Walker Buehler is no stranger to the big stage. At just 26-years-old, the Dodgers hurler has already thrown in more big games than most players could ever hope for. Then again, Walker Buehler isn’t your average 26-year-old.
Even at the early stages of his career, Buehler is still making guys around him veteran players. Dodgers pitcher Blake Treinen is one of those guys. Blake talked recently about the time he’s spent with Walker over the last few days, including throwing flat grounds leading up to Buehler’s start tonight. For Treinen, Buehler is far beyond his years.
There are certain players that are gifted out there with how can you teach your body to do what your mind wants it to do. And playing catch and talking to him over the last couple of days, in particular, it even stands out more. He’s very gifted with body control and all the way down to the fingertips and how to release a baseball at whatever angle or angle velocity. So for him to be able to do that at a young age, I mean I’m 32 and I’m far from being anything close to Walker. So learning how to make myself better just by playing catch with him, as long as I’m playing the game I’m trying to learn.
The Dodgers absolutely knew what they were getting out of Buehler when they drafted him 24th overall out of Vanderbilt in the 2015 MLB draft. They knew that they were getting a guy with arm troubles, but they also knew the talent that came with it.
Buehler has appeared in huge games for the Dodgers over the last couple of years. He threw 7 shutout innings in a World Series games in 2018, and also dominated Game 163 that year. Getting him in Game 3 of the 2020 World Series should be a thrill for fans in Los Angeles.
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