Neil Walker was above average offensively at second base, with below average defense. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The most notable thing about Neil Walker's season might end up being the fact that he went 0-for-19 in the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. That was a poor finish to a decent season for Walker as the starting second baseman. This is the third full season that Walker has been the starter at second, and he has emerged as an average to slightly above average option. The hometown player put up a 2.7 WAR, which tied with two other players for ninth out of 17 qualified MLB second basemen.
Walker learned the second base position in 2010, making the switch from third out of necessity at the major league level. He has been improving defensively, although he didn't see a big improvement this year. From 2011 to 2012 his UZR/150 went from -4.4 to -1.4. This year it only improved to -0.8, which ranks 12th out of 19 qualified second basemen.
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