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2015 MLB Draft: Dodgers Get Value Early, Take Risks Late On First Day

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The Los Angeles Dodgers stockpiled early round picks in the 2015 MLB Draft, acquiring one for losing Hanley Ramirez to the Boston Red Sox in free agency, and another in the Ryan Webb trade with the Baltimore Orioles.

New scouting director Billy Gasparino had his work cut out for him, replacing Logan White, who helmed the draft for the Dodgers for more than a decade. So, how did he do on the first day? Let’s take a look.

Walker Buehler, RHP

Buehler, who saw his teammates Dansby Swanson and Carson Fulmer drafted in the Top-10, heard his name called at No. 24 by the Dodgers. The Vanderbilt right-hander had his most recent start rained out, but figures to make at least one appearance in the Commodores’ run in the College World Series.

Listed at 6’2 and 170 lbs, Walker has an extremely thin frame and may not add much weight as a pro, leading to questions about his long-term durability. However, his stuff is premium when it’s on, with the potential for three plus pitches. His fastball sits in the low to mid 90s and he adds a hard curveball as well as a promising changeup.

Expected to go in the middle of the first round, the Dodgers were pleasantly surprised when Buehler was available at their pick. The selection even received an endorsement from Dodgers’ right-hander and prospect connoisseur Zack Greinke. Walker won’t sign right away, as his college season hasn’t ended yet, but expect him to move relatively quickly after he goes pro.

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