Walker Buehler
Walker Buehler
24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Buehler was a blast to watch pitch as a rookie in 2018 as he showcased an electric fastball along with two different breaking balls. It was easy to see why he was a first-round draft pick and it is going to be hard to restrain ourselves this draft season in chasing him for our rosters. However, that pursuit should be exercised with an amount of caution. Buehler already has one Tommy John surgery under his belt, which limited the amount of pitching he could do in the minor leagues. Those restrictions were not present last season as Buehler threw a total of 173 innings, nearly doubling his total from 2017. At age 24, to have a workload jump of that size is a risk to keep in mind if you decide you are all in on rostering the young flamethrower. Everything else we want to see in a young future ace is here (21.1% K-BB, 50% GB%), and the team context is certainly favorable. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Dodgers in July of 2015 that includes a $1.78 million signing bonus.
Returns to form vs. Reds
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 17, 2019
Buehler (2-0) earned the win against the Reds on Wednesday by giving up one unearned run on three hits across 6.1 innings. He struck out eight and walked one.
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Buehler put forth his best start of the season as he allowed only two baserunners over six scoreless innings before the Reds were able to scratch out a run on two hits during the seventh. The 24-year-old has a 5.40 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 17:6 K:BB over 18.1 innings and will likely take the mound next week against the Cubs.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-53%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .195 308 87 27 54 10 0 7
Since 2017vs Right .213 353 93 24 68 10 0 8
2019vs Left .217 28 3 4 5 1 0 1
2019vs Right .250 48 14 2 11 1 0 0
2018vs Left .193 261 77 20 46 9 0 6
2018vs Right .192 280 74 17 49 8 0 6
2017vs Left .188 19 7 3 3 0 0 0
2017vs Right .400 25 5 5 8 1 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-35%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-44%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.58 0.92 87.1 5 3 0 9.9 2.2 0.7
Since 2017Away 3.94 1.20 77.2 6 2 0 9.7 3.5 0.9
2019Home 4.82 1.07 9.1 1 0 0 7.7 1.9 0.0
2019Away 6.00 1.33 9.0 1 0 0 9.0 4.0 1.0
2018Home 1.93 0.83 74.2 4 3 0 10.1 1.9 0.7
2018Away 3.45 1.12 62.2 4 2 0 9.6 3.0 0.9
2017Home 10.80 2.40 3.1 0 0 0 10.8 8.1 2.7
2017Away 6.00 1.83 6.0 1 0 0 12.0 7.5 1.5
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Stat Review
How does Walker Buehler compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
2.83
 
K/9
8.3
 
BB/9
2.9
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
96.6 mph
 
ERA
5.40
 
WHIP
1.20
 
BABIP
.302
 
GB/FB
1.22
 
Strand %
52.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
The 2016 season ended with whispers and a five-inning sample that suggested Buehler could be in for a breakout 2017. He delivered on that promise, and then some. Buehler, who underwent Tommy John surgery after being selected with the No. 24 pick in the 2015 draft, returned at the end of 2016 throwing harder than ever, sitting in the mid-90s and touching 99 mph with his fastball -- a byproduct of the Dodgers’ weighted ball program. He maintained that velocity over his first full pro season while also showing off a plus-plus curveball and hard low-90s cutter/slider. That pitch mix was predictably deadly against minor-league hitters, catapulting Buehler to the majors for a September run as a reliever. Given Buehler’s velocity jump and injury history, he seems a bit riskier than other top pitching prospects, but his upside is undeniable. The Dodgers will likely allow him to throw around 135 innings this season, presumably beginning the year at Triple-A. If he shows improved control, he could spend most of the summer pitching every fifth day in the big leagues.
The Dodgers took a calculated gamble when they selected Buehler with the 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft. Once considered a likely top-10 pick, a pre-draft elbow issue caused him to fall, and he ended up needing Tommy John surgery that August. Buehler returned to the mound late last season, and while he only logged five innings of game action, the early returns suggest the Dodgers may have hit big on their roll of the dice. He touched 99 mph with his fastball in instructs after sitting in the mid-90s during brief appearances in the Arizona and Midwest leagues. It is hard to expect him to maintain that velocity over lengthier outings in the coming years, but even if he settles in at 93-95 mph with his fastball, that makes for a plus offering. He also features a potentially plus curveball and a hard slider/cutter that could be a third plus pitch. An average changeup could round out the repertoire, and at that point Buehler would look the part of a No. 2 starter.
The team's top draft pick in the 2015 amateur draft (24th overall), Buehler dropped a bit down teams' boards due to an elbow injury last spring, and the injury ultimately led to Tommy John surgery this past August. When healthy, the 6-foot-2 Buehler features a mid-90s fastball, slider, curve, and changeup with solid command and the ability to miss bats. Buehler's last 14 starts for Vanderbilt resulted in an 81:25 K:BB over 78.2 innings. He seems likely to miss most, if not all of the 2016 season recuperating, but it is possible he could join a full-season affiliate late in the year, or he could pitch in the Arizona Fall League. Once healthy, he has the ability to move quickly as a college draftee and settle in as a No. 3 big league starter. He's won a College World Series and a Cape Cod Championship, a pedigree that the Dodgers certainly hope carries over.
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Roughed up in no-decision
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 11, 2019
Buehler threw four innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Thursday, giving up five runs on five hits, striking out five and walking two as the Dodgers fell, 11-7.
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Grabs win in Coors
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 6, 2019
Buehler (1-0) picked up the win Saturday, allowing one run on three hits and two walks over five innings while striking out four in a 7-2 victory over the Rockies.
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Crushed for five runs
PLos Angeles Dodgers
March 31, 2019
Buehler yielded five runs on five hits and a walk in three innings but took the no-decision in Sunday's win over Arizona.
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Won't throw 100 pitches Sunday
PLos Angeles Dodgers
March 31, 2019
Buehler will be limited in his season debut Sunday against Arizona, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Will start Sunday
PLos Angeles Dodgers
March 25, 2019
Buehler has been named the starting pitcher for Sunday's game against the Angels, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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