Neil Walker - ZumaPress

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 not chase out of the zone all that much, and my interest was piqued. First, a brief excerpt from Nate’s post.
Something I’m interested in looking at, though, is whether there’s any hope that Walker will start drawing walks again. Looking at his plate discipline data at FanGraphs, I think there’s reason to believe that the walks will come. According to FanGraphs, Walker swings at pitches out of the strike zone 29.1% of the time. That sounds like a lot, but the league average is 28.9%, s...

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