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Pittsburgh Pirates
2014 Avg.
.273
 
Career Avg.
.273
Name  Neil Walker
Born  9/10/1985
Height  6-3
Weight  215
Number  18
Position  2B
Bats  S
Throws  R
Hot4/15/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker continued his home run binge with another long ball Tuesday in the second game of a double-header.
Insight: That gives Walker five blasts in 58 at bats this season. Last season, Walker didn't hit his fifth home run until June 12th. Walker's .310 batting average is a noticeable improvement from the .265 clip he hit for in 2013.
 
4/15/2014 9:05:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker finished 3-for-5 with two homers in Monday's game against the Reds, which was suspended due to rain and completed on Tuesday.
Insight: Walker hit six homers in his final nine games last year and now he has started off with four in his first 13 games this season.
 
9/28/2013 6:39:00 PM
Description: Neil Walker assured the Pirates of home field advantage for the NL Wild Card game by blasting two homers Saturday in a win over the Reds.
Insight: Walker's power surge has included six round-trippers in his last nine contests. His batting average has only improved marginally over that span, rising from .245 to where it sits now at .251.
 
9/28/2013 10:44:00 AM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is 7-for-16 (.438) with two doubles and two homers in his career against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Walker has hit four homers over his last eight games to give him 14 this year, but he still has had a disappointing season after flashing some positive signs in 2012. However, he should be started with Arroyo on the mound Saturday.
 
9/22/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker has produced strong numbers against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Walker had four hits Thursday and has homered in two of his last three games, but he's still hitting just .143 (7-for-49) over his last 14 games. He does have a .357 average with a double and a homer in 14 at-bats against Arroyo, however.
 
9/19/2013 6:51:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker had a big day Thursday against the Padres.
Insight: Walker went 4-for-5 with three RBI. He had been just two for his last 36 before today's game.
 
Cold9/11/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker is hitless in nine at-bats versus Texas starter Matt Garza.
Insight: Walker's recent hot streak is over as he's batted just .063 over the past five games (1-for-160. He doesn't figure to break out of his slump on Wednesday.
 
Hot9/2/2013 7:57:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker is 11-for-26 with a double, a triple, two homers and seven RBI over his last six games.
Insight: He went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Monday against the Brewers. Walker is hitting .316 with four home runs and 16 RBI over his last 34 games.
 
8/31/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker has gone 8-for-17 with a double, a triple, a homer and four RBI over his last four games.
Insight: Walker hasn't been able to put together an extended hot streak. He started off the month hitting .329 with an .859 OPS over the first 18 games before falling in a 1-for-18 slump. That's been the story of this season for Walker, who is hitting .262 with a .762 OPS after going 3-for-4 with a triple and one RBI Saturday.
 
Hot8/25/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker has picked up seven hits (four 2B) in just 13 at-bats against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: With Vogelsong on the mound Sunday, make sure Walker is in your fantasy lineup. The Pirates second baseman has a significantly lower strikeout rate and similar and batted ball distribution to 2012, including a 24.6 percent line-drive rate, but his average is down 25 points due in large part to a 35-point drop in BABIP. Part of that is Walker's fault as he has exhibited a dropoff in power, hitting .178 with a 13.6 percent extra-base hit rate on flyballs this year compared to .246 with a 20.8 percent extra-base hit rate on flies in 2012.
 
Hot8/21/2013 11:00:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker is 6-for-12 with two homers and seven RBI in 12 at-bats against Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Walker has been a solid producer in August, batting .329 in 18 games and should be a nice option on Wednesday.
 
8/18/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker has been given the day off Sunday versus Arizona.
Insight: It's Walker's first off-day since July 30th. Jordy Mercer (.271, 5 HR, 19 RBI) will fill in at second base.
 
8/8/2013 9:12:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker went 3-for-3 with two RBI Thursday against Miami.
Insight: Walker is 17-for-43 (.395) with six doubles, a homer and five RBI over his last 12 games. The second baseman has a 25 percent line-drive rate this season, so it's about time he saw some better luck on balls in play.
 
7/25/2013 11:23:00 AM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Walker missed two weeks earlier this month with a right oblique strain, but this doesn't appear to be related. He is only hitting .240 this season with a .721 OPS.
 
7/23/2013 6:03:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (oblique) will return from the DL Tuesday.
Insight: Walker hasn't played since July 6 due to a right oblique strain. Walker is only hitting .244 this season, but that can partially be attributed to bad luck -- he has a line-drive rate of 26 percent, but his BABIP is just .285.
 
7/19/2013 4:28:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (side) will begin his rehab assignent Friday night at Indianapolis, according to beat writer Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune.
Insight: Walker hasn't played since July 6 due to a right oblique strain. The switch-hitter is expected to play three games and be activated on Monday. He's batting .244 with six homers, 26 RBI and a .731 OPS.
 
7/9/2013 7:55:00 PM
Description: The Pirates have placed second baseman Neil Walker (side) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 7.
Insight: Walker hasn't played since Saturday due to a right oblique strain. The switch-hitter can swing from the right side of the plate but is experiencing pain when swinging from the left side. Expect Brandon Inge and Jordy Mercer to platoon at second base.
 
7/9/2013 4:59:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (side) is out of the lineup Tuesday, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Walker hasn't played since Saturday due to discomfort in his right side. He's considered day-to-day.
 
7/8/2013 6:52:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker won't be in the lineup Monday versus Oakland.
Insight: He'll miss his second straight game with oblique discomfort. Brandon Inge will again get the start in Walker's place.
 
Cold7/7/2013 12:49:00 PM
Description: Neil Walker injured his side Saturday against the Cubs and won't be available for the series finale on Sunday.
Insight: The Pirates second baseman has been slumping lately (just four hits in his last 23 at bats) so the injury gives fantasy owners a good excuse to get him out of the lineup. Brandon Inge will start in Walker's place.