Dodgers News: Walker Buehler Isn’t Satisfied With Rookie Year

This is the time of year when guys proclaim themselves to be in the best shape of their life. However, Walker Buehler of the Los Angeles Dodgers is taking a different stance.

All Buehler talk is relevant and interesting. Equally important, he’s one of the hottest headline-grabbing young names in the game of baseball. So it was interesting to hear Buehler tell MLB Network Radio that he was less than satisfied with his 2018 rookie campaign.

Buehler said that he’s old school in terms of what he considers success to be at the highest level.

The end goal is to put up 200 innings. I may be a little old school in that, but that’s what I want to do and be successful for full seasons in the major leagues.

However, Buehler was plenty successful by definition; at least in terms if you’re measuring it by the standards the world judges it by. In 137.1 innings pitched as a 23-year old, Buehler had a 2.62 ERA and was a main catalyst for the Dodgers making a second straight World Series appearance. He finished third in National League Rookie of the Year Voting. Still, it wasn’t enough to quench Buehler’s thirst.

Buehler sounds like a mature young man on the airwaves. He referenced guys like Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, and Max Scherzer in regards to not just the quality of their body of work, but the volume they achieve in workload.

If the Dodgers are able to pencil in Buehler for 200 or more innings in 2019 – big things should await the team and the 24-year old stud pitcher. The bottom line is we’re all in for a treat if Buehler can stay healthy and start to increase his workload. The stats he should compile should be downright eye-popping.

It’s always good to hear a young player who tastes success for the first time isn’t happy to rest on his laurels. Buehler has the mark of a champion in this regard, and possibly a Hall of Famer or generational talent.

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  1. It’s sad that 200 innings has become the bar for starting pitchers. At 35 starts, that’s just over 5.5 innings per start; goes up to 6.6 innings with 30 starts.

    • I am 68 years old. Gone are the days of complete games. Now 6 innings is a quality start.I know teams go with 5 starters so 35-40 starts are a thing of the past.why are pitchers limited to 90-100 pitches. They are babied beyond my understanding. Let them pitch. We don’t need pitchers paid 10m a year to pitch one inning. Its sad the way the game has cha,ved

  2. I like this kid. He’s already showed he can handle postseason pressure unlike the so called best pitcher in baseball. Hopefully the dodgers look at that trait when drafting pitchers. Hopefully there’s more of those types to come through our system

  3. Calling this kid a future hall of famer, a generational talent, etc., puts a lot of pressure on him – completely ignoring his youth and inexperience at the major league level. That said, he sure is looking like he’ll eclipse all the great pitchers that have ever played. He might even be so good that no one will ever get a hit off of him…ever! He’ll be the only pitcher in history to have a 0.0 era after 300 innings. We’ll want to give him a billion dollar contract. Geez…why wait! Let’s give it to him now!