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Neil Walker
Birthdate: 9/10/1985 (31 y, 6 m, 13 d)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/215     Position: 2B
Drafted: 2004 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 11, Overall: 11, Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Contract: $17.2M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Walker went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, his third blast of the spring, in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins. (3/14/2017)
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Neil Walker had never hit more than 3 home runs against left handed pitching in a single season, and he hadn’t hit more than 2 since 2010. In 2016 he hit 8, and that explains his 2016 in a nutshell. In 2016, Walker flipped the script on what was otherwise a very consistent career. His home run rates climbed to career highs, especially against left handed pitchers which reached 17% of fly balls. Overall his ground ball and fly ball rates flipped flopped, turning him into a strong fly ball hitter while setting a career high FB% and a career low GB% - if you ignore his 2009 September cup of coffee. He went from a career 17% below average hitter against left handed pitching to batting and astonishing 68% above average against lefties. Unfortunately, his injury history caught up to him, and he underwent season ending back surgery in early September. Even with missing the final month of the season, he matched his career high 23 home runs and set a new career highs in walk rate and slugging percentage. He claimed his ailing back did little to limit his swing but did limit his ability to run the bases. His numbers appear to back that up, with a slight drop in doubles and stolen bases in addition to the previously stated power surge. (Andrew Perpetua)

The Quick Opinion: Walker should be healthy going into 2017. Whether you buy his newfound penchant for destroying lefties or not, Walker is a top 15 second basemen. Don't be afraid to turn to him when the top tier second basemen come off the board.

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