All posts tagged "Neil Walker"

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    Dejan Kovacevic discusses his ROY ballot

    As you probably know, Pirates beat writer Dejan Kovacevic has been taking some heat this week for his Rookie of the Year selections. Dejan left Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward off his ballot, voting for Buster Posey, Neil Walker and Jose Tabata instead.

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    Neil Walker and Jose Tabata Over Jason Heyward?

    Should Walker be rated ahead of Jason Heyward in the 2010 Rookie of the Year voting? Buster Posey was named the National League Rookie of the Year today, although a lot of the rookie talk focused on the ballot of Dejan Kovacevic.  Kovacevic had Posey ranked first on his ballot, but finished...

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    2010 Position Recap: Second Base

    Walker surprised everyone to emerge as the second baseman of the future in 2010. The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Freddy Sanchez to the San Francisco Giants at the 2009 trade deadline, leaving a big hole at second base with no internal options at the top two levels.  To fill that hole, the Pirates...

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    Alvarez, Lincoln, Tabata are Top IL Prospects

    Alvarez was the #8 prospect in the International League this year. Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2010 International League (scouting reports for subscribers here).  Pedro Alvarez, Brad Lincoln, and Jose Tabata made the list for the Pirates.  Alvarez came in at number eight, Lincoln came in 15th, and...

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    Walker's late-season improvements

    As I predicted in July, Neil Walker's high BABIP eventually fell back to earth. However, a dramatically improved walk rate helped keep him afloat once the hits stopped falling in for him. This bodes well for Walker's future.

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    Is Walker a Rookie of the Year candidate?

    By continuing to hit baseballs very hard, Neil Walker has made a case for some Rookie of the Year consideration. When FanHouse baseball writer Ed Price posted some interesting rookie stats on his Twitter feed this afternoon, I thought it might be a good idea to...

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    Why Don’t We Trust Neil Walker?

    Dejan Kovacevic had a few interesting questions today in his morning links.  Wilbur tackled the question of who should be added and removed from the 40-man roster.  I wanted to take a look at the following: Does it not seem that Neil Walker's performance is seen as fluky, while Jose Tabata's is not? If you think...

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    Revisiting Neil Walker’s plate discipline

    Last night, Nate Rose of Stealing First Base took my recent article regarding Neil Walker and began digging deeper. He went to FanGraphs and took a look at Walker’s plate discipline numbers, wondering whether we should expect his walk rate to improve. Nate noted that Walker does...

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    Neil Walker, a poor walk rate and an inflated BABIP

    Neil Walker is having an encouraging 2010 season. He got off to a hot start in Triple-A, hitting .321/.392/.560 in 189 plate appearances. On May 25th, he was promoted to Pittsburgh and soon became the everyday second baseman. The 24-year-old has continued to hit at the major...

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    Walker out at least two games with concussion

    Neil Walker will miss at least two games with a concussion he sustained last night in a collision with Ryan Church.

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