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Neil Walker | Second Baseman

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 208
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Neil Walker went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, helping lead the Pirates past the Marlins on Tuesday.
Walker pushed the Pirates' lead to 4-0 with his two-run blast in the second inning off of Jose Urena. The 29-year-old is batting an uninspiring .259/.320/.395 with three home runs and 16 RBI on the year. May 26 - 10:14 PM

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Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. Josh Harrison is at second base Sunday, with Jung Ho Kang covering third.
May 24 - 10:35 AM

Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

He's getting a breather versus lefty Tyler Lyons. Josh Harrison is at second base Sunday, with Jung Ho Kang covering third base.
May 10 - 11:09 AM

Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with two walks, a steal and two runs scored Thursday.

Walker, who opened the season in the cleanup spot, is now batting second, a result of Josh Harrison's struggles and of Starling Marte's power surge turning him into a cleanup option. Walker is a viable fit in eight spot, with his career .340 OBP.
May 7 - 11:01 PM

Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

It appears that he's just getting a breather. Josh Harrison is at second base in Walker's place Sunday, with Jung Ho Kang covering third.
May 3 - 11:16 AM

Neil Walker went 3-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs on Sunday, leading the Pirates offensive attack in an 8-0 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Walker's two-run double off Jeremy Hellickson in the fifth inning plated a pair of runs and gave the Pirates a 4-0 lead. He also drew a walk and scored a run on the afternoon. Serving primarily as the team's cleanup hitter this season, Walker is off to a strong start hitting .300/.333/.457 with nine RBI in the early going.
Apr 26 - 7:39 PM

Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

It appears to just be a routine day of rest. Sean Rodriguez is getting a start at second base in Walker's place.
Apr 17 - 2:59 PM

Neil Walker was 3-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base Friday against the Brewers.

Two of his three hits were doubles. The switch-hitting Walker put up 23 home runs and 76 RBI last season while batting .271/.342/.467 across 137 games and should continue to put up solid numbers if he sticks as Pittsburgh's cleanup man.
Apr 10 - 11:51 PM

Neil Walker homered and doubled off the Braves' Wandy Rodriguez on Thursday.

Walker hit second today, but it appears he'll be the Pirates' cleanup man during the regular season, hitting in between Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. It's a nice spot for him to generate fantasy value.
Mar 26 - 4:28 PM

Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer versus the Astros on Tuesday.

It's not like Walker to find his stroke so early in the spring; he hit a combined .241 with two homers in 165 Grapefruit League at-bats from 2012-14. This year, he's off to a 7-for-17 start.
Mar 17 - 5:04 PM

Neil Walker (knee) is in the Pirates' lineup on Wednesday.

Walker was hit by a pitch in the back of the knee on Monday. It appears he's no worse for the wear. The 29-year-old slashed .271/.342/.467 with 23 homers and 76 RBI in 137 games for the Pirates last year.
Mar 11 - 9:24 AM

Pirates INF Neil Walker has been awarded $8 million through arbitration.

The arbitrator awarded on the side of the Pirates as opposed to Walker, who had requested $9 million. The 29-year-old second baseman is fresh off a breakout season offensively where he slashed .271/.342/.467 with 23 homers and 76 RBI in just 137 games.
Feb 7 - 2:47 PM

Neil Walker requested $9 million and was offered $8 million from the Pirates when arbitration figures were exchanged. projects Walker to earn $8.6 million, which is near the midpoint between the two sides. The 29-year-old is coming off a breakout offensive season where he slashed .271/.342/.467 with 23 homers and 76 RBI.
Jan 17 - 1:02 AM

The Pirates have engaged Neil Walker in contract extension talks, according to Tom Singer of

"We would like nothing more than to have Neil Walker end his career as a Pirate, there's no question about that," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "We understand that he's a really good player, and we understand the local implications and the local ties he has." It's the second time the club has approached Walker about an extension since 2011. They'll have to pay a steep price after Walker hit .271/.342/.467 with 23 homers this past season. Walker will be a free agent after the 2016 season.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 11:09:00 PM

Neil Walker singled and launched a solo homer in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

Walker was one of the few that didn't have trouble squaring up Johnny Cueto. His longball in the fourth inning was a deep blast to right field and knotted things up at the time before the Reds eventually prevailed late. Walker's season concludes with a .271/.342/.467 batting line and a career-high 23 homers.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 04:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
2Jose Tabata
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jared Hughes
5Arquimedes Caminero
6Rob Scahill
7Brandon Cumpton