Nick Ceraso, Staff Writer
Expect Neil Walker to have a disappointing season with the Mets. In the offseason, the Mets brought Walker back after he signed the qualifying offer the Mets placed.
Walker performed well for the Mets playing in 113 games batting .282 with 55 RBIs and tying his career high 23 home runs. However, Walker season ended early after needing season-ending surgery on his back after suffering a herniated disc in his back.
Walker certainly produced with home runs especially being able to tie his career high in fewer games played. However, Walker hit 9 doubles a career low and had only 33 extra base hits his lowest of his career. In Walker six other seasons as a Pirate, his lowest doubles total was 24.
Although it was good to see Walker’s walk percentage increase last year his strikeout rate has been consistently at 20% for the last two season. A rate that hasn’t been that high since 2012.
Walker also made the same amount of errors (7) as he did in 2015 however, he did so in 35 fewer games played. While his fielding percentage was the lowest it had been since 2012.
The 31 years old is at the usual age where players start to leave the prime of their career. Included with that Walker is coming off a serious injury and Mets’ fans certainly have seen when a player has a significant injury and the many disabled list trips it can lead to.