The Dodgers have one of the most talented starting rotations in all of baseball, that’s not new information. And there is one guy in particular that MLB pundits are fired up about.
Jim Bowden knows a thing or two about talent in Major League Baseball. As a former general manager, Bowden should be able to recognize a good starting pitcher when he sees one. In an article via The Athletic this week, Bowden ranked the top ten starting pitchers right now in the big leagues.
Number one on his list was Jacob DeGrom of the New York Mets, which is fair. DeGrom has a chance at winning three consecutive Cy Young Awards this year. The Dodgers only had one guy on the list, with Walker Buehler at number seven. Per Bowden:
He’s become the best starting pitcher on the Dodgers, which is difficult to say when you consider one of his teammates is future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw, who is still an elite starter. It’s only a matter of time before Buehler wins his first Cy Young Award.
Just a few years ago, it would’ve been tough to envision a situation where there was any pitcher on the Dodgers that could be called better than Clayton Kershaw. But Walker Buehler has done just that. Over the last few years, he has quickly developed into one of the best young pitchers in baseball.
At just 25-years-old, Buehler has the potential to be an all-time Dodgers’ great. In his first two full seasons at the big league level, Buehler has pitched to a 2.98 ERA with a 1.007 WHIP and is striking out more than ten batters per nine innings. The sky is the limit for Walker.
The full list from Bowden: Jacob DeGrom, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Jack Flaherty, Walker Buehler, Charlie Morton, Mike Clevinger, Shane Bieber