With a 26th roster spot added for the 2020 season, the Phillies have found a number of players to act as combatants to fill that spot. The latest signing is veteran infielder Neil Walker, who played last season with the Miami Marlins. In addition to his time with the Marlins last season, the 34-year old Walker has also played for Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and both New York teams in his 11 seasons in the majors.
The Phillies signed Walker to a minor league contract as they did with Phil Gosselin and Josh Harrison earlier in the offseason. Walker played in 115 games for the Marlins last season, producing a line of 8-38-.261/.344/.395 and played defensively at third and first base and appeared in one game at second base.
In his 11 seasons, Walker has a line of 149-606/.267/.339/.427 in over 1,200 MLB games. The Pirates selected Walker with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 Draft, selecting him out of Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, PA, near Pittsburgh. He made his major league debut with the Pirates on September 1, 2009 and played in over 800 games with Pittsburgh over seven seasons and finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year balloting in 2010. Walker won a Silver Slugger Award with the Pirates in 2014 with 23 home runs, 76 RBI and a .271 average to go with a .342 on-base percentage and a .467 slugging percentage.