With the 24th pick of the 2015 first year player draft, the Dodgers selected right-handed pitcher Walker Buehler out of Vanderbilt. Buehler would soon thereafter find out that he needed Tommy John surgery.
Now healthy, Buehler is fully participating on the minor league side of the Dodgers spring training facility at Camelback Ranch, and he is causing quite a stir.
There has been a buzz all camp about how good Walker Buehler is pitching. https://t.co/0GtUs4awiB
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) March 18, 2017
The 22-year-old is hitting the upper-90s with his fastball, showing just exactly what he can bring to the table.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick recently wrote an in-depth article on Buehler, giving plenty of insight on what he is bringing to camp at the moment.
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) March 19, 2017
In the tweet from MiLB.com’s official Twitter, it says that Buehler could be joining the Dodgers in the Freeway Series that they play against the Angels just before Opening Day. Ken Gurnick wrote that management has considered bringing Buehler along for the series, even though he is yet to hit the major league side of camp during spring training.
“He hasn’t even made an appearance on the Major League side of camp yet, but with the buzz around him, you’d think the Dodgers have come upon a right-handed Clayton Kershaw,” writes Gurnick.
If that does not get you excited about Buehler, I am not sure what will.
After pitching only five professional innings in 2016, it looks like big things will be coming from the right hander out of Vanderbilt sooner rather than later.