Neil Walker

Neil Walker #20

  • 2B
  • B/T: S/R
  • 6' 3"/210
  • Age: 31

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Neil Walker Postseason Career Stats

AVG HR RBI SB OPS
.065 0 1 0 .218

Neil Walker Stats

AVG HR RBI SB OPS
.282 23 55 3 .823

Neil Walker MLB Career Stats

AVG HR RBI SB OPS
.273 116 473 29 .775

Neil Walker Bio

  • Full Name: Neil Martin Walker
  • Born: 9/10/1985 in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Draft: 2004, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1st rd. (11th overall)
  • High School: Pine-Richland, Gibsonia, PA
  • Debut: 9/1/2009
  • Relationship(s): son of Tom Walker, brother of Matthew Walker, brother-in-law of Don Kelly
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Year AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP OPS
Postseason Career Stats 31 1 2 0 1 0 .065 .121 .218
2016 Stats 412 57 116 23 55 3 .282 .347 .823
MLB Career Stats 3475 462 949 116 473 29 .273 .339 .775
  • Status: Active

Neil Walker Statcast Averages

Year Team LG PA HIP Avg Exit Velocity (mph) Avg Distance (feet) Avg Gen Velocity (mph) Avg Launch Angle (deg) Avg Height (feet)
2016 Mets NL 458 301 89.86 237.16 2.26 15.51 45.38
MLB Avg - - - - 89.57 218.07 1.45 9.97 --
Year Team LG PA HIP Avg Exit Velocity (mph) Avg Distance (feet) Avg Gen Velocity (mph) Avg Launch Angle (deg) Avg Height (feet)
2016 Mets NL 458 301 89.86 237.16 2.26 15.51 45.38
MLB Avg - - - - 89.57 218.07 1.45 9.97 --

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November 14, 2016 at 5:26 PM ET

Walker accepts qualifying offer

Second baseman Neil Walker became the fifth player ever to accept a qualifying offer on Wednesday, returning to the Mets on a one-year, $17.2-million deal, according to the New York Post.

November 7, 2016 at 6:07 PM ET

Mets extend qualifying offers to Walker, Cespedes

With as much uncertainty surrounding second base as any other position, the Mets on Monday extended Neil Walker a qualifying offer.

Awards

Neil Walker Awards

NL Silver Slugger

Year Team League
2014 Pittsburgh NL

MLBPAA Pirates Heart and Hustle Award

Year Team League
2011 Pittsburgh NL

Futures Game Selection

Year Team League
2006 Lynchburg CAR

AFL Rising Stars

Year Team League
2006 Grand Canyon AFL

Baseball America Low Class A All-Star

Year Team League
2005 Hickory SAL

EAS Mid-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2007 Altoona EAS

CAR Player of the Week

Week Team League
07/30/2006 Lynchburg CAR

SAL Mid-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2005 Hickory SAL

SAL Post-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2005 Hickory SAL

Neil Walker Leaderboards

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2014 23 14th in NL

Runs Batted In

Season RBI Rank
2011 83 22nd in NL
2014 76 23rd in NL

On-base Plus Slugging

Season OPS Rank
2014 .809 20th in NL

Slugging Percentage

Season SLG Rank
2014 .467 14th in NL

Runs Scored

Season R Rank
2014 74 24th in NL

Hits

Season H Rank
2011 163 14th in NL

Doubles

Season 2B Rank
2011 36 9th in NL
2015 32 22nd in NL

Triples

Season 3B Rank
2013 4 24th in NL

Games Played

Season G Rank
2011 159 5th in NL

At Bats

Season AB Rank
2011 596 9th in NL

Plate Appearances

Season PA Rank
2011 662 13th in NL

Caught Stealing

Season CS Rank
2011 6 25th in NL

Hit by Pitch

Season HBP Rank
2013 15 3rd in NL
2014 11 14th in NL
2015 8 15th in NL

Neil Walker Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
November 3, 2016 New York Mets activated 2B Neil Walker from the 60-day disabled list.
August 26, 2016 New York Mets placed 2B Neil Walker on the 60-day disabled list.
August 23, 2016 New York Mets placed 2B Neil Walker on the paternity list.
December 9, 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates traded 2B Neil Walker to New York Mets for LHP Jonathon Niese.
June 24, 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates activated 2B Neil Walker from the 15-day disabled list.
June 22, 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates sent 2B Neil Walker on a rehab assignment to Bradenton Marauders.
June 9, 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates placed 2B Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list. appendectomy
July 23, 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates activated 2B Neil Walker from the 15-day disabled list.
July 19, 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates sent 2B Neil Walker on a rehab assignment to Indianapolis Indians.
July 9, 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates placed 2B Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 7, 2013. Right side soreness.
May 13, 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates activated 2B Neil Walker from the 15-day disabled list.
May 9, 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates sent 2B Neil Walker on a rehab assignment to Altoona Curve.
May 3, 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates placed 2B Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 27, 2013. Right hand laceration.
May 25, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates recalled Neil Walker from Indianapolis Indians.
March 23, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates optioned Neil Walker to Indianapolis Indians.
September 1, 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates recalled Neil Walker from Indianapolis Indians.
July 16, 2009 Neil Walker roster status changed by Indianapolis Indians.
July 7, 2009 sent 3B Neil Walker on a rehab assignment to GCL Pirates.
June 10, 2009 Indianapolis Indians placed 3B Neil Walker on the 7-day disabled list.

Neil Martin Walker Bio Info

Neil Martin Walker graduated from Pine-Richland (PA) High School in 2004...Batted .657 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI as a senior while helping the Rams win the WPIAL title...Was selected to USA Today's 10-player All-America team as a senior...As a senior on the football team, Walker caught 68 passes while intercepting six passes... Scored 21 touchdowns during his entire high school career... Also made the Associated Press' first-team All-State team in football as a senior...His father, Tom, was a pitcher in the major leagues with Montreal, Detroit, St. Louis and the California Angels from 1972-77...Had a career record of 18-23 with 11 saves and a 3.87 ERA in 191 games (17 starts)...Wears No. 20 in honor of his father...Was unable to wear the number in Pittsburgh because it was previously retired....His older brother, Matt, played in the Detroit organization after being drafted in the 37th round of the 2000 draft....His older sister, Carrie, played basketball with Killarney of the Women's Irish Super League after graduating from Wagner College in Staten Island, where she was a 1,000-point scorer...Her husband is Don Kelly, who played for Detroit from 2009-2014 and briefly with Miami in 2015...Attended the 2015 Mets Holiday Party for local school children.

2015

Led all NL second basemen in extra-base hits (50), home runs (16) and slugging percentage (.428)... Had two putouts and one assist as part of a 4-5-4 triple play on May 9 vs. St. Louis...The 4-5-4 triple play is believed to be the first in major league history....Had a hit from both sides of the plate in the same inning (first inning) on August 13 at St. Louis....Set a career-high with six RBI on September 23 at Colorado while going 4-for-5.

POSTSEASON

Started at second base in Pittsburgh's NL Wild Card Game match-up with Chicago.

2014

Was named to the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger team, the first Pittsburgh second baseman to win the award since Johnny Ray in 1983...Established club record for most home runs (23) in a season by a middle infielder; previous high of 19 was held by Hall-of-Fame second baseman Bill Mazeroski in 1958 and Hall-of-Fame shortstop Arky Vaughan in 1935...Extended his club record to five straight seasons with at least 10 home runs while playing second base...Ranked first among National League second basemen in home runs, slugging percentage (.469) and OPS (.811); ranked second in RBI (76) behind Chase Utley (77)...Produced a .280 average and two home runs while batting right handed and a .269 average and 21 homers batting left handed; the first time in his big league career he batted higher against LHP...Made 135 appearances (132 starts) at second base and ranked second in the N.L. with a .992 fielding percentage behind Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips (.996)...Made his fourth straight Opening Day start at second base; the longest streak by a Bucco player since Carlos Garcia from 1993-1996...Hit a walkoff home run on Opening Day to beat the Cubs, 1-0, in 10 innings- it was his first career walkoff hit of any kind in the Majors...Recorded his second career two-homer game on 4/14 at Cincinnati...Teamed up with Gaby Sanchez to hit back-to-back home runs twice in the game on 4/14 - just the second set of Pittsburgh teammates to do so (also Toby Atwell and Jerry Lynch on 4/27/54 vs. Cincinnati)...Connected off LHP Manny Parra for his fifth career home run batting right-handed on 4/15 at Cincinnati...Was tied for the National League lead in home runs after hitting his sixth on 4/20...Reached base safely in all five plate appearances on 5/1 at Baltimore (game two) and in seven straight PA's from 5/1-2...Went 3-for-4 with three runs scored while batting second on 5/2 vs. Toronto...Hit game-winning three-run homer in seventh inning of Pittsburgh's 6-4 win vs. St. Louis on 5/9; also had seasonhigh four RBI...Hit safely in 11 straight games from 5/20-30 (16-for-45; .356)...Tied for fifth among N.L. batters with 35 hits during the month of May; hit .313 with four home runs and 17 RBI during the month...Had three hits and three RBI on 6/2 at San Diego and hit a two-run homer the following night...Started each of the first 58 games thru 6/3 - the longest streak of consecutive starts at the beginning of a season since Jason Bay in 2007 (79)...Had an emergency appendectomy on 6/9 and was placed on the 15-day disabled list...Played one rehab game with High-A Bradenton on 6/22...Faced Gerrit Cole in a simulated game in Tampa on 6/23...Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from D.L. on 6/24...His 13 home run at the All-Star break established a team record for a second baseman; Phil Garner hit previous record 12 in 1977...Reached base safely in 22 consecutive games from 6/27 thru 7/25...Missed back-to-back games on 8/2-3 due to low back tightness...Made start on 8/5 vs. Miami, but missed eight of the next nine games before returning to starting lineup on 8/15...Bounced a home run into the Allegheny River for the first time in his career with his 432' blast off Atlanta's Ervin Santana on 8/18...Homered while batting right handed off Chicago's Travis Wood on 9/7 at Wrigley Field (his sixth career homer off a lefty and his second of the season)...Hit his 20th home run on 9/14 vs. Chicago, setting the club record for most home runs hit in one season by a second baseman...Also became the second switch hitter in team history to hit at least 20 home runs in a season (also Bobby Bonilla in 1988, 1989 and 1990)...Went hitless in four at bats against LHP Madison Bumgarner in the Wild Card Game vs. San Francisco on 10/1.

2013

2013 SEASON: Had a career-high 16 home runs, the most by a Pittsburgh second baseman since Bill Mazeroski hit 16 in 1966...Became the first second baseman in club history to hit at least 10 home runs in four straight seasons...Ranked fifth among National League second basemen in home runs...Hit all 16 of his homer while batting left-handed...Hit .295 in 67 games at PNC Park, which included a .355 (33-for-93) clip in his last 26 home games starting on 7/31...Was Pittsburgh's Opening Day starter at second base for the third straight season...Snapped an 0-for-21 streak with a two-run single in Arizona on 4/9...Hit safely in 11 of his 12 games from 4/9-23 (17-for-48, .354), raising average from .083 to .264...Hit first home run on 4/15 vs. St. Louis...His triple on 4/19 vs. Atlanta was his first since 8/23/11...Left game on 4/26 at St. Louis with a right hand laceration (received six stitches)...Was placed on the 15-day D.L. on 5/3 (retro to 4/27)...Spent four games on rehab with Double-A Altoona from 5/9-12 and went 5-for-12 with a double and an RBI...Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from D.L. on 5/13...Accounted for the only run in a 1-0 win at Detroit on 5/28 - hit a solo home run off Jose Ortega in the 11th inning...Homered in back-to-back games on 5/28-29...Went 1-for-17 in a five-game stretch from 6/17-21...Went 6-for-12 in his next four games thru 6/26...Homered off Felix Hernandez in Seattle on 6/26...Left the game on 7/6 at Wrigley Field with right side soreness and was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 7/9 (retro to 7/7)...Went 2-for-9 with a double during a three-game rehab stint with Triple-A Indianapolis between 7/19-21...Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from D.L. on 7/23....Appeared in 500th career game on 8/4 vs. Colorado...Had season-high nine-game hitting steak (15-for-37, .405) from 8/4-14...Hit .305 (32-for-105) in 27 games during the month of August...Made start from leadoff spot in the lineup for the first time in his career on 9/1 vs. St. Louis and went 1-for-4...Went hitless in three at bats while making his second start from leadoff spot in the lineup on 9/8 at St. Louis...Homered four times in a five-game stretch from 9/19-23 and hit seven home runs in his final nine games...Had first career two-homer game in his final regular season game on 9/28 at Cincinnati...Committed just one error (9/4) in his last 71 games (341 chances)...Was named the Chuck Tanner Award winner by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America; an award created in 2006 that is given to the player who is most cooperative with the media (also won the award in 2011).

2013 POSTSEASON: Went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in the Wild Card Game vs. Cincinnati on 10/1...Went hitless (two walks) in 19 at bats during the Division Series against St. Louis.

2012 Spent second full season in the Majors with Pittsburgh...Set career high with 14 home runs - the most by a Pittsburgh second baseman since Warren Morris hit 15 in 1999... Hit all of his home runs while batting left-handed...Ranked third among N.L. second basemen with a .428 slugging percentage, fourth in RBI and fifth in home runs...Made 125 appearances (124 starts) at second base...Missed 27 of the final 35 games due to lower back problems... Was Pittsburgh's Opening Day starter at second base for the second straight season...Went 1-for-21 in his first seven games before hitting safely in five straight games (9-for-20) to raise his average to .244 on 4/18...Hit safely in 13 of his 15 games (21-for-54, .389) from 4/14 thru 5/1 to lift season average to .293...Connected off Cincinnati's Mike Leake on 5/5 at PNC Park for first home run...Batted .347 (59-for-170) over a 44-game stretch from 5/26 thru 7/17, raising average from .253 to a season-high .302...Hit safely in 17 straight games from 6/27 thru 7/17, going 32-for-66 (.485) with 14 RBI, 20 runs scored and 10 multi-hit games...Produced second career five-hit game on 7/8 vs. San Francisco, going 5-for-5 with a home run...Connected off Casey Coleman for second career grand slam and tied career high with five RBI on 7/31 at Chicago...Tied for fourth in the National League in hits (34), runs (20) and RBI (21) while batting .358 in 26 games during the month of July...Had second five-RBI game of the season (third career) on 8/8 vs. Arizona...Went 5-for-5 with a home run on 8/12 vs. San Diego to become just the third player in team history to have two games in his career in which he went 5-for-5 with a home run (also Hall-of-Famers Willie Stargell and Arky Vaughan)...Suffered a dislocated right pinky finger on 8/15 vs. Los Angeles...Saw hand specialist Dr. Tom Hughes on 8/16 and missed three games...Grounded into a double play as a pinch hitter during 19-inning game on 8/19 at St. Louis...Returned to starting lineup on 8/20 at San Diego and went 1-for-3 with an RBI...Hit .180 (11-for-61) with two RBI in 18 games after going 5-for-5 on 8/12 and .192 (10-for-52) in 15 games after returning from dislocated pinky injury...Did not start 16 straight games from 8/27 thru 9/14 due to low back problems (Pirates went 4-12)...Finished season hitting safely in five straight games (7-for-20, .350), going 2-for-3 in his last game on 9/24 at New York...Hit .306 (34-for-111) with runners in scoring position and .309 (58-for-188) with runners on base. 2011 Spent his first full season in the Majors with Pittsburgh...Led all National League second basemen with 83 RBI - the most by a Bucco second baseman since Tony Piet had 85 in 1932 (only Robinson Cano- 114 and Dustin Pedroia - 91 had more among all Major League second basemen)...Led Pirates in games played, at bats, hits and doubles...Led N.L. second basemen with a .992 fielding pct. and ended the season with a 56-game errorless streak - the longest such streak in one season by a Bucco second baseman since Freddy Sanchez went 82 straight errorless games to end the 2008 season... Also led N.L. second basemen in double plays (108) and putouts (333)...Ranked second with 781 total chances behind Washington's Danny Espinosa (783)...Hit first career grand slam on Opening Day at Chicago (off Ryan Dempster) - just the second Pittsburgh player to hit a grand slam in the season opener; also Roberto Clemente on 4/10/62 vs. Philadelphia... Hit safely in seven of his first eight games (.389) thru 4/8...Appeared in the cleanup spot for the first of a team-high 66 times on 4/16 and hit a two-run homer...Snapped an 0-for-13 streak with a three-hit game on 4/24 vs. Washington...Hit lone home run batting right-handed off Houston's Wandy Rodriguez at PNC Park on 5/6...Started each of the first 36 games before missing his first game on 5/11 vs. Los Angeles with flu-like symptoms...Homered and knocked in career-high five runs on 5/20 vs. Detroit...Went hitless in his next 18 at bats before hitting safely in seven straight games thru 6/2...Led Pirates with 19 RBI in May...Hit .213 (20-for-94) in 26 games during the month of June, dropping his season average from .265 to .248...Appeared in 42 straight games before missing second game on 6/30 at Toronto...Hit safely in a team-high 13 straight games from 7/2-19, going 24-for-53 (.453) and raising average from .246 to .277...Had season-high four hits on 7/16 at Houston...Batted .366 (37-for-101) in 26 games during the month of July, ranking second among N.L. hitters in average and fifth in hits...Snapped an 0-for-22 streak with a two-hit game on 8/15 vs. St. Louis...Hit final home run on 9/4 at Chicago...Appeared in 71 straight games before missing his third and final contest on 9/17 at Los Angeles...Led all Major League players with 13 doubles in September...Made 159 appearances (155 starts) at second base and committed just six errors (four throwing and two fielding)...Made last error on 7/30 at Philadelphia...Hit .310 (81-for-261) with runners on base and went 6-for-8 with 15 RBI with the bases loaded...Produced a .314 average (37-for-118) in 33 games while batting fifth in the lineup...Was named the Chuck Tanner Award winner by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America; an award created in 2006 that is given to the player who is most cooperative with the media. 2010 Began season with Indianapolis (AAA), where he made 21 appearances at second base, 14 in left field, six at first base and one at third base (4/18)...Went 4-for-4 with three RBI on 4/28 at Pawtucket...Hit safely in nine straight games from 5/6-14 (15- for-40, .375) and tallied his second four-hit game on 5/13 vs. Rochester...Was successful in each of his first 10 stolen base attempts with Indianapolis before being caught for the only time on 5/16 at Toledo...Ranked second in slugging percentage (.595) and third in OPS (.982) for the month of May among all International League hitters...Was ranked first in the International League in doubles, second in extra base hits (26) and total bases (94), third in hits (54), fourth in slugging percentage (.560) and sixth in batting average at the time of his recall to Pittsburgh on 5/25...Went 3-for-8 in first two starts at third base after recall and talled first Major League RBI in first game with Pirates on 5/25 at Cincinnati...Made first big league start/appearance at second base on 5/27 at Cincinnati...Connected off Chicago's Ted Lilly for first Major League home run on 6/1; a game-winning, two-run shot that gave the Bucs a 3-2 lead in the 8th inning...Tallied first big league triple on 6/5 vs. San Francisco...Left game on 6/25 in Oakland after colliding with right fielder Ryan Church on a popup down the right field line and missed next seven games due to concussion-like symptoms...Had six straight multi-hit games from 7/17-22, going 16-for-27 (.593) and raising average 51 points from .269 to .320...Had career-high five hits on 7/20 vs. Milwaukee and six straight hits 7/20-21...Tallied career-high four RBI on 8/3 and again on 8/31 at Chicago (NL)...Received only pinch-hitting at bat and grounded out on 8/18 vs. Florida...Homered in back-to-back games on 8/28-29 and went deep four times in a five-game span from 8/28 thru 9/1...Had a club season-high 18-game hitting streak from 8/23 thru 9/12 (28-for-77, .364); the longest streak by a Pittsburgh rookie since Rennie Stennett's 18-game streak in 1971...Went hitless in his next four games and 15 at bats until homering in first at bat on 9/17 vs. Arizona...Hit safely in 12 of his 14 games from 9/17 thru 10/1...Went hitless in his last two game (six at bats) to drop season average from .300 to .296...His 54 RBI after the All-Star break were tied with Albert Pujols for third among all National League players, trailing only Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki (61) and Carlos Gonzalez (57)...Ranked second behind Atlanta's Martin Prado (.310) with a .298 batting average as a second baseman...Made a total of 105 appearances (104 starts) at second base and six appearances (five starts) at third base with Pittsburgh...Made seven errors (all fielding) while playing second base and one throwing error while playing third base...Ranked fifth among N.L. rookies in RBI, sixth in hits, sixth in total bases (197), fifth in slugging percentage (.462) and seventh in on-base percentage (.349)...Also tied for fourth in extrabase hits (44) and doubles...Was named the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award winner by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America; an award presented annually since 1973 to the team MVP...Received one second-place vote in the N.L. Rookie-ofthe- Year voting and finished tied for fifth overall. 2009 Spent majority of season with Triple-A Indianapolis...Led team in doubles, home runs and RBI...Made all 89 defensive appearances at third base...Also went 1-for-8 in three games as the designated hitter...His 34 RBI from 7/30 thru 8/31 tied him with Ryan Howard for the most in Professional Baseball in that time frame...Hit safely in first five games, hitting first home run in second game on 4/10 vs. Toledo...Saw batting average bottom out at .182 on 5/7 after going 8-for-54 (.148) in 15 games from 4/22 thru 5/7...Had back-to-back three-hit games on 5/8-9, raising average 38 points to .220...Hit .313 (25-for-80) in final 23 games during the month of May...Had first of four four-RBI games on 5/29 vs. Pawtucket...Suffered a left knee PCL sprain on 6/2 and was placed on the disabled list on 6/10...Spent eight games on rehab with the GCL Pirates from 7/7-15...Was reinstated from D.L. on 7/16...Homered twice and knocked in four runs on 7/30 at Norfolk...Hit safely in eight consecutive games from 7/30 thru 8/8, going 16-for-35 (.457) with 16 RBI...Hit two home runs and had season-high five RBI on 8/29 at Toledo...Hit .339 in 29 games during the month of August, going 37-for- 109 with 14 doubles, four home runs and 29 RBI...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 9/1 and made Major League debut that night in Cincinnati; grounded out to second base as a pinch hitter (was robbed of a hit by Gold Glove second baseman Brandon Phillips)...Made first start at third base on 9/2 at Cincinnati and went hitless in four at bats; also made throwing error...Flied out as a pinch hitter in first appearance at PNC Park on 9/5 vs. St. Louis...Made first start at PNC Park on 9/6 vs. St. Louis and singled off Jason Motte for first Major League hit...Singled as a pinch hitter on 9/8 vs. Chicago...Hit safely in three straight games from 9/6-9, going 3-for-8...Grounded out as a pinch hitter on 9/11 at Houston...Swiped first big league base on 9/18 vs. San Diego...Grounded into a double play as a pinch hitter on 9/21 vs. San Diego...Hit safely in back-to-back starts on 9/22-23...Struck out as a pinch hitter on 9/24 vs. Cincinnati...Tallied lone extra-base hit (double) in pinch hitting appearance on 9/29 at Chicago...Made a total of nine appearances (eight starts) at third base for Pittsburgh...Batted .267 (31-for-116) with nine doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI in 34 games with Margarita during the Venezuelan Winter League. 2008 Was rated by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's number two prospect prior to the season...Was a non-roster invitee with the Pirates during spring training and hit .261 (6-for-23) with three RBI in 10 games...Spent entire season with Indianapolis, his first full season at the Triple-A level...Was named the club's Most Valuable Player after leading team in triples, home runs and RBI...Was named the International League's Best Defensive Third Baseman by Baseball America in just his second season at that position...Led league third basemen in games (128), total chances (358) and double plays (20)...Ranked fifth among league leaders in games played, tied for ninth in triples and was 10th in RBI...Batted .255 (36-for-141) with four home runs against left-handed pitchers and .236 (86-for-364) with 12 homers against right-handed pitchers...Went 3-for-5 and hit first Triple-A home run on 4/9 at Syracuse, snapping a 2-for-17 start to the season...Homered in back-to-back games on 5/3-4...Was hitting .196 following the action on 5/15; batted .259 from that point on...Went 5-for-10 with three home runs and six RBI in back-to-back games on 6/7 and 6/8 at Louisville; smacked two homers on 6/8...Batted .248 with seven homers and 19 RBI in 25 games during the month of June...Went season-high 21 straight games without making an error at third base from 6/11 thru 7/3...Hit safely in 11 of his 12 games from 7/17-28, going 16-for-50 (.320) with 15 RBI...Produced a .275 average in August and hit safely in 21 of his final 28 contests (31-for-109, .284). 2007 Was converted from catcher to third base while attending spring training as a non-roster invitee...Hit .355 (11-for-31) with two home runs and eight RBI in 19 Grapefruit League games...Hit a combined .277 (137-for-495) with 33 doubles, 13 home runs, 66 RBI and 84 runs scored in 136 games between Double-A Altoona and Indianapolis...Posted a .920 fielding percentage (27 errors in 338 total chances) at third base between the two clubs...Batted .271 (95-for-350) with eight home runs while batting left-handed and .290 (42-for-145) with five homers while batting right-handed...Began season with Altoona, where he hit .320 (64-for-200) at Blair County Ballpark...Hit four home runs during a five-game stretch from 4/28 thru 5/3...Went 4-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI on 5/15 vs. Portland...Belted a pair of home runs on 5/27 at Bowie...Hit a grand slam and had five RBI on 6/28 vs. Trenton (game two)...Posted a .363 average (33-for-91) during the month of June...Started at third base and went 1-for-2 for the Southern Division at the Eastern League All-Star Game...Snapped a 1- for-24 streak after going 3-for-3 with two RBI while reaching base safely in all five plate appearances on 8/4 vs. New Hampshire...Was promoted to Indianapolis on 8/17 for the remainder of the season...Hit safely in six straight games from 8/28 thru 9/2...Hit .268 (40-for- 149) with nine doubles, four home runs and 17 RBI in 38 games for Venados de Mazatlan during the Mexican Winter League. 2006 Was ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's top prospect and as the organization's best athlete prior to the season...Combined to hit .271 with five homers and 38 RBI in 82 games between Lynchburg (A) and Altoona...Missed spring training and the first month of the season while recovering from off-season surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right wrist...Was added to Lynchburg roster in mid- May...Participated in MLB Futures Game on 7/9 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh...Threw out 20 of the 70 runners attempting to steal against him (29%) while playing with Lynchburg...Went 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBI on 7/30 at Myrtle Beach...Batted .321 (25-for-78) in July...Was promoted to Altoona on 8/15 and finished season with the Curve...Homered in first Double-A game on 8/15 at Connecticut...Was on disabled list from 8/23-29 with a viral infection...Started as the Curve's designated hitter in each of the five Eastern League Divisional Series contests vs. Akron and went 6-for-20 (.300) with four RBI...Participated in the Arizona Fall League and hit .290 (20-for-69) with eight RBI in 18 games with the Grand Canyon Rafters. 2005 Was rated by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's second-best prospect prior to the season...Batted .298 with 12 home runs and 80 RBI in 129 games between Hickory (A) and Lynchburg...Spent majority of season with Hickory, where he was named to South Atlantic League mid-season and post-season All-Star teams...Established minor league career high with 157 hits...Went 4-for-4 with three RBI on 4/28 vs. West Virginia...Hit safely in nine of his 11 games from 4/27 thru 5/78, going 18-for-41 (.439) and raising average from .217 to .300...Homered twice on 6/26 at Asheville...Recorded second four-hit game on 7/20 at Greensboro...Hit .415 (34-for-82) in final 20 games with Hickory, raising average from .278 to .301...Was promoted to Lynchburg on 8/25 and hit safely in first seven games with Hillcats (11-for-33)...Also tallied at least one RBI (12 total) in first seven contests...Participated in the Arizona Fall League and hit .265 (13-for-49) with two homers and five RBI in 17 games with the Peoria Saguaros...Was rated by Baseball America as the second-best prospect in the South Atlantic League following the season. 2004 Was ranked by Baseball America as the second-best pure hitter, third-best power hitter and having the best strike zone judgment among high school players prior to the June draft...Was selected by Pittsburgh in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft (11th pick overall)...Made professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Pirates as the starting catcher on 6/25 against the GCL Twins and went 0- for-3...Collected first professional hit and RBI the next day against the Twins after going 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored as the designated hitter...Hit first professional home run on 7/12 against the GCL Red Sox...Homered in three straight games from 8/10 (game two) thru 8/12...Went 4-for-5 on 8/23 vs. GCL Red Sox...Finished season by playing final eight games with Williamsport in the New York-Penn League...Reached base safely in seven of his eight games, hitting safely in last four (7-for-17, .412).