Add Walker Buehler near the top of the plethora of Dodger pitching prospects
The Dodgers number one pick of 2015 pitched his first professional game last night and everyone came away raving about his stuff. He only pitched two innings but his stuff showed why the Dodgers didn’t shy away from making him their top selection last year even with the arm concerns.
Walker Buehler, rhp, Dodgers. The former Vanderbilt star had Tommy John surgery shortly after the Dodgers made him the 24th overall pick in 2015. He got back on a mound in earnest on Tuesday, making his pro debut in the Rookie-level AZL against the White Sox. Buehler struck out three in two scoreless innings, and according to BA’s Bill Mitchell, who was on hand, Buehler’s fastball ranged 95-97 mph with a cutter in the low 90s and a tight curveball with plenty of spin. With the trade of Grant Holmes, Jharel Cotton and Frankie Montas to Oakland, Buehler could be looked at as the Dodgers’ No. 2 pitching prospect behind Jose De Leon, with Julio Urias graduating.
Dodger fans have already gotten a good luck at the future with 20-year-old Julio Urias and the future could be even brighter with at least three top arms still in the system. Jose De Leon is currently top dog but it doesn’t take much imagination to foresee that either Yadier Alveraz or Walker Buehler might have more upside than the talented De Leon.
Sometimes you hear the minor league mantra “grow the pitchers sign the hitters” or maybe the mantra is “grow the hitters sign the pitchers” but in either case, the Dodger farm system is doing very well at growing both.