Walker was a big surprise in Indianapolis to start the season.
The 2010 Indianapolis Indians had a few top prospects, but no where near the wave of talent needed to immediately turn the Pittsburgh Pirates around. The first wave of prospects reached the majors this year, as Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, Neil Walker, and Brad Lincoln all arrived around June. Lincoln was the only player who didn't have an immediate impact, and was demoted back to AAA.
After those four graduated, the Indians were left with nothing but bench and bullpen prospects. Two of the top pitching options, Donald Veal and Kevin Hart, went down with injuries, missing the remainder of the season, and potentially part of next season. The Indians also saw the demotion of several failed 2010 Pirates, such as Akinori I...
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