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Walker Next In Line?

Walker Next In Line?

With word that Neal Huntington is hard at work on his checklist by signing Andrew McCutchen to his long term deal, attention should turn to the next most logical extension candidate on the team -- Neil Walker.

Walker's journey through the Pirates' system has been well-documented.  Much e-ink has been spilled over the fact that he's a "Pittsburgh Kid".  Originally the riskiest classification of all draft picks (a high school catcher), Walker was soon moved off the position to 3B.  Ironically, it was Littlefield's belief in the staying power of Ronny Paulino that led to this move.  Some of it also had to do with the wear and tear that Walker was incurring each year at the position, as well.  He just did not have the stamina to last a whole season back there, as evidenced by his late season disappearances at the plate while in the minors.  His defense was probably not major-league caliber, either, thanks to problems blocking the plate.

Due to his great degree of athleticism, Walker made...

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