Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 week ago

Walker will move to third in the order Thursday with Andrew McCutchen getting the day off, Root Sports in Pittsburgh reports.

Walker went 1-for-3 with a walk Wednesday, but has only three hits in 16 career at-bats against starter, Aaron Harang. The second baseman takes a seven-game hitting streak into Thursday's tilt.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 weeks ago

Walker is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

Walker has started 28 of the first 30 games at second base for the Pirates, but will give way to Josh Harrison Sunday afternoon, with Jung Ho Kang taking over at the hot corner. The switch-hitting Walker has just a .301 OPS against left-handed pitching in 2015, so the move makes sense with lefty Tyler Lyons on the hill for the Cardinals.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 weeks ago

Walker went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the 7-5 win over the Cardinals Saturday.

Walker was recently moved to the two-hole and he responded Saturday by going deep for the second time this season. Walker had his best year of his career last season, and he's off to a solid start so far this season with a .287 average.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 3 weeks ago

Walker is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle will shuffle his infield a little bit on getaway day, as Walker sits while Josh Harrison moves from third base to second, allowing Jung-Ho Kang to come off the bench and make a start at third. Walker is batting a respectable .270 this season, but after leading all MLB second basemen with 23 round-trippers in 2014, his one homer over 97 plate appearances registers as a disappointment for his fantasy owners.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 4 weeks ago

Walker extended his hitting streak to nine games Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

The second baseman has already hit eight doubles -- including four in the last three games -- but remains stuck on one home run. Walker has raised his batting average to an even .300 (21-for-70) after getting off to a slow start.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 4 weeks ago

Walker went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the Pirates' win over the D-backs on Friday night.

As the Bucs' clean-up hitter, Walker should continue to have plenty of RBI chances. He's taken a small step back to begin the season (.258/.288/.387), but there's been no indication that his role in the lineup is in jeopardy.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 month ago

Walker is out of the lineup Friday.

Sean Rodriguez will get the start at second base as Walker gets a rare day off. Walker has eight hits and seven strikeouts in nine games this season and a home run last week is the lone extra-base hit in his last five games.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 1 month ago

Walker went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a stolen base Friday in Milwaukee.

Enjoy the stolen base as it was just Walker's fourth since 2012. The switch-hitter will face righthander Jimmy Nelson for the first time Saturday. Nelson has struggled at Miller Park with a 5.47 career earned-run average as opposed to a 2.70 ERA on the road. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle may rest Walker on Sunday in an effort to keep his starters fresh -- something to keep an eye on.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 months ago

Walker is batting .366 (15-for-41) with two homers, 10 RBI and 1.092 OPS this spring.

He figures to once again bat in the middle of the order against right-handed pitching, increasing his chances for RBI. Walker's main concern is his chronic back issues and he's avoided all such problems thus far. The second baseman has compiled the fifth-most at-bats of any Pirates player in the Grapefruit League.

Neil Walker 2B PIT 2 months ago

Walker socked a three-run homer Tuesday, giving him seven hits -- including five doubles and a home run -- in 17 at-bats.

The Pirates second baseman figures to be extra motivated in 2015, given that he's playing for a long-term deal. He'll also look to keep newly-acquired Jung-Ho Kang from stealing his at-bats. Walker hit a career-high 23 homers last season.