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Walker Buehler

#21 | RHP
Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers
Walker Buehler
Name: Walker Anthony Buehler
Born: Jul 28, 1994 in Lexington, KY
High School: Clay HS, Lexington, Ky.
College: Vanderbilt
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 185 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (24th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 (signed for $1,777,500)
Buehler had a busy summer last year. After helping Vanderbilt win its first-ever national championship, he pitched briefly for Team USA and was then named co-MVP of the playoffs in the Cape Cod League, as he helped Yarmouth-Dennis to the championship. His start to his junior season at Vanderbilt was delayed by elbow soreness, but he's pitched well since rejoining the Commodores rotation. At his best, Buehler has four above-average offerings. He throws his fastball in the low to mid 90s, though it doesn't have a ton of life. That, in addition to his clean arm action, allows him to pound the strike zone, but also makes it a bit easier for hitters to square the pitch up if he misses in the zone. His curveball and slider both show promise and he has a good feel for spinning the baseball, but they run together at times. He gets good fading action on his changeup. Though at a listed 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, Buehler is taller than teammate Carson Fulmer, he isn't very physical and also lacks ideal size for a righthander. Scouts have more confidence that Buehler will be able to remain in the rotation, however, thanks to his deep arsenal, athleticism and more polished delivery.
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