Walker Buehler

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Walker Buehler
Buehler with the Tulsa Drillers
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 21
Born: (1994-07-28) July 28, 1994 (age 24)
Lexington, Kentucky
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 2017, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
(through September 19, 2018)
Win–loss record 8-5
Earned run average 3.09
Strikeouts 155
Career highlights and awards
  • Pitched in a combined no-hitter (May 4, 2018)

Walker Anthony Buehler (born July 28, 1994) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was selected by the Dodgers with the 24th overall selection in the 2015 MLB draft out of Vanderbilt University, and made his MLB debut in 2017.

Amateur career[edit]

Buehler attended Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky.[1] He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 14th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign and attended Vanderbilt University.[2] As a freshman in 2013, he appeared in 16 games making nine starts. He had a 4–3 record with a 3.14 earned run average (ERA) and 57 strikeouts. As a sophomore, he went 12–2 with a 2.64 ERA and 111 strikeouts and was a member of the team's 2014 College World Series championship team, starting the first game.[3][4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Minor League[edit]

Buehler was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 24th overall selection of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft[6] and signed on July 17, 2015, for a $1.78 million bonus.[7] Soon after his signing, it was revealed that he would require Tommy John surgery and would therefore be sidelined for a year and a half with recovery.[8] He finally made his professional baseball debut on August 23, 2016 for the Arizona League Dodgers, striking out three and retiring all six batters he faced.[9] He was then promoted to the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League on August 28.[10] He appeared in two games for the Loons, making one start, and did not allow a run or a hit in the three innings he pitched.[11] Buehler began the 2017 season with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League and allowed only three runs in 16 ​13 innings over five starts before he was promoted to the Double-A Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League on May 2.[12] While with the Drillers, he made 11 starts with a 3.49 ERA and was selected to appear in the mid-season Texas League all-star game[13] He was promoted to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers at mid-season[14] where he made three starts before transitioning to the bullpen in preparation for a potential September major league callup.[15] He had a 4.63 ERA in 23 ​13 innings for Oklahoma City.[16] At the end of the season, he was selected as the Dodgers minor league pitcher of the year.[17]

2017 season[edit]

The Dodgers added him to the major league roster for the first time on September 6, 2017[18] and he made his professional debut that night with two scoreless innings of relief against the Colorado Rockies. His first MLB strikeout was against Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies.[19] He picked up his first major league win with a scoreless inning of relief against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 21.[20] Overall, he appeared in eight games for the Dodgers in 2017, allowing eight runs in 9​13 innings (7.71 ERA) with 12 strikeouts and eight walks.[21]

2018 season[edit]

Buehler made his first major league start on April 23, 2018, against the Miami Marlins, pitching five scoreless innings.[22] On May 4, against the San Diego Padres he took a no-hitter through six innings, with eight strikeouts, until being taken out of the game after 93 pitches. Three relief pitchers combined to finish it off as the Dodgers won 4–0, the first combined no-hitter in franchise history.[23] He was placed on the disabled list on June 21 because of a rib injury.[24] He returned to make an appearance out of the bullpen on June 28 but he allowed five earned runs in one inning pitched before returning to the disabled list.[25]

On July 13, he made his first start in over a month against the Los Angeles Angels where he allowed two solo home runs to Kole Calhoun but no other earned runs.[26] He set a new career high in strikeouts with nine on August 22.[27] After three more nine strikeout starts, he struck out 12 on September 19 against the Colorado Rockies.[28]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Henry Clay senior Walker Buehler a standout on the mound and in the classroom Archived December 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "4.3 GPA, Blazing Fastball Lead to Vanderbilt Scholarship". Lexingtonfamily.com. Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ Fields, Mike (April 30, 2015). "Henry Clay's Buehler chasing another title as Vandy visits Kentucky". Kentucky.com. Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Vandy's 1-2 pitching punch back for SEC opener". Tennessean.com. March 12, 2015. Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  5. ^ Fields, Mike (June 13, 2014). "Henry Clay's Buehler key component of Vandy's run to College World Series". Kentucky.com. Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  6. ^ Weisman, Jon (June 8, 2015). "Vanderbilt RHP Walker Buehler taken in first round by Dodgers". Dodger Insider. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ Simon, Andrew (July 17, 2015). "Dodgers agree with Buehler; Funkhouser back to school". mlb.com. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ Stephen, Eric (August 4, 2015). "Dodgers 1st-round pick Walker Buehler to have Tommy John surgery Wednesday". SB Nation. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ Minami, Craig (August 24, 2016). "Walker Buehler makes his first professional appearance for Arizona Dodgers". SB Nation. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ Stephen, Eric and Craig Minami (August 28, 2016). "Jose De Leon leads Oklahoma City to 2nd straight PCL division title". SB Nation. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  11. ^ "2016 Great Lakes Loons Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 19, 2016. 
  12. ^ Tripodi, Chris (May 2, 2017). "Dodgers promote Buehler to Double-A". milb.com. Retrieved May 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ Tulsa Drillers (June 14, 2017). "Nine Drillers Named to 2017 TL All-Star Game". milb.com. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  14. ^ Unruh, Jacob (July 18, 2017). "Dodgers: Pitching prospect Walker Buehler continues rapid rise through minors". The Oklahoman. Retrieved September 5, 2017. 
  15. ^ Plunkett, Bill (August 10, 2017). "Dodgers Notes: Walker Buehler beginning bullpen audition for possible September role". Orange County Register. Retrieved September 5, 2017. 
  16. ^ "2017 Oklahoma City Dodgers". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 5, 2017. 
  17. ^ Stephen, Eric (August 23, 2017). "Walker Buehler, Keibert Ruiz named Dodgers minor league players of the year". SB Nation. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  18. ^ Callis, Jim (September 6, 2017). "What to expect from Dodgers' Buehler in big leagues". mlb.com. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  19. ^ Thornton, Joshua (September 8, 2017). "Buehler impresses in Major League debut". mlb.com. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  20. ^ Gurnick, Ken and Ben Harris (September 21, 2017). "Dodgers rally in Philly, cut magic number to 1". mlb.com. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Walker Buehler Statistics & History". Baseball Reference. 
  22. ^ Gurnick, Ken (April 24, 2018). "LA wins 7th of 8 after Buehler's scoreless 5". mlb.com. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 
  23. ^ Gurnick, Ken (May 5, 2018). "Dodgers combine for no-hitter against Padres in Mexico". MLB. Retrieved May 5, 2018. 
  24. ^ Gurnick, Ken (June 12, 2018). "Dodgers place Buehler on 10-day DL (rib)". mlb.com. Retrieved September 20, 2018. 
  25. ^ Jones, Kaelen. "Walker Buehler struggles in return". MLB. Retrieved June 28, 2018. 
  26. ^ Duarte, Michael. "Walker goes 5 innings in first start in a month". NBC Los Angeles. Retrieved July 13, 2018. 
  27. ^ Morino, Matthew. "Sets new career high in strikeout with 9". Retrieved August 23, 2018. 
  28. ^ Padilla, Doug (September 20, 2018). "Buehler settles in, racks up career-high 12 K's". mlb.com. Retrieved September 20, 2018. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sean Manaea
No-hit game
May 4, 2018
(with Cingrani, García & Liberatore)
Succeeded by
James Paxton