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First Pitch: Changing My View on Neil Walker

First Pitch: Changing My View on Neil Walker

Over the weekend I was talking with John Dreker, who brought up an interesting question. He asked me whether the 2012 season for Neil Walker would be considered "lucky", or if the 2013 season would be considered "unlucky". To answer the question, I started digging into the numbers between the two seasons. By the end of the analysis, I had a higher opinion of Neil Walker's skills than before the question.
My Original Opinion on Walker
I've felt that Walker is a decent player, but that his overall production amounts to a league average second baseman. He puts up above average offense at the position, and below average defense. He also has dealt with injury problems throughout his career, and struggles against left-handers. Walker tends to be rated higher than he should due to the Pittsburgh connection. He's the hometown kid, he gets interviewed after every game even if he didn't play a part in the game, and the result is that the spotlight on him in Pittsburgh is bigger than it should ...

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