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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College Baseball Prospects: Pitchers 3.28.15

Southeastern Conference
2015 Draft Class
Walker Buehler – RHP – Vanderbilt.  5.2IP 7H 5R 0ER 0BB 7K. 
2016 Draft Class
A.J. Puk – LHP – Florida.  3.1IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 5K.  (W, 5-2).  
Dane Dunning – RHP – Florida.  5.2IP 6H 4R 4ER 1BB 4K.
Wil Crowe – RHP – South Carolina.  6IP 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 7K.  
Keegan Thompson – RHP – Auburn.  8IP 4H 0R 0ER 1BB 5K.  (W, 5-2).
Atlantic Coast Conference
2015 Draft Class
Kenny Koplove – RHP – Duke.  0IP 1H 2R 2ER 1BB 0K.  
Nathan Kirby – LHP – Virginia.  6IP 5H 0R 0ER 2BB 8K.  (W, 4-1).  
Josh Sborz – RHP – Virginia.  1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K.  (S, 6).  
Andrew Suarez – LHP – Miami.  3IP 4H 1R 1ER 4BB 2K.  
Trent Thornton – RHP – UNC.  0.1IP 0H 1R 1ER 1BB 0K.  
2016 Draft Class
Connor Jones – RHP – Virginia.  7.2IP 5H 2R 2ER 2BB 9K. 
Pac 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Ryan Burr – RHP – ASU.  1.2IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K.  (S, 9).  
Ryan Kellogg – LHP – ASU.  6IP 7H 2R 2ER 2BB 2K.  (W, 5-0).  
Kyle Twomey – LHP – USC.  7IP 4H 0R 0ER 7BB 4K.  
2016 Draft Class
Bobby Dalbec – RHP – Arizona.  1.1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K.  
Big 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Riley Ferrell – RHP – TCU.  1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 3K.  
Preston Morrison – RHP – TCU.  6.1IP 5H 4R 2ER 0BB 6K.  (W, 6-0).   
Dalton Brown – RHP – Texas Tech.  2IP 3H 1R 0ER 1BB 0K.  
2016 Draft Class
Alec Hansen – RHP – Oklahoma.  6.1IP 6H 5R 2ER 1BB 8K.  (L, 3-3).  
Big Ten Conference
2015 Draft Class
Tyler Jay – LHP – Illinois.  1.1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K.  (S, 6).  
Kevin Duchene – LHP – Illinois.  6IP 8H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K.  (W, 5-1).  
Kevin Mooney – RHP – Maryland.  1.1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K.  (S, 3).  
Travis Lakins – RHP – Ohio State.  6IP 2H 1R 0ER 2BB 5K.  
Blake Hickman – RHP – Iowa.  8IP 3H 1R 1ER 3BB 6K.  (W, 3-1).  
Jacob Croneworth – RHP – Michigan.  5IP 3H 2R 2ER 1BB 9K.  (L, 1-2).  
Jake Kelzer – RHP – Indiana.  6IP 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 4K.  
Luke Harrison – RHP – Indiana.  2IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 3K. 
2014 Draft Class

Mike Shawaryn – RHP – Maryland.  7.1IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 7K.  (W, 6-0).    
Conference USA
2015 Draft Class
Blake Fox – RHP – Rice.  7IP 8H 3R 3ER 0BB 7K.  (W, 3-0).  
Phil Maton – RHP – Louisiana Tech.  5IP 8H 8R 3ER 0BB 3K.  (L, 3-1).  
Best of the Rest
Jon Harris – RHP – Missouri State.  8IP 7H 0R 0ER 1BB 6K.  (W, 3-0).  
Justin Garza – RHP – Cal State Fullerton.  5.1IP 9H 4R 3ER 0BB 4K.  (L, 1-2).  
Justin Jacome – LHP – UC Santa Barbara.  9IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 12K.  (W, 4-1).  
Andrew Sopko – RHP – Gonzaga.  5IP 4H 0R 0ER 4BB 6K.  (W, 3-3).  
Trevor Megill – RHP – Loyola Marymount.  3.1IP 2H 1R 1ER 2BB 3K.  
Travis Bergen – LHP – Kennesaw State.  7IP 3H 0R 0ER 2BB 12K.  
Zach Plesac – RHP – Ball State.  5IP 2H 3R 2ER 6BB 7K.