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Neil Walker
Birthdate: 9/10/1985 (31 y, 6 m, 16 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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SeasonLinersGABPAH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBIBBSOHBPSFSHGDPSBCSAVG
2009Liners4443300000000000000.750
2010Liners58777750361400015000000000.649
2011Liners7210210472601200023000020000.706
2012Liners6588895950900016000010100.670
2013Liners71899061441520017000010000.685
2014Liners77969668551210020000000000.708
2015Liners74929467491710022000020000.728
2016Liners5570705044501111000000000.714
TotalLiners47661862443034184411124000060100.696

SeasonLinersBB%K%BB/KAVGOBPSLGOPSISOBABIPwRCwRAAwOBAwRC+
2009Liners0.0 %0.0 %0.00.750.750.7501.500.000.75021.1.671329
2010Liners0.0 %0.0 %0.00.649.649.8311.481.182.6492920.2.649318
2011Liners0.0 %0.0 %0.00.706.692.8241.516.118.6924028.3.660336
2012Liners0.0 %0.0 %0.00.670.663.7731.436.102.6633222.0.623307
2013Liners0.0 %0.0 %0.00.685.678.8991.577.213.6783625.9.682358
2014Liners0.0 %0.0 %0.00.708.708.8541.563.146.7083827.8.688357
2015Liners0.0 %0.0 %0.00.728.713.9351.648.207.7134029.3.703367
2016Liners0.0 %0.0 %0.00.714.714.8291.543.114.7102920.3.670336
TotalLiners0.0 %0.0 %0.00.696.689.8501.539.154.689245175.1.669341

SeasonLinersGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2009Liners0.00100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %75.0 %0.0 %25.0 %0.0 %75.0 %25.0 %1477
2010Liners0.00100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %45.5 %24.7 %29.9 %7.8 %42.9 %49.4 %27096174
2011Liners0.00100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %37.5 %37.5 %25.0 %15.4 %43.3 %41.4 %376127249
2012Liners0.00100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %29.2 %42.7 %28.1 %4.5 %52.8 %42.7 %293101192
2013Liners0.00100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %43.3 %31.1 %25.6 %10.0 %47.8 %42.2 %29599196
2014Liners0.00100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %39.6 %40.6 %19.8 %15.6 %56.3 %28.1 %30392211
2015Liners0.00100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %34.0 %41.5 %24.5 %8.5 %47.9 %43.6 %314100214
2016Liners0.00100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %40.0 %37.1 %22.9 %8.6 %51.4 %40.0 %23791146
TotalLiners0.00100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %38.5 %36.5 %25.0 %10.3 %49.0 %40.7 %21027131389