Dodgers: Watch Walker Buehler Take Grounders at…Shortstop?

It’s not uncommon for a player to field out of position during batting practice. We’ve seen several Dodgers players this year take groundballs that might not normally, and even a few infielders shagging flyballs. 

Even Mookie Betts was taking groundballs at third base last year alongside Edwin Rios. The 2 Dodgers made a little bit of a competition out of it and had some fun. But seeing a pitcher do anything other than pitch on the field is always odd. 

So when Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler took some grounders at shortstop on Sunday, it turned heads. Funny though, Buehler looked pretty smooth as he fielded them alongside Betts, who ended up starting at second base. 

Every player has their reasoning for taking reps at different positions. Some like to get out of their element and just feel their way around the diamond, and others are just having fun. The Dodgers like to move around a ton. 

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Still, it was funny to see Buehler out there taking infield practice. The Dodgers went on to beat up on the Diamondbacks to earn the series win. They will head back home to face off against the Astros in a big 2-game series this week. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. Ha, for those of us with a few gray hairs…I remember being at Dodger Stadium…and watching Koufax field ground balls at third base catch the grounder while on fould lline facing the doughout and flipping the ball in his mit right over to the second base…. shocked me….was great to remember….

  2. This is awesome! Buehler working out at short probably kills the monotony of pitcher workout routine.I’m a firm believer that a pitcher should practice to become more athletic.For the most part they work on their mechanics to become a machine/robot.This is important,but there’s something to be said when you see Cueto and his variety of wind ups and delivery.Ohtani working on his hitting probably helps his pitching.

    • Glad he didn’t take a grounder to the face. We don’t need creative injuries to the starting rotation.

      • Pro fields are manicured.That’s why infielders don’t get hit in the face.Plus,grounders aren’t hit that hard.

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