2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Walker Buehler
Greg Jewett dives deep into the numbers to show fantasy baseball owners what they can expect from Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler during the 2019 MLB season.
Due to trends such as recency bias and trying to find the next breakout pitcher, Walker Buehler will either be very popular or too expensive in drafts this year. Discerning if he’s worth the investment will be the task of this profile. Buehler won eight games in 23 starts last season with a 2.62 ERA, 3.21 xFIP, 0.96 WHIP and a 151:37 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 137.1 innings. He also recorded a 21.1 strikeouts-minus-walks percentage generating an 11-percent swinging strike rate including a 32.1 chase percentage on pitches outside the strike zone. However, Buehler did yield a 77.2 contact percentage but mitigated this with a 50-percent ground ball rate.
Concerns will arise in how many innings the Dodgers will allow Buehler to throw along with how his arsenal continues to develop. Between his time in the minors and with Los Angeles, Buehler finished with 153 innings. Knowing he will not be allowed to push towards 200 innings, projecting him for 175 seems practical.