2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Walker Buehler
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
With starting pitchers rising in terms of draft capital, Walker Buehler will be an intriguing target. Buehler won 14 of his 18 decisions last year during his 30 starts spanning 182.1 innings of work. He struck out 215 batters versus 37 walks with a 3.26 ERA, 3.01 FIP and 1.04 WHIP in one of the most hitter friendly environments in the live ball era. Pitching for a team forecast to win at least 60 percent of its contests also makes him more alluring.
Buehler made improvements last season increasing his swinging strike percentage and O-Swing percentage while reducing both contact rate along with Z-Contact (in the strike zone). Armed with a 29.2 strikeout percentage and minuscule five percent walk rate, Buehler’s 24.2 strikeouts minus walks percent ranked seventh among his peers. In the National League, Buehler tied for sixth in wins, finished ninth in ERA, ninth in opponents batting average (.223) and sixth in WHIP. He posted two of the top strikeout performances without issuing...