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Why Don’t We Trust Neil Walker?

Why Don’t We Trust Neil Walker?

Dejan Kovacevic had a few interesting questions today in his morning links.  Wilbur tackled the question of who should be added and removed from the 40-man roster.  I wanted to take a look at the following:
Does it not seem that Neil Walker's performance is seen as fluky, while Jose Tabata's is not? If you think it is seen that way, why might that be?
I don't think it seems that Neil Walker's performance is seen as fluky.  I think Neil Walker's performance is seen as fluky.  I also think that Jose Tabata's performance is seen as legit.  The answer for why many people seem, scratch that, do feel this way is simple: expectations.

Coming in to the season we had very different expectations for each player.  Tabata was a top prospect in the system, arguably the #2-3 guy behind Pedro Alvarez.  He was coming off a strong year between AA and AAA, an even stronger time in the Arizona Fall League, and was seen as part of the future.  Meanwhile, Neil Walker's career seemed to be on the decli...

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