Walker to replace Iwamura at second base

According to John Russell, Neil Walker will receive the majority of playing time at second base moving forward. This pushes Aki Iwamura to the bench. With Iwamura out of the lineup, Andrew McCutchen has moved back to the leadoff spot.

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The Lack of a Leadoff Hitter is a Created Problem

The Post-Gazette notebook today has a question as to why Aki Iwamura, current owner of a .169 average and a .275 OBP, is still leading off.  John Russell responded with this quote: “If he’s going to get out of this, you’d like to get him up there as much as you can,” Russell said. “We have put different guys in the leadoff spot, and Andrew McCutchen can do it, but he’s doing well in the No. 3...

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The Upcoming Roster Crunch

The Pirates have some interesting decisions to make in the next few weeks.  It’s very likely that Neil Walker, Brad Lincoln, Jose Tabata, and Pedro Alvarez could be called up in the next month, and if all four get the call, the current 25-man roster could see some major changes. It’s not a guarantee that all four players will get the call, but for now let’s assume all four players will be up by this time next...

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When will we see Neil Walker in Pittsburgh?

I can’t say I’ve really been a Neil Walker fan these past few years.  Just like with Jeff Clement, I don’t like the idea of taking a top catching prospect and converting him to a corner infield position.  It’s not a matter of defense.  Walker has been fine by most accounts at third base, and Clement hasn’t seemed to have a major problem moving to first base.  It’s all about the...

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Time to replace Iwamura with Walker

Aki IwamuraThe Akinori Iwamura acquisition made sense at the time, but things have changed. Even if we factor in expected positive regression, Iwamura is likely to provide slightly below average production for the season. At 31-years-old and on a one-year contract, that’s just not very valuable. It is time to replace Iwamura with the rejuvenated Neil Walker.

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