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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
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The Pirates have engaged Neil Walker in contract extension talks, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com.
"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. Dec 10 - 11:09 PM

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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.
Sep 28 - 4:57 PM

Neil Walker went 2-for-5 and drove home three runs in a losing effort against the Reds on Saturday.

It was a crushing defeat for the Pirates who are still battling for the top spot in the National League Central. Walker drove home a pair of runs with an RBI single in the fifth inning, then added an RBI triple in the seventh to put the Bucs on top 6-4. He's having a strong season offensively, slashing .270/.341/.461 with 22 home runs and 75 RBI.
Sep 27 - 5:20 PM

Neil Walker hit his 22nd home run of the season in Thursday's win over the Braves.

Walker, who finished 1-for-4 on the evening, had been in a 1-for-23 skid since his previous homer on September 17. He added on to the Pirates' large lead, making it 10-0 with his two-run blast in the eighth inning off of Gus Schlosser. Walker has turned in another fine season at second base, hitting .270/.341/.460 and 72 RBI.
Sep 25 - 11:24 PM

Neil Walker finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's cakewalk over the Red Sox.

Walker cracked home run number 21 of the season in the third inning, extending the Pirates' lead to 5-0 at the time. He's homered in two of his last three games and has multiple hits in four of his last six. The second baseman is slashing .281/.353/.476 with 70 RBI in what's been another productive season.
Sep 17 - 11:06 PM

Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the Pirates' 7-3 win over the Cubs on Sunday.

Walker hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his 20th home run of the season. Walker added an RBI double and a run scored in the fifth inning as well. Walker is enjoying one of the best offensive seasons of his career, batting .279/.351/.468 with those 20 homers and 69 RBI.
Sep 14 - 4:51 PM

Neil Walker went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs as the Pirates pounded the Cubs 10-4 on Sunday.

Walker hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and he also scored in the second and fourth innings as the Pirates jumped out to a huge early lead. The three-hit game was Walker's second in his last four games, a span in which he's 8-for-15 with three doubles, a home run and five runs scored. Walker is hitting .279/.351/.468 with a career-high 19 homers and 63 RBI overall.
Sep 7 - 7:15 PM

Neil Walker went 3-for-3 and drew a walk in Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals.

Walker reached base four times, but unfortunately for the Pirates that represented half of the number of times they got on. Starling Marte also had a single for the Bucs, who were swept in St. Louis and are now six games out of first place in the National League Central.
Sep 3 - 4:42 PM

Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run, but the Pirates fell to the Braves 7-3 on Monday.

Walker had started only two games in the past week due to lower back stiffness, but didn't show any signs of discomfort against Ervin Santana. His third-inning solo shot helped reduce the Pirates' deficit to 6-2, but it wasn't enough. The second baseman has had a fine year, bashing 17 home runs and driving in 51 runs while slashing .279/.348/.462.
Aug 18 - 10:29 PM

Neil Walker (back) is not in the Pirates starting lineup on Saturday.

Walker has been dealing with lower back stiffness since the beginning of the month, so it looks as though manager Clint Hurdle wanted to give him day off and not push him on consecutive nights. Jayson Nix will once again fill in at second base.
Aug 16 - 3:42 PM

Neil Walker is back in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

It's just his second start in the last 14 days and first since August 5 due to lower back stiffness. He's at second base and hitting cleanup against Tanner Roark and the Nationals.
Aug 15 - 3:51 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Thursday that he's "optimistic" Neil Walker (back) will return to the lineup on Friday.

Walker has started one game in the last 13 days due to back tightness, and he left that contest after the back acted up on him again. However, he was available off the bench Thursday and the club feels confident that the back issues are behind the second baseman.
Aug 15 - 11:03 AM

The Pirates think Neil Walker (back) will avoid the disabled list.

A trip to the DL was looking likely over the weekend, but manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday that Walker is "showing improvement" and could rejoin the lineup soon. "He’s showing improvement … and going through the examinations with the doctors. Again, anybody who’s had a back challenge, I think we all have different degrees of concern from time to time, and then when you find out that maybe some things you were concerned about aren’t in play, it can help the process. We’ve been able to isolate what he needs to work on to recover. He was in a better place [Monday] and better place [Tuesday]."
Aug 13 - 10:41 AM

Neil Walker (back) is out of the Pirates' starting lineup again Tuesday.

Walker has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since he left a game last Tuesday due to back tightness. The Pirates will apparently continue to play short-handed for now.
Aug 12 - 3:03 PM

Neil Walker (back) is expected to be placed on the disabled list.

Walker pinch-hit Saturday and was originally in Sunday's lineup, so he must have had a setback during batting practice. The Pirates aren't expected to officially make a roster move until after Sunday's game. Walker has started just one game over the last eight days due to back issues.
Aug 10 - 11:03 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
4Elias Diaz
5Sebastian Valle
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
3Sean Rodriguez
2B1Neil Walker
2Gustavo Nunez
3Jake Elmore
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Pedro Florimon
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
2Deibinson Romero
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Travis Snider
3Andrew Lambo
4Willy Garcia
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
7Jeremy Bleich
8Nick Kingham
9Jameson Taillon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4John Holdzkom
5Jared Hughes
6Brandon Cumpton
7Stolmy Pimentel
8Casey Sadler
9Bobby LaFromboise
10Rob Scahill
11Radhames Liz
12Deolis Guerra
13Blake Wood
14Brad Lincoln