The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't have many positions on the field that were held down by just one person throughout the 2011 season. Second base was one of those rare positions. Neil Walker played 159 games at the position, starting 155 of those games. No other player on the roster started more games, and Walker was one of three players on the team that started over 100 games (with the other two being Andrew McCutchen and Ronny Cedeno).
The 2011 season marked Walker's first full year in the majors. He hit for a .296/.349/.462 line in 426 at-bats in 2010, which for a second baseman is a great stat line, putting him among the best offensive second baseman in the game. Inconsistent play in 2011 prevented him from repeating those same numbers.
Walker got off to a hot start, with a .301 average and an .815 OPS in the month of April. His OPS was as high as .827 by May 20th, but then he hit a slump. Walker hit for a .196/.263/.268 ...
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