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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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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

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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

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

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.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 10:29:00 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.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 03:42:00 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.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 03:51:00 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.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 11:03:00 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]."
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 10:41:00 AM

Depth Charts

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