Latest Update Neil Walker enjoys three-hit night Sun Aug, 24, 07:31 AM
Has good size, some home-run power and run-producing acumen as a switch-hitter. Also runs fairly well for a big guy. Has settled in nicely at second base.
Flaws: : While steady, he's an unspectacular defender and somewhat injury-prone. Doesn't take advantage of his athleticism when running the bases.
Back injury? We don't need no stinkin' back injury. For those concerned with Walker's back flare-up, your worries can be cast aside. Sure, there's always the possibility of it happening again, but for now, he's feeling great and is now 5-for-9 with four RBI and a pair of runs scored over his last two games. He's looking like a rock-solid option moving forward.Analyst: Howard Bender
The back issues understandably make you nervous but the Pirates need to make a big push if they want back into this playoff picture. Walker still has good power upside and he'll be in the lineup every chance he gets. Have a decent contingency plan on your bench, but when he's healthy, the production is solid.Analyst: Howard Bender
Walker is coming off a back issue, so having played in five-straight games, he's going to get the day off to get some well-deserved rest. Jayson Nix will handle the work at the keystone for Wednesday's action.Analyst: Howard Bender
Walker recorded his first two-hit game since returning to the starting lineup on Friday and has shown no ill effects that will cause him to miss any more time down the stretch. He is now slashing .279/.348/.462 with 17 home runs and 51 RBI through 377 at-bats as he remains one of the top second base options in 2014. Analyst: Matthew Beck