Walker Buehler
Walker Buehler
24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Dodgers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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To start Game 3 of NLCS
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 11, 2018
Buehler is slated to start Game 3 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Monday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Buehler is set to take the mound at home after Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu start the first two games of the series in Milwaukee. Buehler will look to bounce back in his second outing of the postseason, surrendering five runs across five innings while fanning seven in Game 3 of the NLDS against Atlanta.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-53%
BAA vs LHP
2016
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .193 280 84 23 49 9 0 6
Since 2016vs Right .207 305 79 22 57 9 0 8
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-44%
ERA on Road
2016
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 2.31 0.90 77.0 4 3 0 10.2 2.2 0.8
Since 2016Away 3.67 1.18 68.2 5 2 0 9.8 3.4 0.9
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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
4.08
 
K/9
9.9
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
96.2 mph
 
ERA
2.62
 
WHIP
0.96
 
BABIP
.260
 
GB/FB
1.74
 
Strand %
76.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
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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Confirmed as Game 3 starter
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 3, 2018
Manager Dave Roberts said Buehler will start Game 3 of the NLDS against the Braves on Sunday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Notches win in tiebreaker
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 1, 2018
Buehler (8-5) pitched 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out three and securing the win Monday against the Rockies.
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Starting Game 163
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 30, 2018
Buehler will start Monday's game against the Rockies, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.
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Not starting Sunday
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 30, 2018
Buehler will not start Sunday's game against the Giants, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Status up in air for Sunday
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 29, 2018
Contrary to a previous report that said Buehler was the choice, the Dodgers may still be deciding on the starter for Sunday's regular-season finale, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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