Walker Anthony Buehler...played college ball at Vanderbilt University and was a member of the 2014 College World Series championship team...pitched against UC Irvine 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 Henry Clay (KY) High School...was named a two-time Kentucky All-State and two-time All-City team member and had his jersey retired at the high school...owns the single-season strikeout record at Henry Clay HS with 98 strikeouts over 66.0 innings...drafted by the Pirates in the 14th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Henry 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.
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.