Walker Buehler
Walker Buehler
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Dodgers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Buehler didn't take many days off, posting the first of what should be many 30-start campaigns. Early, the Dodgers limited Buehler's in-game workload as he's just two years removed from Tommy John surgery and they wanted their prized righty fresh for the playoffs. Buehler did his part, allowing just one run in 12.2 postseason frames, but his club of course came up short. With Buehler fronting their rotation, the Dodgers' championship window remains wide open. The 25-year-old right-hander deploys a four-pitch arsenal, featuring a 97-mph fastball he used 60% of the time along with a slider, cutter and curve evenly split the rest of the time. The result was a 3.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP, with a 24.2 K-BB%, seventh best among qualified starters. Most will group Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer together. Buehler belongs in the next tier, perhaps even at the top. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#17
ADP
$Signed a $1.78 million contract with the Dodgers in July of 2015.
Dominates Rays in Game 3
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 24, 2020
Buehler allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out 10 across six innings to earn the win in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday against the Rays.
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Buehler kept the Rays off balance throughout his start, racking up 18 swinging strikes on 93 total pitches. His only struggle came in the fifth inning, when he allowed two doubles in the span of three hitters. Buehler has dominated this postseason, racking up 39 strikeouts across 25 innings while maintaining a 1.80 ERA.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
81
Last 10 Games
83
Last 5 Games
90
How many pitches does Walker Buehler generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Walker Buehler generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .203 722 211 48 135 28 3 17
Since 2018vs Right .211 703 197 37 137 21 2 22
2020vs Left .176 79 25 5 13 2 0 3
2020vs Right .180 68 17 6 11 1 0 4
2019vs Left .216 382 109 23 76 17 3 8
2019vs Right .231 355 106 14 77 12 2 12
2018vs Left .193 261 77 20 46 9 0 6
2018vs Right .192 280 74 17 49 8 0 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-40%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-79%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-22%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 2.31 0.84 186.2 11 4 0 10.8 1.5 0.9
Since 2018Away 3.82 1.18 169.2 12 5 0 9.7 2.8 1.1
2020Home 1.31 0.68 20.2 1 0 0 12.6 2.6 0.0
2020Away 6.19 1.31 16.0 0 0 0 7.3 2.8 3.9
2019Home 2.86 0.89 91.1 6 1 0 11.0 1.0 1.2
2019Away 3.66 1.20 91.0 8 3 0 10.2 2.7 0.8
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
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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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.82
 
K/9
10.3
 
BB/9
2.7
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
96.9 mph
 
ERA
3.44
 
WHIP
0.95
 
BABIP
.217
 
GB/FB
0.94
 
Left On Base
67.5%
 
Exit Velocity
84.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.1%
 
Spin Rate
2672 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.3%
 
Swinging Strike
12.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Gets job done in Game 6
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 18, 2020
Buehler picked up the win in Game 6 of the NLCS against Atlanta on Saturday, striking out six batters while allowing seven hits and zero walks across six scoreless innings.
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Works around five walks
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 13, 2020
Buehler walked five batters in five innings in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Braves on Monday but limited the damage to just one run allowed. He struck out seven while allowing just three hits and did not factor into the decision.
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Fans eight in win
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 7, 2020
Buehler allowed one earned run on two hits and four walks while striking out eight over four innings in Tuesday's win over the Padres in Game 1 of the NLDS. He did not factor into the decision.
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Strikes out eight in short start
PLos Angeles Dodgers
October 1, 2020
Buehler threw just four innings in Wednesday's Wild Card Series Game 1 win over the Brewers, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out eight and walking two. He did not factor into the decision.
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Impressive in return
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 24, 2020
Buehler hurled four scoreless innings against Oakland on Thursday, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out six. He did not factor in the decision.
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