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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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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

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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.

MLBTradeRumors.com 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 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.
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

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.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 05:20:00 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.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 11:24:00 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.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 11:06:00 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.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 04:51:00 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.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 07:15:00 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.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 04:42:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
2Jaff Decker
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jared Hughes
5Radhames Liz
6Arquimedes Caminero
7Rob Scahill
8Brandon Cumpton