 1.277
Justin Masterson CLE 9 5 0 1 0 2 0 .556 .667 1.222
Wandy Rodriguez PIT 17 7 1 1 1 3 0 .412 .765 1.209

Worst Matchups for Neil Walker (by OPS, min 6 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Josh Johnson SD 7 1 0 0 0 1 0 .143 .143 .286
Seth Maness STL 7 1 0 0 0 1 0 .143 .143 .286
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL 9 1 0 0 0 3 0 .111 .111 .222
Cole Hamels PHI 10 1 0 0 0 1 0 .100 .100 .200
Jake Arrieta CHI-N 12 1 0 1 0 4 2 .083 .083 .167
Shaun Marcum CLE 16 1 0 1 0 2 0 .063 .063 .121
Sean Marshall CIN 8 0 0 0 1 1 1 .000 .000 .111
Clayton Kershaw LA 8 0 0 0 0 3 1 .000 .000 .000
Zach Duke MIL 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Sam LeCure CIN 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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Neil Walker: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Walker has two homers in Monday's suspended game against the Reds. That game will be completed Tuesday at 5:30 ET.

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Walker clubbed a two-run homer Friday in Milwaukee, his first dinger since an Opening-Day walk-off winner.

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Walker was the only source of offense in the game Monday, hitting a walkoff solo home run in the 10th inning against the Cubs.

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Walker, who struggled hitting southpaws in 2013, crushed a tape-measure home run off lefty Antonio Bastardo on Sunday.

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Walker, who went 1-for-3 against the Rays on Saturday, is batting .267 in 15 at-bats (but has already struck out six times).

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Improving upon Walker's performance against left-handed pitching is one of manager Clint Hurdle's goals for 2014, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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Walker is not in the lineup Sunday against the Reds, Tom Singer of MLB.com reports.

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Walker belted his fifth and sixth homers in the last nine games Saturday against Cincinnati.

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Walker went 2-for-5 on Saturday with two solo home runs off Bronson Arroyo.

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Walker is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

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Walker went 1-for-5 with a home run Monday night as the Pirates clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Chicago Cubs.

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Walker hit his third homer in four games Sunday, going 2-for-2 against the Reds in an 11-3 loss.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Walker missed 30 of the Pirates' final 45 games with a herniated disc back injury. He expects to be ready for 2013, but the injury is potentially chronic. When healthy, the Pittsburgh native provides consistent offensive production. Last year, he batted .280/.342/.426 with 14 homers and 69 RBI in 472 at-bats. The 28-year-old will be eligible for arbitration following the 2013 season, giving him further incentive for big numbers. Despite a respectable .280 career batting average, Walker has always struggled with walks and strikeouts and last year was no exception. He posted a 47:104 BB:K, in line with his career numbers. Given that he typically bats ahead of Andrew McCutchen, Walker figures to see more than his fair share of good pitches to hit -- provided he can stay healthy.

2012

The switch-hitting second baseman served as the Pirates' cleanup hitter for much of 2011 and finished with a .273/.334/.408 slash line in 596 at-bats. He hit 12 dingers and drove in 83 runs for a team that struggled to produce offense. Walker batted 60 points higher from the fifth spot than fourth (.314 to .254, respectively). He's one of the better fantasy options available in Pittsburgh and would benefit from the addition of another stick in the lineup. He should come close to his numbers again in 2012 with the upside of a possible .290-300 batting average after he hit .296 as a rookie in 2010.

2011

Walker represented one of the biggest major league surprises in 2010. Flailing away in the minors since being drafted in the first round by Pittsburgh in 2004, time seemed to be running out on the switch-hitter. Combine a dismal 2009 showing with the Bucs - 7-for-35 with one double and no RBI - and it looked like the writing was on the wall. Fast forward to May 2010. Injuries struck the Pirates' infield, and GM Neal Huntington begrudgingly recalled Walker while dubbing him as the team's backup corner infielder. Thanks to Aki Iwamura's failure at second, Walker got a chance at a position he never played in the minors. He took to it like water and wound up giving the team a reliable infielder on both sides of the ball. The Pittsburgh native hit .296/.349/.462 with 29 doubles, 12 home runs and 66 RBI in 426 at-bats. A bulb went off in Walker's head last year, but it would be unwise banking on him as a sure thing, especially given that his career minor league line in seven years is just .273/.322/.441.

2010

Walker's major league debut with the Pirates was downright putrid in 2009. The Pittsburgh native complained about being passed over by current general manager Neal Huntington's draft picks -- Walker was selected by former GM David Littlefield, but his .195/.275/.222 line failed to back up his words. The 24-year-old third baseman is at a crossroads in his career. Super prospect Pedro Alvarez will likely take over third base some time in 2010, leaving Walker looking for another path to the majors. At some point, the Pirates will likely attempt to trade the disappointing 2004 No. 1 draft choice.

2009

No one felt the impact of the Pirates' choice of Pedro Alvarez more than Walker. The Pittsburgh native went from the next in line to third on the organizational depth chart behind Andy LaRoche and Alvarez. General manager Neal Huntington says the moves were simply an attempt to acquire the best players available, but it's clear that the organization hasn't been overly excited with Walker's progress since taking him No. 1 in 2004. Walker did a good job defensively in his first full year at third base after being moved from catcher, but his hitting has stagnated. Still only 23, Walker batted .242 with 16 homers and 80 RBI for Triple-A Indianapolis, but his 29:102 K:BB ratio suggest there's more work to be done. He'll likely spend the 2009 campaign at Triple-A with a chance at a September callup.

2008

Walker rebounded from a poor 2006 season with a strong showing in 2007, considering he switched positions from catcher to third base in spring training. He batted .288/.362/.462 in 117 games at Altoona before struggling the last month of the season at Triple-A, where he hit just .203 in 64 at-bats. The 22-year-old made 25 errors at the hot corner and has plenty of work to do there, though his instincts are good. If the Pirates experiment with Walker fails, there's always the chance the organization could move him to the outfield, where he could concentrate on his offense. It's still too early to say what position will end up playing in the big leagues, but at some point the team will need to find out, especially if his bat forces the Bucs to make a decision. That said, it's unlikely Walker will make his major league debut any earlier than August 2008, if then.

2007

Walker underwent offseason wrist surgery before the 2006 season and lost his power as a result. The switch-hitting catcher ended up missing the season's first six weeks because of the surgery and totaled five home runs between High-A Lynchburg and Double-A Altoona. In 2005 Walker swatted 12 dingers and the Pirates hope his power drop was only a temporary result of his wrist surgery. He'll probably start the 2007 season at Double-A with a promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis provided he produces. There's really no spot for him on the Pirates, but the team will gladly make room for him on a regular basis as soon as 2008.

2006

Keeper league alert: Walker batted .301 (12/68/7) for Single-A Hickory in 2005 and could easily move up to Double-A by the end of the 2006 season. He's got both the batting eye and power to make the move to the majors within the next year or two. Because of his athleticism, the Pirates may try him at third base, just to speed his climb to the majors. Walker brings a football mentality to the catching position. He starred at Pine Richland High School, a Pittsburgh suburb, as an all-state wide receiver. At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, the switch-hitting catcher has all of the physical tools to succeed at the major-league level, and comes complete with a big-league background -- his dad, Tom, pitched for the Montreal Expos. Still just 20 years of age, the 2004 No. 1 pick participated in the Arizona Fall League against older competition and held his own (hitting .265).

2005

Pittsburgh drafted a local product in Walker with their first pick in the 2004 draft. His tools as a projected backstop are top drawer and his bat was one of the best from the high-school ranks last year. At 19, he is still a few years away but he projects as a solid major league catcher down the road.

2004

The 18-year-old was the top backstop in the 2004 draft and one of the top three high school hitters. He has strong catching tools and projects to be a catcher at the major league level.