Just days after it was announced that we may see Walker Buehler as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers before the 2017 season ends, Buehler has officially been promoted to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.
On Sunday, July 16th, it was announced that Walker Buehler would be making the jump from the Double-A Tulsa Drillers to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Buehler was in the midst of posting great numbers between both High-A and Double-A.
Walker Buehler will join the @okc_dodgers today. First start will be Thursday. Between A+/AA has a 2.38 ERA, .205 BAA, 1.04 WHIP, 12.5 K/9.
— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) July 16, 2017
As a member of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes:
Five starts, 16.1 innings pitched, two earned runs and a 1.10 earned run average.
As a member of the Tulsa Drillers:
11 starts, 49.0 innings pitched, 19 earned runs and a 3.49 earned run average.
His numbers in Tulsa actually looked much better until his most recent start where he allowed four earned runs in just 3.2 innings that raised his ERA from 2.98 to 3.49. There was a big bright spot to come out of his start as he strikes out seven batters out of his first nine outs, showing his ability to miss bats.
— Steve Dittmore (@stevedittmore) July 16, 2017
Buehler has done nothing but turn heads since he made his return to the mound after he underwent Tommy John surgery. A now 22-year-old Walker Buehler rising through the ranks so quickly is not surprising. He put up quite the numbers at Vanderbilt so his body is more mature than it would be if he was drafted out of high school as an 18-year-old.
He will be making his first start for the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Thursday July 20th against the Memphis Redbirds.
J.P. Hoornstra pointed out that the call-up of Walker Buehler gives him six weeks to polish himself in the minor leagues before the rosters expand in September.
Today's promotion would give Buehler at least six weeks at Triple-A before rosters expand in September.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 16, 2017
Seeing Buehler come up in September to be a member of the Dodger bullpen could be great for him to prove that he can be one of the best options as a reliever on the playoff roster. The Dodgers are currently in need of another arm that can handle the late innings. The answer just might lie in their own farm system.