Neil Walker
1B/3B PHI
Sun 8/9/20 11:59 AM

Walker will start at second base and bat seventh in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

Walker will be making his third start in four games at his third different position, this time covering second base in place of a resting Scott Kingery. Though his playing time has been on the rise lately, Walker's path to a full-time role looks like it will be locked so long as all members of the Phillies' regular infield (Rhys Hoskins, Kingery, Jean Segura and Didi Gregorius) are healthy.

Neil Walker
1B/3B PHI
Sat 7/18/20 5:39 PM

Walker will be on the Phillies' Opening Day roster, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Walker is expected to fill a bench role for the Phillies, beating out Logan Forsythe, who was released Saturday. At age 34, Walker isn't the player he was at his peak, but his .261/.344/.395 slash line in a part-time role for the Marlins last season was good for a respectable 99 wRC+, which should serve him well enough as a bench bat.

Neil Walker
1B/3B PHI
Tue 6/30/20 2:49 PM

Walker will be part of the Phillies' 60-man roster.

EDGE Analysis

While Walker is a veteran utility player, he's not on the 40-man roster yet and isn't necessarily a lock to break camp. The Phillies have established players at all infield spots, and Josh Harrison and Logan Forsythe are in the mix as well for similar roles, with Phil Gosselin and Ronald Torreyes waiting in the wings. Walker did improve his OPS significantly to .738 last season, but he saw low counting stats with the Marlins, and his defense graded out poorly.

Neil Walker
1B/3B PHI
Tue 3/24/20 1:32 PM

Walker hit a passable .250/.300/.393 in 11 Grapefruit League games this spring.

EDGE Analysis

Walker has no intention of heading to Triple-A as a 34-year-old, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports, so he may be bound for retirement if he can't win a roster spot in Philadelphia. As a switch hitter who can play both infield and outfield (he started games at first, second, third and left field this spring), he should have a good chance to do that. The Phillies can afford to prioritize offense with their bench spots as they have three players capable of playing shortstop (Didi Gregorius, Jean Segura and Scott Kingery) in the expected starting lineup. Walker's switch hitting may give him the edge over fellow veterans Logan Forsythe and Josh Harrison as a pinch-hit option, but it would probably take an injury ahead of him for him to earn a fantasy-relevant role.

Neil Walker
1B/3B PHI
Wed 1/22/20 1:44 PM

Walker signed with the Phillies as a non-roster invitee Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Following eight straight seasons with a wRC+ of at least 106, the 34-year-old's performance has fallen off in the last two seasons. His .261/.344/.395 line for the Marlins last season was still good for a roughly average 99 wRC+, however, meaning he should still be a capable bench player. Whether the Phillies want to carry a bench bat that didn't start anywhere other than the corner infield spots last year remains to be seen.

Neil Walker
1B/3B PHI
Fri 9/27/19 2:56 PM

Walker is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

The 34-year-old will head to the bench for the second consecutive game as Austin Dean receives another start at first base. Walker has a .789 OPS over 17 games in September.

Neil Walker
1B/3B PHI
Thu 9/26/19 2:55 PM

Walker is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

Walker is hitting .267 with a .789 OPS through 17 games this month. Austin Dean is starting at first base and hitting fifth in his place Thursday.

Neil Walker
1B/3B PHI
Mon 9/23/19 4:12 PM

Walker is not in the lineup Monday against the Mets, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Walker will stick on the bench for a second straight game as Austin Dean picks up another start at first base in his stead. The veteran infielder, who is hitting .257 with a .718 OPS through 110 games this season, could continue to see his playing time dwindle over the final week of the season as the Marlins look to give other players looks.

Neil Walker
1B/3B PHI
Sun 9/22/19 11:20 AM

Walker is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

EDGE Analysis

Walker started the last three games at first base, but he will be held out Sunday in favor of Austin Dean, who will make his first start at first base this season.

Neil Walker
1B/3B PHI
Tue 9/17/19 5:59 PM

Walker isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Walker will head to the bench for a second straight day with another southpaw slated to toe the rubber for Arizona. Martin Prado draws the start at first base and will bat fifth.