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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
3 .263 0 0 0 0 .275 0.0
Birth Date9-10-1985
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age29 years, 1 months, 12 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
1.42010
1.82011
2.32012
2.92013
3.52014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2009 PIT 23 17 40 36 5 7 1 0 0 8 4 11 0 0 0 0 1 0 .194 .275 .222 .182 -2.7 -0.5 -0.3
2010 PIT 24 110 469 426 57 126 29 3 12 197 34 83 3 4 2 66 2 3 .296 .349 .462 .292 28.8 -15.7 1.4
2011 PIT 25 159 662 596 76 163 36 4 12 243 54 112 4 8 0 83 9 6 .273 .334 .408 .266 22.6 -5.9 1.8
2012 PIT 26 129 530 472 62 132 27 0 14 201 47 104 2 8 1 69 7 5 .280 .342 .426 .283 22.9 -0.9 2.3
2013 PIT 27 133 551 478 62 120 24 4 16 200 50 85 15 3 5 53 1 2 .251 .339 .418 .278 23.3 3.6 2.9
2014 PIT 28 137 571 512 74 139 25 3 23 239 45 88 11 2 1 76 2 2 .271 .342 .467 .297 35.3 -3.4 3.5
Career6852823252033668714214771088234483352593472218.273.340.432.281130.2-22.811.6

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2004 WPT A- 8 35 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .323 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HIC A 120 518 .274 .261 .339 .398 .265 .333 99 6.8 13.0 2.7 -0.5 2.9 31.3 3.0 31.3 3.0
2005 LYN A+ 9 45 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .367 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 LYN A+ 72 294 .279 .261 .344 .397 .261 .321 103 4.9 7.1 2.3 0.7 0.4 15.1 1.6 15.1 1.6
2006 ALT AA 10 32 .234 .256 .325 .391 .260 .120 104 -1.4 1.5 -0.4 -0.0 -0.2 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2007 ALT AA 117 490 .287 .264 .338 .400 .259 .321 107 14.6 14.5 1.8 -3.8 2.7 41.2 3.8 41.2 3.8
2007 IND AAA 19 69 .152 .257 .320 .380 .250 .255 94 -8 2.0 0.2 -0.3 -0.6 -6.3 -0.6 -6.3 -0.6
2008 IND AAA 133 550 .252 .263 .328 .404 .261 .271 87 -5.1 16.5 1.9 5.8 1.6 20.8 2.6 20.8 2.6
2009 PIT MLB 17 40 .182 .252 .321 .382 .254 .280 97 -3.3 1.2 0.1 -0.5 -0.3 -2.7 -0.3 -2.7 -0.3
2009 IND AAA 95 390 .253 .265 .331 .408 .250 .283 105 -2.8 11.4 1.3 -7.4 1.1 7.7 0.0 7.7 0.0
2009 PIR Rk 8 32 .179 .255 .335 .361 .258 .167 97 -2.8 1.0 -0.1 -0.0 0.4 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2010 PIT MLB 110 469 .292 .259 .322 .407 .266 .340 94 15 12.9 -0.5 -15.7 -1.9 28.8 1.4 28.8 1.4
2010 IND AAA 43 189 .308 .274 .339 .425 .262 .366 102 10.3 5.8 -1.2 3.2 -0.6 14.5 1.7 14.5 1.7
2011 PIT MLB 159 662 .266 .255 .316 .400 .260 .315 98 4.1 17.8 -0.8 -5.9 1.0 22.6 1.8 22.6 1.8
2012 PIT MLB 129 530 .283 .260 .323 .414 .264 .326 97 12.1 14.5 -0.7 -0.9 -1.1 22.9 2.3 22.9 2.3
2013 PIT MLB 133 551 .278 .249 .312 .389 .254 .274 98 9.5 14.5 -0.7 3.6 0.8 23.3 2.9 23.3 2.9
2013 ALT AA 4 13 .351 .303 .369 .430 .301 .500 92 1.2 0.4 0 -0.2 -0.1 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2013 IND AAA 3 11 .250 .237 .322 .348 .244 .250 105 -0.1 0.3 0 -0.3 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2014 PIT MLB 137 571 .297 .248 .308 .386 .259 .288 99 20 14.7 -0.7 -3.4 0.4 35.3 3.5 35.3 3.5
2014 BRD A+ 1 5 .261 .239 .299 .326 .231 .333 97 0 0.1 0 0.0 -0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 WPT A- 35 2 10 3 0 0 7 2 1 1 2 .312 .353 .406 .094 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HIC A 518 78 146 33 2 12 68 20 71 7 4 .301 .337 .452 .151 .274 31.3 -0.5 3.0
2005 LYN A+ 45 4 11 2 1 0 12 0 12 0 0 .262 .262 .357 .095 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 LYN A+ 294 32 75 22 1 3 35 19 41 3 5 .284 .341 .409 .125 .279 15.1 0.7 1.6
2006 ALT AA 32 5 5 0 0 2 3 1 4 0 0 .161 .188 .355 .194 .234 -0.7 -0.0 -0.1
2007 IND AAA 69 7 13 3 0 0 0 2 13 1 1 .203 .261 .250 .047 .152 -6.3 -0.3 -0.6
2007 ALT AA 490 77 124 30 3 13 66 53 73 9 4 .288 .365 .462 .174 .287 41.2 -3.8 3.8
2008 IND AAA 550 69 122 25 7 16 80 29 102 10 6 .242 .283 .414 .172 .252 20.8 5.8 2.6
2009 IND AAA 390 38 94 31 2 14 69 26 60 5 2 .264 .315 .480 .216 .253 7.7 -7.4 0.0
2009 PIT MLB 40 5 7 1 0 0 0 4 11 1 0 .194 .275 .222 .028 .182 -2.7 -0.5 -0.3
2009 PIR Rk 32 2 5 2 0 1 1 1 5 0 1 .167 .219 .333 .167 .179 -1.2 -0.0 -0.1
2010 IND AAA 189 25 54 18 2 6 26 19 31 10 1 .321 .394 .560 .238 .308 14.5 3.2 1.7
2010 PIT MLB 469 57 126 29 3 12 66 34 83 2 3 .296 .349 .462 .167 .292 28.8 -15.7 1.4
2011 PIT MLB 662 76 163 36 4 12 83 54 112 9 6 .273 .334 .408 .134 .266 22.6 -5.9 1.8
2012 PIT MLB 530 62 132 27 0 14 69 47 104 7 5 .280 .342 .426 .146 .283 22.9 -0.9 2.3
2013 ALT AA 13 0 5 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 .417 .462 .500 .083 .351 1.4 -0.2 0.1
2013 IND AAA 11 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .222 .364 .333 .111 .250 0.3 -0.3 0.0
2013 PIT MLB 551 62 120 24 4 16 53 50 85 1 2 .251 .339 .418 .167 .278 23.3 3.6 2.9
2014 BRD A+ 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .000 .261 0.2 0.0 0.0
2014 PIT MLB 571 74 139 25 3 23 76 45 88 2 2 .271 .342 .467 .195 .297 35.3 -3.4 3.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 164 0.4390 0.4817 0.8101 0.5833 0.4022 0.9048 0.7027 0.1899
2010 1790 0.4832 0.4497 0.8308 0.6243 0.2854 0.9000 0.6894 0.1679
2011 2616 0.4637 0.4516 0.8561 0.5911 0.3307 0.8926 0.7996 0.1439
2012 2027 0.4475 0.4553 0.8200 0.6174 0.3232 0.9071 0.6851 0.1800
2013 2025 0.4578 0.4570 0.8095 0.6365 0.3042 0.9034 0.6437 0.1905
2014 2162 0.4741 0.4785 0.8356 0.6654 0.3096 0.8900 0.7301 0.1634
Career107840.46450.45880.83160.62490.31370.89820.71510.168

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-06 2014-08-09 DTD 3 3 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-08-02 2014-08-05 DTD 3 2 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-06-09 2014-06-24 15-DL 15 14 - General Medical Surgery Appendectomy 2014-06-09
2013-07-07 2013-07-23 15-DL 16 11 Right Trunk Soreness Ribcage - -
2013-04-27 2013-05-13 15-DL 16 14 Right Hand Laceration Spiked - -
2012-09-25 2012-10-04 DTD 9 9 - Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc - -
2012-09-21 2012-09-22 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Soreness - -
2012-08-27 2012-09-14 DTD 18 15 - Low Back Tightness - -
2012-08-16 2012-08-19 DTD 3 3 Right Fingers Dislocation Little Finger Player Collision - -
2012-03-07 2012-03-11 Camp 4 0 - Low Back Spasms - -
2011-06-30 2011-07-01 DTD 1 1 Low Back Soreness -
2011-06-25 2011-06-30 DTD 5 4 Left Wrist Sprain -
2011-05-11 2011-05-13 DTD 2 1 General Medical Illness Flu -
2010-06-26 2010-07-03 DTD 7 7 Head Concussion Player Collision While Fielding -
2009-06-03 2009-07-16 Minors 43 0 Left Knee Sprain PCL -
2006-08-22 2006-08-30 Minors 8 0 - General Medical Illness Virus - -
2006-04-05 2006-05-01 Minors 26 0 Left Wrist Recovery From Surgery Ligament -
2005-12-02 2005-12-02 Minors 0 0 Left Wrist Surgery Ligament -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 PIT $
2014 PIT $5,750,000
2013 PIT $3,300,000
2012 PIT $500,000
2011 PIT $437,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$4,237,000
2011Current$5,750,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$9,987,000
4 yrTotal$9,987,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 166 dHendricks Sports1 year/$5.75M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$5.75M (2014). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.3M (2013). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/31/13 (avoided arbitration, $3.6M-$3M).
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2012). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.437M (2011). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/2/09.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 11/20/08.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2004 (1-11) (Pine Richland HS, Pa.). $1.95M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 645 76 168 36 3 18 80 57 112 7 4 .292 .360 .456 .301 45.2 2B -6 4.3
80o 630 72 158 34 2 17 76 54 111 7 4 .281 .348 .439 .291 38.1 2B -6 3.5
70o 618 69 152 33 2 16 73 52 111 6 4 .274 .339 .427 .284 33.2 2B -6 3.0
60o 609 67 146 32 2 15 71 50 110 6 4 .267 .332 .417 .278 29.1 2B -6 2.6
50o 600 64 142 31 2 15 69 48 110 6 4 .261 .325 .408 .272 25.4 2B -5 2.2
40o 591 62 136 30 2 14 66 46 109 6 4 .255 .318 .398 .266 21.8 2B -5 1.8
30o 582 60 131 28 2 14 64 44 109 6 3 .249 .311 .388 .260 18.1 2B -5 1.4
20o 570 57 125 27 2 13 62 42 108 5 3 .241 .303 .377 .253 13.9 2B -5 0.9
10o 555 54 116 25 2 12 58 40 107 5 3 .231 .291 .361 .243 8.2 2B -5 0.3
Weighted Mean6016514231215694811064.262.326.409.27326.02B -52.2

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 45% 3% 9% 97%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201529615741342821770551125.245.319.397.2611.519.80.14.014.90.8-5.8
201630612751392911669581125.255.331.401.2681.923.50.03.814.94.7-5.8
201731604721342621667521074.247.320.390.2611.519.30.13.614.90.7-5.7
201832624731453121568511103.257.324.397.2641.620.70.13.514.92.1-5.9
201933627731302821567571222.234.310.374.2500.712.80.33.414.9-5.8-6.0
202034625721352621566531221.240.310.372.2510.813.00.43.214.9-5.5-5.9
202135603711342521464521190.248.320.380.2571.216.70.72.914.9-1.8-5.7
202236621681282421260511290.229.299.344.238-0.15.30.82.814.9-13.3-5.9
202337616661312511157501260.235.302.342.238-0.15.10.82.614.9-13.3-5.9

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
5347.76740.433.525241.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 88 Chase Utley 2007 .321
2 88 Daniel Murphy 2013 .265
3 85 Brandon Phillips 2009 .265
4 84 Kelly Johnson 2010 .310
5 82 Ian Kinsler 2010 .277
6 81 Ryan Garko 2009 .266
7 81 Jed Lowrie 2012 .283
8 80 Chase Headley 2012 .320
9 80 Khalil Greene 2008 .226
10 80 Stephen Drew 2011 .262
11 80 Edwin Encarnacion 2011 .271
12 80 Robinson Cano 2011 .306
13 80 Garrett Atkins 2008 .262
14 79 Bobby Crosby 2008 .229
15 79 Juan Rivera 2007 .234
16 78 Aaron Hill 2010 .232
17 78 Howie Kendrick 2012 .263
18 78 Casey McGehee 2011 .224
19 78 Jeremy Hermida 2012 .253
20 78 Kevin Kouzmanoff 2010 .242
21 78 Chad Tracy 2008 .242
22 78 Ben Francisco 2010 .268
23 77 Dan Uggla 2008 .306
24 77 Chris Burke 2008 .221
25 77 Michael Cuddyer 2007 .281
26 77 Sean Rodriguez 2013 .272
27 76 Brendan Harris 2009 .244
28 76 Chris Snyder 2009 .248
29 76 Bill Madlock 1979 .277
30 76 Carlos Quentin 2011 .297
31 76 Bobby Grich 1977 .291
32 76 Alex Gordon 2012 .285
33 76 Xavier Nady 2007 .266
34 76 Adam Rosales 2011 .153
35 76 Dick McAuliffe 1968 .300
36 76 David Murphy 2010 .280
37 76 Andy LaRoche 2012 .000 DNP
38 76 Alex Rios 2009 .240
39 76 Adam Lind 2012 .256
40 76 Angel Pagan 2010 .287
41 76 Chipper Jones 2000 .318
42 76 Willy Aybar 2011 .000 DNP
43 76 Victor Martinez 2007 .299
44 75 Matt Downs 2012 .220
45 75 Adrian Beltre 2007 .274
46 75 Richie Hebner 1976 .260
47 75 J.J. Hardy 2011 .272
48 75 David DeJesus 2008 .275
49 75 Dan Johnson 2008 .235
50 75 Rickie Weeks 2011 .287
51 75 Jayson Nix 2011 .203
52 75 Jason Kubel 2010 .255
53 75 Seth Smith 2011 .281
54 75 Franklin Gutierrez 2011 .199
55 75 Cal Ripken Jr. 1989 .264
56 75 Jose Bautista 2009 .261
57 75 Brennan Boesch 2013 .273
58 75 Hank Thompson 1954 .310
59 75 Jhonny Peralta 2010 .253
60 75 Ryan Doumit 2009 .244
61 75 Jorge Cantu 2010 .254
62 75 Mark Teahen 2010 .237
63 75 Hank Blalock 2009 .251
64 75 Billy Williams 1966 .297
65 75 Chris Coghlan 2013 .263
66 75 Al Kaline 1963 .324
67 74 Jon Jay 2013 .263
68 74 Miguel Montero 2012 .296
69 74 Curtis Granderson 2009 .267
70 74 Matt LaPorta 2013 .000 DNP
71 74 Ian Stewart 2013 .000 DNP
72 74 Nate McLouth 2010 .233
73 74 Wilson Betemit 2010 .298
74 74 Edgardo Alfonzo 2002 .304
75 74 Andre Ethier 2010 .323
76 74 Nick Hundley 2012 .173
77 74 Moises Alou 1995 .280
78 74 Robin Yount 1984 .302
79 74 Kent Hrbek 1988 .325
80 74 Chris Iannetta 2011 .271
81 74 James Loney 2012 .221
82 74 Austin Kearns 2008 .230
83 74 Vernon Wells 2007 .252
84 74 Scott Sizemore 2013 .168
85 74 Danny Valencia 2013 .307
86 74 Cesar Cedeno 1979 .274
87 73 Sal Bando 1972 .281
88 73 Todd Helton 2002 .314
89 73 Justin Morneau 2009 .294
90 73 Reggie Smith 1973 .319
91 73 Ron Cey 1976 .322
92 73 Gaby Sanchez 2012 .218
93 73 Robin Ventura 1996 .296
94 73 Corey Hart 2010 .307
95 73 Bobby Thomson 1952 .305
96 73 Shin-Soo Choo 2011 .268
97 73 Jim Ray Hart 1970 .291
98 73 Kendrys Morales 2011 .000 DNP
99 73 Gabe Gross 2008 .262
100 73 Oscar Gamble 1978 .300

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .245 .304 .292 .226
11 vs R (Multi) .270 .349 .455 .286
18 Split (Multi) .024 .045 .162 .061
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.007 .000 .004 .002
30 vs L (2013) .225 .281 .237 .208
31 vs R (2013) .256 .350 .455 .289
38 Split (2013) .031 .069 .217 .082
39 LgAvg (2013) -.008 -.001 .005 .003

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Although back woes limited Walker down the stretch, his 2012 season was a successful one. He has now spent three seasons in the majors and solidified himself as a second baseman. His defense has improved, and his bat remains consistently above league-average. Past rumors had the Pirates interested in locking the native Yinzer into a long-term extension. Walker entered his arbitration years during the offseason, so if the Pirates are going to make a move it has to happen soon.
2012 Before the ink dried on Tabataís new deal, rumor had it that Walker would be the next up in the non-McCutchen extension line. It makes sense for qualitative (hometown kid, the clubís first-round draft pick in 2004, fan favorite, etc.) and quantitative (pre-arb 25-year-old second baseman with offensive skills) purposes. Walker improved defensively in his second full season at the keystone, relocating on the spectrum from horrific to poor. As a switch-hitter, Walker shows better chops from the left side with more pop and tighter strike zone judgment, but his total walk and strikeout rates went the right way for the second straight season. PECOTA is bearish on Walker developing further in 2012. The Pirates might consider it worth the gamble to lock him up now in case he does.
2011 Walker made a phoenix-like rise to the Pirates' starting lineup last season, taking over at second base for Akinori Iwamura in late May despite never having played the position before spring training. He went on to have one of the best years of any National League rookie. The Pirates began converting Walker, their first-round draft selection from 2004, into a utility player in spring training both due to generally mediocre hitting results and because he no longer had a future at third base with Pedro Alvarez set to make the position his long-term domain, but he found a home at the keystone. Walker is, somewhat surprisingly, an above-average offensive player for a second baseman as a switch-hitter with power. What's more, he improved his plate discipline as the 2010 season wore on, a very encouraging sign for a player who had been something of a free swinger throughout his professional career.
2010 The Pirates called Walker up on September 1 with roster expansion to great fanfare, as he was the local kid who had (finally) made good. He'd been the team's first-round pick in 2004 after starring as a switch-hitting high-school catcher in Pittsburgh's northern suburbs. However, Russell refused to play Walker ahead of Andy LaRoche, which shows how little faith he had in the hometown hero. Beyond picking him in the first place, perhaps the Pirates' biggest mistake with Walker was moving him out from behind the plate in 2007. He lost much of his offensive value with the move to third base, and while he's worked hard at it, he's not an asset with the glove there either. As a hitter, his career had already been handicapped by an inability to work for walks or hit lefties; that would be less of a problem if he could catch, and his hitting .278/.319/.527 against Triple-A right-handers last year suggests that he'd have had some value as a bat while playing behind the plate.
2009 Walker was named Indianapolis's MVP last season for the season above. Could there be a stronger indictment of the talent in the upper level of the Pirates' farm system? While Walker has made big strides defensively since being moved to third from catcher two years ago and has the strong arm and soft hands to make for a quality defender, his pitch recognition issues haven't gotten better over time, and he has yet to have a truly good season at the plate. There comes a time where a prospect has to be more than athletic and needs to convert tools into skills; for Walker, that time is now.
2008 The Pirates moved Walker from catcher to third base on the first day of spring training last year, reducing his long-term value. As a switch-hitter with power potential, Walker was one of the best catching prospects in the game. He is still a top prospect, but his power is not appreciably better than that of most third basemen. Walker made a relatively smooth transition to the hot corner at Triple-A and will put the finishing touches on his game there this year before getting a chance to move into the starting lineup in 2009.
2007 The Joe Mauer trajectory of local catcher making good isn`t going as planned so far for Neil Walker. Injuries (wrist surgery), illness (a viral infection), and uninspired production have the Pirates talking about moving him to third base. Ironically that will make him even less of a prospect because, as is often the case, a strong bat for a catcher is a weak bat elsewhere around the diamond. Walker didn`t hit well in the Arizona Fall League (.291/.306/.397), which is like being on the faculty at Bordello University and not being able to score with a co-ed.
2006 Walker is the first `local boy` in Pirates history to be drafted in the first round (11th overall in 2004), which will work in his favor. Walker`s a switch hitter who boasts a smooth line-drive swing that should generate decent averages and gap power, but he has a glaring lack of patience. Behind the plate, Walker is athletic and strong-armed but unpolished. It`s possible that he`ll be moved to another position, perhaps third base, but they`ll leave him behind the plate until he proves he can`t catch. (This was the same approach they took with J.R. House, and that didn`t turn out well.) If he reaches Pittsburgh, Walker will join Honus Wagner and Dick Groat on the Pirates` short list of local guys made good.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty: With Joey Votto on the DL, I'm looking to fill some holes. My current DH is Hunter Pence. Is Pence + Boxberger + A. Torres a good deal for V-Mart + Betances + K. Giles? Neil Walker would move into my DH spot in such a move.
(Sara from Tacoma)
Yeah I love this deal for you. You gain V Mart, potential saves in Giles and great rate stats with a SP4 worth of strikeouts in Betances. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in the playoff race in a 20-team dynasty (5x5's with OBP, XBH & QS, HLD): I gave Byron Buxton, Jon Gray, and Alcides Escobar. I received Justin Upton, Doug Fister, and Neil Walker. Essentially the type of trade you want to make as a Buxton owner, or did I sell short?
(AJ from Phoenix)
#ibelieve (Chris Rodriguez)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in the playoff race in a 20-team dynasty (5x5's with OBP, XBH & QS, HLD): I gave Byron Buxton, Jon Gray, and Alcides Escobar. I received Justin Upton, Doug Fister, and Neil Walker. Essentially the type of trade you want to make as a Buxton owner, or did I sell short?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I...don't think I would've given Buxton for Upton, Gray for Fister. I think you came out behind on name value as I think you could've gotten more.

Upton is a good player though, I hope it works out for you. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in the playoff race in a 20-team dynasty (5x5's with OBP, XBH & QS, HLD): I gave Byron Buxton, Jon Gray, and Alcides Escobar. I received Justin Upton, Doug Fister, and Neil Walker. Essentially the type of trade you want to make as a Buxton owner, or did I sell short?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I...don't think I would've given Buxton for Upton, Gray for Fister. I think you came out behind on name value as I think you could've gotten more.

Upton is a good player though, I hope it works out for you. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Boring old non-pitching MI question, but pushing for the championship this year despite my putrid situation. Deep 20 mixed standard 5 x5 league, which three would you start for the rest of the year: Alcanatra, Boegarts, Neil Walker, Hill, or Brad Miller?
(allangustafson from Sun Diego)
The last three right now. Bogaerts struggling hard and Alcantara may be sent back (though if he's not, put him in for Hill right now). (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)In my dynasty league (10 keepers, 12 players) I'm looking for a 2B that has some upside or could break out in 2014. The list of available players is pretty bleak, with guys like Murphy, Lowrie, Kendrick, Dozier, Walker, and Guerrero heading the list. Help me!
(Jake from California)
Yeah 2B is kind of bleh right in the middle Neil Walker and Howie Kendrick aren't bad options to be honest. I kind of like Howie to continue on producing in 2014.

Murphy gets a bad rep because of a few different reasons but he can help you in fantasy. Of the guys listed I'd probably go Kendrick Murphy Walker. (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I just dropped Andrew Bailey for Yuni because Neil Walker is on the DL. I feel like I lost a piece of my soul. Where's the redemption?
(Joseph from Seattle)
Drugs. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)Who is going to have a better fantasy season. Rickie Weeks or Neil Walker. I really like how Walker has steadily improved every season and he's only 27. There's no way he hits as low as his .264 PECOTA projection right?
(lipitorkid from OC, CA)
Weeks will be the more valuable fantasy player, since he has more power and will steal more. But Walker is a good bet to take a step forward in his age-27 season, assuming his back is healthy. At his peak I think he'll hit .285 with 20 HR's and 8-10 SB's, and drive in a lot of runs thanks to his lineup spot. Not a great player, but a very good one. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)yeah it beats a 9-5 by a mile. you have one of the cooler jobs on the planet in my opinion. last question from me: i have the first pick in the 2nd rd of the dynasty lge i just joined (took taveras #1 overll). would you suggest taking eaton at 2.1 (13) if he's there or should i take a higher upside guy like d'arnaud, zunino, taijaun, arenado, etc)?? thanks again.
(phin from Milwaukee)
Thanks! I'd go for Eaton over those guys since he gives me the best chance of winning now.

I hope that theme has come through loud and clear during this chat: play to win now, no matter what league you're in, whenever possible. Sometimes that's not possible in keeper and dynasty leagues, but the point of fantasy leagues is to compete and to win, so be careful about falling into the "future value" trap too quickly. Sure, I'd love to have Jurickson Profar in 2015, but Neil Walker will probably do a lot more for you in 2013. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)I offered Starlin Castro, Ian Kennedy, Glen Perkins and Gary Brown for Adam Jones, Billy Hamilton, and Michael Pineda in 20-team dynasty. The leagues uses LF/CF/RF over OF, and has deep pitching requirements. The manager I proposed this to has McCutchen in CF, Jones is his DH. He has nobody at SS currently (my backup is Segura). He proposes back Robinson Cano, Starlin Castro, and Ian Kennedy for Adam Jones, Neil Walker, Jason Vargas, and Michael Pineda. I'm not off my game when I say this guy is one suit short of a full deck, am I?
(Louis from Glendale)
I'd trade one of my kids before I traded away Billy Hamilton in a league. For him to take Hamilton out of the deal and ask you to throw in Cano is rather entertaining. Who does he think you are, Jeff Loria? (Jason Collette)
2012-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Neil Walker, is he for real?
(redguy12588 from Pittsburgh)
I asked BP's John Perrotto a similar question a few weeks ago and he assured me that, yes, it is in fact real, citing adjustments in his approach that Walker has made this year. I wouldn't count on him being much better than this (.290/.352/.451), and it is his age-26 season, but will he be a solid second baseman for the foreseeable future? I think so. Just don't expect him to turn into the next Chase Utley. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jemile Weeks as a top 5 second baseman in 2012, agree or disagree?
(JP from Oakland)
Disagree. Cano, Pedroia, Kinsler, Weeks, Phillips, Zobrist (if we're talking fantasy), Kendrick etc. He's more like in the Neil Walker tier. (Sam Miller)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to deal with, both past or present?
(Gerald from Savannah)
Geez. That's a tough one because there are so many good guys I have dealt with in 24 years of covering baseball. I hate to leave people out but some of my favorites would have to include Sean Casey, John Burkett, Jay Bell, Craig Wilson, Jason Schmidt, Michael Barrett from the past. From the present: Jason Bay, Cole Hamels, Carlos Pena, Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips, Nyjer Morgan, Neil Walker, Joel Hanrahan, Adam Jones, Max Scherzer, Don Kelly, Chris Perez, Adam Dunn, Matt Capps, Torii Hunter, Kurt Suzuki, Ian Kinsler. (John Perrotto)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have been sitting on Utley all season and now I am getting offers for him every day. This is a 5X5 Keeper and I also have Neil Walker. Right now I am playing Justin Turner at 3rd base. What kind of return should I expect and which one should I look to move?
(Calvin from SoCal)
I like Walker over Turner for sure. If you can get first or second round value for Utley, do it. Anything else and it becomes questionable. There is definitely a chance of a reinjury, so don't automatically rule out a trade. It also depends on where you are in the standings. If you're near the top, maybe taking a lower variance player makes sense. If you're not, maybe you need a high variance guy like Utley and will require more to trade him. (Derek Carty)
2010-06-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)They shoot pirates, don't they? Anything to look forward to with the 2010 Bucs so I don't do the same?
(frank from vegas)
Well, Pedro Alvarez is up, and while he's off to just a 4-for-35 start, he should be good enough to stick in the majors once he gets his bearings. Neil Walker is taking to the majors as well, and that's worth something, too. I'm less optimistic about Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, but they're not hopeless. Andrew McCutchen is a damn fine ballplayer and Lastings Milledge is coming around. It's going to get better. Not immediately, but they're on the right track. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Neil Walker remain as a starter the rest of the year and what kind of numbers do you expect from him? Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
He'll hang on at the very least as a utility man, and I think he's good enough that with some breaks his way he can absolutely stay a starter. I'd expect about 10 home runs and not too many walks. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)John, any read on what will happen to the lineup in Pittsburgh if/when Alvarez is called up? LaRoche to 2B? to the bench? Jones to 1B? Church to the bench? Milledge gone?
(sam19041 from Pittsburgh Lineup)
I'd say they'll give LaRoche and/or Neil Walker a shot at second. (John Perrotto)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Andy LaRoche; failure, or too early to tell?
(Sweet Lou from Pittsburgh, PA)
Too early to tell. As I said yesterday in TA, Neil Walker's got his uses, LaRoche has mashed lefties, and maybe that's a 50/50 job-sharing arrangement where Walker also gets some at-bats in the outfield or over at first base. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)John - what can you tell us about the long-term prosepcts of Jarek Cunningham. Can he stick at SS defensively? He had a heck of a GCL season for an 18th round HS'er.
(Dale Berra's Stash from Pittsburgh)
He has definitely been a pleasant surprise. The jury is out on Cunningham at shortstop but I do know the Pirates will keep him at that premium position until he shows he CAN'T play shortstop unlike how the previous regime with Pirates prematurely moved Neil Walker from catcher to third base, decreasing his value greatly. (John Perrotto)
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the LaRoche brothers manning the corner IF spots and Steven Pearce likely plugged into one of the OF corners spots in Pittsburgh, what do the Pirates do now with Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker?
(JoshC77 from Columbus, OH)
With the caveat that I'm not Kevin Goldstein, I'll take a swing at this. I don't think you worry about Walker or Alvarez until they're pressing for a spot on the big league roster. Walker is hitting just .232/.266/.421 in Triple-A, Alvarez has yet to sign and begin his pro career. They're both a ways off, and you can always trade from strength to fill other organizational needs if there's a logjam. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-02-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)if you could compare pedro alvarez to any current major leaguer,who would it be
(tycobb from ga)
Alex Gordon seems like the logical answer, and it makes sense to speculate whether the two might be teammates in a few years. While scouting directors primarily draft talent over need (the smart ones anyway), itís interesting that the teams at the top of this yearís draft all have promising young third basemen: Evan Longoria, Neil Walker, and Gordon. Depending on your opinion of Billy Rowell, the team drafting 4th may have one themselves.

Just think what kind of draft the Red Sox would have had in 2005 had they been able to sign Alvarez after taking him in the 14th round. While they came away with Ellsbury, Buchholz, Hansen, Bowden, and Lowrie, not to mention a pair of unheralded kids in Mark Wagner and Reid Engel, the one thing the Red Sox donít in their talented farm system is a highly-regarded third base prospect. (David Laurila)


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