Neil Walker and his Pittsburgh Pirates started last week against the San Diego Padres. After losing the first three games of the series, Walker showed how big of a factor he is for his team by having a tremendous fourth game. Walker went four for five with one home run and three RBI. The Pirates got the win (10-1) in a must have situation for the National League Wild Card Race. Walker’s last game of the week came against the Cincinnati Reds. Although he only had two at bats, he made both count by going two for two while hitting one double and blasting one home run. Walker also performed extremely well at second base throughout last week including an impressive play to prevent a base hit by the Padres in the fourth game of their series.
Walker’s performance last week produced $2.9M in value to his team. Given his weekly salary is $142K, he ultimately provided the Pirates with $2.76M in XVAL (excess value). Therefore, even with his significant salary of $3.3M, Walker has still produced well over $7M in XVAL to the Pirates this season.
Here is our tribute to Neil Walker for his impressive performance last week and how it compares to both traditional and advanced MLB stats this season.