Sunday, November 16, 2014

Scouting the 2015 Draft: Walker Buehler

Walker Buehler is a 6'1", 160 lb. Junior RHP for Vanderbilt who outpitched Tyler Beede both during the regular college season and the college playoffs and World Series.  His season line for Vandy was 12-2, 2.64, 102.1 IP, 31 BB, 111 K's.  He then went on to pitch a solid game for Team USA then went to the Cape Cod League where he won co-MVP honors with 3 scoreless starts and 13 K's in 15 IP.

His CCL scouting report in BA had him sitting 92-95 MPH deep into games with a heavy FB that induces GB outs.  He also has average to above average offerings in a changeup, curveball and slider.  He needs to work on consistency with all the offspeed pitches as he sometimes slows his delivery for the changeup and has to work to stay on top of he breaking stuff.  He throws everything for strikes.

The one big rap on him is his size, or lack thereof.  On video he looks a bit taller than 6'1" and he appears to have a strong frame that has room to fill out.  He does not torque his torso or take a huge stride like Tim Lincecum.  He generates his velocity with long arms with whippy arm action, but the delivery is smooth with all body parts pointed in the same direction.  He has some effort in his delivery, but not excessively so.

BA has him ranked as the #5 draft prospect and Kiley McDaniel has him at #4.

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