Young Power Pitchers Make The Grade

Righthander Michael Kopech has been considered the hardest-throwing starting pitcher in the minors for the last two years, but the White Sox prospect has received a challenger from an unlikely source.

When he was at Vanderbilt, righthander Walker Buehler was known as a four-pitch pitcher with a good, but not great, fastball. Since returning from Tommy John surgery late in 2016, the Dodgers prospect has maintained his varied repertoire and feel for pitching, but his once straight, low- to mid-90s fastball now sits 97-98 mph.

As a result, the 22-year-old Buehler, a first-round pick in 2015, quickly has joined the conversation for best pitching prospect in the minors.

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