So Things Change in Baseball…Fast

On June 17, I wrote this about Neil Walker.  My main point was that I was worried that Walker would never regain his power stroke and therefore never progress beyond being a solid second-baseman. In the last thirty days (which includes 5 or so games played before I released my piece) he has hit .318/.405/.505. When I wrote my piece, Walker’s season line was .275/.329/.367. Now it is .291/.357/.417.

This does not mean that Walker’s current level of performance represents his true talent level. It does suggest, however, that he will have stretches where he will hit for power.  That makes him a much more valuable player than I thought he was in the middle of June.


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