Walker Anthony Buehler…played college ball at Vanderbilt Universit y and was a member of the 2014 College World Series championship team…pitched against UC Ir vine in the College World Series where he tossed 5.1 hitless innings with seven strikeouts to earn the win…as a freshman in 2013 he earned a spot on the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll…graduated from Henr y Clay (K Y) High School…was named a t wo-time Kentucky All-State and t wo-time All-Cit y team member and had his jersey retired at the high school…owns the single-season strikeout record at Henr y Clay HS with 98 strikeouts over 66.0 innings…hosted a charit y golf tournament in Lexington, K Y in November 2018 to benefit the Kids Cancer Alliance…draf ted by the Pirates in the 14th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draf t out of Henr y Clay HS but did not sign…selected by the Dodgers in the first round (24th overall pick) of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft from Vanderbilt University and was signed by scout Marty Lamb.
Went 1-0 with a 3.4 4 ERA in eight starts during the 60-game season, holding opponents to a .178 batting average with a 0.95 WHIP…struck out 42 against 11 walks in 36.2 innings... Limited to just 36.2 innings in the regular season due to two IL stints caused by blisters (Aug. 26-Sept. 2; Sept. 10-24)...Helped lead the Dodgers to their 2020 World Championship, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA (5 ER/25.0 IP) in five Postseason starts…limited opponents to a .196 batting average (18-for-92) with 39 strikeouts in 25.0 Postseason innings...Tossed 6.0 innings of one-run ball to pick up the win in World Series Game 3 over the Rays (Dodgers 6-2 win), striking out 10, allowing just three hits and walking one…became the first pitcher in World Series history to strike out 10 while not pitching more than 6.0 innings.
Finished the season going 13-4 with a 3.24 ERA (64 ER/17 7.1 IP) in a career-high 30 starts, limiting opponents to a .223 average while posting a 1.04 WHIP ... Led the National League in winning percentage (.7 78) and complete games (2) and ranked among leaders in wins (T-6th), WHIP (6th, 1.04), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3rd, 5.81), walks per 9.0 innings (6th, 1.83), ERA (9th) and strikeouts per 9.0 innings (7th, 10.51) ... Struck out 200 batters for the first time in his career, leading Dodger pitchers with 215 strikeouts and ranking 10th in the NL in that category ... Buehler's five games with double-digit strikeouts and no walks were the most in the National League and only second to Justin Verlander (6) and Gerritt Cole (7) in the Major Leagues... according to STATS, his five such games are the most by any MLB pitcher 25 or younger in a season in the live-ball era (since 1920)...joined Pedro Martinez and Doc Gooden as the only MLB pitchers with multiple starts of 15 strikeouts and no walks in the same season (June 21 vs. Colorado and August 3 vs. San Diego)...had success against batters on both sides of the plate, holding left-handed hitters to a .218 average (74-for-339) and righties to a .226 mark (74-for-327)...was selected to his first All-Star Game after going 8-1 with a 3.46 ERA while posting a 0.99 WHIP in 17 first half starts...made two NLDS starts against the Nationals, allowing only one earned run in 12.2 innings of work, striking out 15 batters against six walks while posting a 0.87 WHIP.
Finished third in the Rookie of Year voting, going 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA (40 ER /137.1 IP) in 24 games (23 starts)… struck out 151 batters against just 37 walks and limited hitters to a .193 average ... Made his first career big league start on April 23 against Miami at Dodger Stadium after being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City ... As a starter, went 8-4 with a 2.31 ERA (35 ER /136.1 IP), a .185 opponents' batting average and a 0.92 WHIP… ranked among the best starters in the big leagues (min. 125 IP) in ERA (5th), opponents' batting average (3rd), opponents' OBP (.249, 5th), opponents' SLG (.282, 2nd), opponents' OPS (.531, 2nd), WHIP (5th), hits per nine innings (5.94, 3rd) and home runs per nine innings (0.73, 9th)…also ranked among NL starters in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.08, 8th) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.90, 12th) ... Finished the season with the lowest WHIP (0.92) among rookie pitchers with 20 or more starts since 1913, and the second lowest opponents' OBP (.249), behind just Dick Hughes' .248 mark in 1967 with the Cardinals…his .185 opponents' batting average also ranked the fourth lowest, while his .531 opponents' OPS was the fifth lowest ... Was dominant in the second half of the season, going 4-3 with a 2.03 ERA (18 ER /80.0 IP) and holding opposing hitters to a .165/.242/.266 slashline, while striking out 92 batters against just 24 walks in 13 starts… among starters with 10 or more starts since the All-Star break, he finished with the second best opponent's batting average in the big leagues, while ranking among the best in WHIP (0.88, 4th), ERA (5th) and strikeouts (T-10th) ... In 13 games (12 starts) at home, he put up a 4-3 record with a 1.93 ERA (16 ER /74.2 IP) and held hitters to a .174 average…among starters with 10 or more starts at home, his 0.83 WHIP was the best in the Majors, while his ERA (1.93 ERA, 8th) and opponents' batting average (.174, 3rd) ranked among the best in the big leagues ... Pitched in Game 163 against the Rockies and recorded the win to help the Dodgers secure their sixth straight NL West Title, after allowing just one hit and striking out three over 6.2 scoreless innings ... Made four Postseason starts (0-1), posting a 3.80 ERA (10 ER /23.2 IP), while limiting opponents to a .190 average and posting a 0.85 WHIP…struck out 29 batters against only four walks ... His eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings of Game 3 of the NLCS against the Brewers were the second-most in an NLCS start by a rookie in Dodger history, trailing just Tim Belcher, who struck out 10 in Game 2 of the 1988 NLCS vs. the Mets…his 7.0 innings pitched tied Belcher (1988 Game 5) and teammate Hyun-Jin Ryu (2013 Game 3) for the third-longest LCS start by a Dodger rookie, behind Fernando Valenzuela (8.2 IP, 1981 Game 5) and Belcher (8.1 IP, 1988 Game 2) ... Became just the second rookie in MLB history to start Game 7 of an LCS (Oct. 20 at MIL), joining Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2007 ALCS against Cleveland ... Started Game 3 of the World Series for the Dodgers, logging 7.0 shutout innings while allowing two hits and striking out seven batters without issuing a walk in a no-decision…became the third pitcher in World Series history to log those numbers or better in a Fall Classic contest, joining Roger Clemens (2000) and Don Larsen (1956)…Buehler is the first pitcher younger than 25 years old to accomplish the feat in any Postseason game ... Was named to Baseball America's 2018 All-Rookie Team.
Saw his first big league action in just his second professional season and made eight relief appearances going 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA (8 ER/9.1 IP)...In the Majors, he struck out 12 against eight walks in 9.1 innings...held left-handed hitters to a .188 average and limited the opposition to a .182 mark with runners in scoring position...Had his contract selected from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sept. 6 and made his big league debut the next day (Sept. 7), tossing 2.0 scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts against the Rockies...Recorded his first Major League win on Sept. 21, 2017 at Philadelphia, tossing a scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts in the Dodgers' 5-4 victory...Selected as the Dodgers Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 3-3 with one save and posting a 3.35 ERA (33 ER/88.2 IP) in 28 combined games (19 starts) with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City...rated by MLB.com as the Dodgers' No. 1 prospect and was rated by Baseball America as the 17th best overall prospect in baseball...In the minors, held hitters to a combined .208 average, while striking out 125 batters against just 31 walks in 88.2 innings...Named Texas League Pitcher of the Week in the week ending July 2 and was selected as MiLB.com Organizational All-Star.
In his first professional season, he went 1-0 and tossed a combined 5.0 scoreless innings in three games (one start) with Single-A Great Lakes and Rookie-level AZL Dodgers after recovering from elbow surgery...Collected a combined six strikeouts against three walks and did not issue a hit in all three outings.
Underwent UCL reconstruction (Tommy John) surgery performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Aug. 5.