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Neil Walker hit his second home run of spring training on Thursday. (Source: Bill Brink on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Walker is coming off a very strong season and is a solid starting option at 2nd base for your team this year.

 

Neil Walker blasted his first home run of the spring this afternoon, lacing a three-run shot in a 13-7 loss to the Houston Astros. Walker is trying to build on a career year in 2014. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: There was minor controversy this offseason when the Pirates signed Korean star Jung-ho Kang, and were told he could definitely play second base. Despite the rumors, Walker should still be penciled in as the starter come April. He is continuing his trend of recent success this spring, batting .412 with one home run and five RBIs.

 

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Walker is coming off of a career year and the biggest concern heading into the season is his health. Walker has missed several games the past two seasons due to back injuries and he is working to maintain his health this year. (Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Fantasy Impact: Walker is a dependable second base option for fantasy purposes even though he is not a popular name. If he can maintain his health throughout the season, he may be able to match or even improve his numbers from last year.

 

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Neil Walker started at 2nd base on Monday for the Pirates, and he had the Pirates only RBI.

Fantasy Impact: The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Korean star Jung-Ho Kang this offseason, and many people have said that Kang will take Walker's job. I can assure you that Walker is the Pirates' 2nd baseman. Walker had a career season last year, and i look for him to continue that streak of dominance at the plate because of what he showed on Monday. Walker knocked in McCutchen with a RBI double in the 1st inning. Walker also played solid defense at 2nd base. Walker will be an underrated 2nd baseman, so he is a fantastic sleeper pick to keep in mind.

 

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According to an MLB.com article, Neil Walker may be looking at a tough situation if the deal for Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang comes to fruition. Kang, should he sign and make the final roster, is reportedly suited to play second base, which is of course currently occupied by Walker. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: After a career year in 2014 in which he posted a .271 batting average with 23 home runs and 76 RBIs to compliment solid defensive skills, Neil Walker should be looking at an even more solid payday. On the other hand, although unproven in the MLB, Jung-ho Kang is expecting to get paid big money as well. It has also been reported that Kang can also play some first and third base, so only time will tell if Walker's future with the club could be in jeopardy should Kang become the newest Pirate.