The Los Angeles Dodgers’ top prospect Walker Buehler made his official switch to the bullpen for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate.
This is no cause for concern and it is not meant to be a permanent move. The Dodgers have planned on moving Walker Buehler to the bullpen for the rest of this season in hopes that he can make it up to the big league team in 2017, as a member of the Los Angeles bullpen.
Eric Stephen of True Blue LA first reported yesterday of Buehler’s switch to the bullpen for Oklahoma City:
Walker Buehler scheduled to pitch 2 innings tonight for OKC, per @azfreedman. Transition to bullpen begins
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) August 6, 2017
Buehler did in fact make his relief appearance for the Oklahoma City Dodgers last night, but he did not make it through the two innings he was scheduled to pitch.
He only managed to get through 1 1/3 innings, giving up three rubs on two hits and a walk. He managed to strike out two of the four outs he collected, but was knocked around. His earned run average at Triple-A is a whopping 6.35 but that is a little deceiving as a large chunk of the runs he has given up came in his first start, where he did not make it out of the first inning.
The Dodgers are hoping to get Buehler some innings in Los Angeles this season to see if he is capable of handling a possible trip to the postseason as a member of a very good Dodger bullpen.