2015 MLB Draft Non-Scouting Report: Walker Buehler – RHP – Vanderbilt

 
2015 MLB Draft Prospect: Walker Buehler – RHP – Vanderbilt. 6’2″ 175. Class: Junior. DOB: 7.28.94. Last Drafted: Pittsburgh – 2012 (14th Round)
Scouted: Vanderbilt Commodores @ Kentucky Wildcats 5.3.15
A prep star at Henry Clay HS in Lexington Ky., Bueller was ranked as the 50th best prospect in the 2012 draft by Baseball America, and slid to the 14th round (Pittsburgh) due to his strong college commitment to Vanderbilt.  Buehler followed through on that commitment and he has been a key contributor for the Commodores since stepping on campus, including winning 12 games on the 2014 national championship team.
Buehler entered this season as a potential top 10 overall pick and despite missing the his first two starts of the season with elbow soreness, he’s done nothing to diminish his stock.
 
 
Statistics *through 6.4.15
YEAR
CLASS
W-L
ERA
G
S
IP
H
K
BB
2013
Fr. 
4-3
3.14
16
1
63
64
57
25
2014
So. 
12-2
2.64
19
0
102.1
85
111
31
2015
Jr.
4-2
2.97
14
0
78.2
78
81
25
It’s important to note that getting one live look at a player doesn’t provide nearly enough information to produce a true scouting report.  It’s also important to note that I’m not a scout.  I don’t have the training or expertise that they do.  None of that is going to stop me from sharing my thoughts on the player.
REPERTOIRE:
Fastball:  Buehler sat at 93-95 mph throughout the duration of the start when I saw him and has been as high as 96 mph in other starts this season.  Though the pitch flattens out a bit, he spots it well to both sides of the plate.
Curveball:  Buehler’s primary secondary pitch is a curveball that he’ll throw in any count.  This pitch was 77-79 mph with a sharp downward break.
Slider:  This pitch was 83-85 mph with good downward bite as opposed to a slider that moves on a horizontal plane.
Changeup:  The weakest of his secondary offerings, Buehler’s changeup has some fade and is still playable at the next level.
DELIVERY
Like teammate Carson Fulmer, Buehler is small in stature, listed at 175 lbs but looking much thinner.  Buehler has drawn comparisons to Tim Lincecum both for his size and for the delivery.  While there is effort in the delivery, it’s fluid as he comes right over the top and finishes off to the first base side of the mound.
FUTURE

 

Buehler will go off the board in the first round, likely in the 8-14 overall pick range.  While it’s debatable if teammate Carson Fulmer will remain a starter, there’s little doubt that Buehler will remain in the rotation.  With a four pitch mix and an advanced feel for pitching, I’m of the opinion that Buehler is a mid-rotation starter with the potential to grow into a #2.
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