Pittsburgh Pirates
2014 Avg.
.276
 
Career Avg.
.273
Name  Neil Walker
Born  9/10/1985
Height  6-3
Weight  215
Number  18
Position  2B
Bats  S
Throws  R
7/5/2014 1:08:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker will get a routine day off on Saturday.
Insight: Walker was off to a fast start before his stint on the diabled list and hasn't been able to recapture that level of production since his return (.205, 0 HR, 2 RBI, .545 OPS in 11 games).
 
6/24/2014 2:47:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (appendectomy) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Walker missed the minimum amount of time. He'll return to a .280 average, 11 homers, 35 RBI, 29 runs and an .805 OPS. Josh Harrison (.304, 5 HR, 5 SB), who filled in for Walker at second base, has hit .368 with a homer, seven RBI and three steals over his last nine games. The Pirates will have to find a way to keep his bat in the lineup, though it won't come at the expense of Walker.
 
6/17/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (appendectomy) is expected to return from the disabled list when he's first eligible on June 24, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Walker is eager to get back in the lineup but has to wait until his 15 days are up. He'll return to a .280 average, 11 homers, 35 RBI, 29 runs and an .805 OPS.
 
6/9/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker has been placed on the disabled list after undergoing an appendectomy.
Insight: Walker was scratched from the lineup Monday after complaining of abdominal pain and needed to undergo the procedure. Josh Harrison will take over for Walker at second base and the Pirates will call up top prospect Gregory Polanco Tuesday to man right field.
 
6/9/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker was scratched from Monday's lineup, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: He's dealing with abdominal pain. Walker is on pace to shatter his career high of 16 homers, as he has 11 in 62 games this season.
 
6/9/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker was scratched from Monday's lineup, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: The Pirates say a reason will be given "as soon as it becomes available." Walker is on pace to shatter his career high of 16 homers, as he has 11 in 62 games this season.
 
6/4/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker will ride the pine Wednesday against San Diego. SOURCE: Pirates on Twitter
Insight: Walker (.279, 11 HR, 34 RBI) has appeared in all 58 games for Pittsbugh this season so he was due for a rest. Utility man Josh Harrison (.303, 4 HR, 12 RBI) will make a rare start at second base.
 
5/9/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker drove in four runs Friday against the Cardinals.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with his seventh homer. The second baseman's career high for homers in a season came last year when he hit 16, but going back to last September he has hit 13 home runs in his last 168 at-bats.
 
5/3/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker could be in for a rough night against R.A. Dickey.
Insight: The knuckleball is almost as difficult to hit as it is to catch. Walker (.264, 6 HR, 13 RBI) has never been to able to figure Dickey out (2-for-12 in his career) and we don't see that changing on Saturday.
 
5/1/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is a career .429 hitter (9-for-21) against Baltimore starter Bud Norris.
Insight: Walker's batting average isn't much to talk about (.235) but he's hitting the ball with plenty of power with six homers. That ranks him in a tie for second among all big league second basemen.
 
4/20/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker contributed three hits Sunday in a loss to Milwaukee.
Insight: Walker's batting average hasn't been up to snuff (.250 through 19 games) but he's hitting the ball with plenty of power. His 394-foot blast in the fourth inning Sunday was his sixth of the season. That leads all big league second basemen.
 
Hot4/16/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker has hit four home runs over his last five games but he'll run into Johnny Cueto Wednesday against the Reds.
Insight: Walker has five homers in 14 games after blasting six in his final nine last year. He didn't hit his fifth homer in 2013 until his 51st game. Cueto has limited the second baseman to six hits in 28 at-bats (.214), however.
 
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.