Walker Buehler
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 185LBS | Age: 28

Draft: 2015 | Rd: 1, #24, Los Angeles Dodgers | Vanderbilt

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 6 3 4.02 12 12 0 65.0 58 1.29
6 Seasons 46 16 3.02 115 106 0 638.1 690 1.04
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 12 6-3 4.02 65.0 58 1.29
6 Seasons 115 46-16 3.02 638.1 690 1.04

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
Sweet
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2017 22 192 24 2 8.3 4.5 90.2 110.7 -1.2 29.2 .246 .408 .397 .346 .418 33.3 27.3 18.2 7.71 5.27
2018 23 2173 347 15 4.3 2.8 87.9 111.4 9.5 25.9 .202 .311 .247 .260 .322 32.0 27.9 6.8 2.62 2.81
2019 24 2838 478 26 5.4 3.5 89.3 111.3 12.8 34.5 .228 .369 .270 .277 .365 36.4 29.2 5.0 3.26 3.33
2020 25 600 93 6 6.5 4.1 90.0 110.4 19.5 28.0 .213 .390 .261 .290 .371 36.6 28.6 7.5 3.44 3.53
2021 26 3152 545 37 6.8 4.5 88.2 114.4 11.1 29.2 .218 .345 .255 .272 .336 37.1 26.0 6.4 2.47 3.08
2022 27 1046 197 13 6.6 4.7 87.9 113.8 7.2 34.0 .258 .418 .318 .320 .379 41.6 21.2 6.2 4.01 4.28
Player 10001 1684 99 5.9 3.9 88.6 114.4 11.1 30.5 .222 .356 .267 .279 .350 36.3 27.0 6.3
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.4 122.4 12.1 33.0 .245 .405 .316 .315 .368 35.8 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Buehler relies on 6 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(34.2%) ,
Cutter
(24.8%) ,
Curveball
(16.8%) ,
Slider
(11.7%) ,
Changeup
(7.8%) ,
Sinker
(4.7%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2017 66.7 12.5 20.8 0.0 29.2 45.8 25.0 0.0 66.7 4.2 16.7 4.2 8.3 4.5
2018 50.4 21.6 21.3 6.6 31.4 41.5 27.1 2.0 38.0 23.1 23.6 5.5 4.3 2.8
2019 43.1 25.1 27.0 4.8 31.2 41.6 27.2 1.7 32.4 25.1 26.6 7.9 5.4 3.5
2020 36.6 28.0 24.7 10.8 34.4 34.4 31.2 1.1 28.0 34.4 19.4 7.5 6.5 4.1
2021 46.2 25.1 21.8 6.8 35.4 40.6 24.0 6.8 33.2 25.5 21.7 5.5 6.8 4.5
2022 48.2 20.3 24.9 6.6 37.6 36.0 26.4 5.6 31.0 20.3 28.4 6.1 6.6 4.7
Player 46.2 23.8 23.7 6.3 33.5 40.3 26.2 3.8 33.9 24.5 24.0 6.4 5.9 3.9
MLB 44.9 23.1 25.0 7.1 36.8 37.7 25.4 3.8 33.0 24.6 24.4 5.7 6.7 4.6
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2022 Curveball LAD R 176 79.2 57.7 4.9 9 11.5 1.3 13
2022 Sinker LAD R 49 94.9 18.4 -3.7 -17 13.3 -2.4 -15
2022 Cutter LAD R 259 91.5 23.4 -0.1 -1 4.5 2.7 148
2022 Slider LAD R 122 83.5 37.2 -0.5 -1 13.9 5.7 70
2022 4-Seamer LAD R 358 95.2 13.3 1.2 9 5.9 -2.1 -26
2022 Changeup LAD R 82 90.5 28.3 -0.4 -1 13.7 -1.2 -8
2021 4-Seamer LAD R 1,398 95.3 12.0 2.3 16 3.1 -4.6 -60
2021 Slider LAD R 433 84.9 37.1 0.8 2 14.2 8.1 133
2021 Curveball LAD R 416 80.1 57.7 5.4 10 10.7 1.4 15
2021 Cutter LAD R 516 91.6 24.0 -0.7 -3 5.9 4.5 304
2021 Changeup LAD R 151 91.5 27.1 -0.1 0 13.0 -1.8 -12
2021 Sinker LAD R 234 95.3 16.6 -4.3 -21 13.3 -1.8 -12
2020 Curveball LAD R 96 81.9 54.5 5.1 10 11.9 3.2 37
2020 Cutter LAD R 85 92.7 21.3 1.2 5 5.5 3.7 206
2020 4-Seamer LAD R 323 96.8 9.9 3.5 26 5.2 -2.6 -33
2020 Sinker LAD R 52 97.2 14.1 -5.4 -28 13.8 -1.6 -10
2020 Slider LAD R 44 87.5 37.0 3.6 11 10.7 6.7 166
2019 Sinker LAD R 202 96.6 16.2 -3.8 -19 13.4 -1.6 -11
2019 Changeup LAD R 13 91.6 26.1 -0.4 -2 12.9 -1.7 -12
2019 Slider LAD R 402 86.8 38.0 3.5 10 11.1 6.6 150
2019 Curveball LAD R 340 80.7 59.2 7.0 13 10.3 1.6 19
2019 4-Seamer LAD R 1,504 96.5 11.7 2.4 17 4.8 -3.0 -38
2019 Cutter LAD R 369 92.8 22.7 0.1 1 5.4 3.6 194
2018 4-Seamer LAD R 848 96.2 11.8 2.6 18 3.7 -3.9 -51
2018 Cutter LAD R 161 92.3 23.6 0.2 1 5.9 3.8 180
2018 Sinker LAD R 391 96.1 15.5 -4.3 -22 12.4 -2.4 -16
2018 Slider LAD R 316 87.1 36.1 1.7 5 8.9 4.6 106
2018 Curveball LAD R 282 80.2 59.2 6.0 11 8.2 -0.2 -2
2018 Changeup LAD R 81 90.1 23.7 -3.9 -14 12.4 -1.9 -14
2017 Curveball LAD R 45 83.6 51.2 4.5 10 10.0 2.9 42
2017 Slider LAD R 13 92.1 24.4 -1.2 -5 8.5 6.3 288
2017 4-Seamer LAD R 126 98.2 7.7 3.5 31 2.2 -6.0 -73
2017 Sinker LAD R 8 98.0 14.1 -3.2 -19 7.8 -7.5 -49
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2022 4-Seamer 3.0 11 358 34.2 88 .368 .618 .460 13.2 9.1 9.3 .308 .583 .423 51.5
2022 Cutter -2.3 -6 259 24.8 65 .242 .290 .274 26.2 18.5 21.8 .274 .338 .290 30.0
2022 Curveball -2.3 -4 176 16.8 44 .171 .268 .229 30.2 22.7 18.2 .206 .315 .258 35.5
2022 Slider -0.9 -1 122 11.7 33 .182 .394 .241 39.4 45.5 25.4 .176 .377 .235 33.3
2022 Changeup -3.3 -3 82 7.8 29 .138 .241 .166 31.3 34.5 22.2 .184 .288 .205 42.1
2022 Sinker 2.9 1 49 4.7 15 .500 .643 .486 13.0 20.0 42.9 .417 .535 .433 63.6
2021 4-Seamer -1.3 -19 1,401 44.4 335 .203 .367 .296 20.1 23.6 19.1 .242 .425 .332 45.8
2021 Cutter -1.8 -9 516 16.4 133 .228 .398 .306 29.5 16.5 19.6 .239 .349 .288 17.8
2021 Slider -1.6 -7 434 13.8 137 .190 .277 .210 34.2 35.0 25.9 .173 .244 .181 30.3
2021 Curveball -1.1 -5 416 13.2 100 .175 .299 .218 35.4 43.0 28.3 .193 .318 .233 45.5
2021 Sinker -1.4 -3 234 7.4 62 .241 .310 .290 15.0 4.8 8.8 .255 .353 .292 43.6
2021 Changeup -3.6 -5 151 4.8 46 .130 .152 .128 33.3 37.0 25.4 .153 .177 .146 31.0
2020 4-Seamer -3.3 -11 323 53.8 67 .102 .119 .172 26.1 34.3 24.0 .125 .186 .200 30.6
2020 Curveball 3.6 4 96 16.0 20 .250 .750 .408 50.0 40.0 23.5 .311 .754 .437 50.0
2020 Cutter 2.1 2 85 14.2 31 .267 .400 .303 34.6 19.4 26.1 .301 .478 .370 29.2
2020 Sinker 4.7 2 52 8.7 16 .267 .667 .463 15.4 25.0 40.0 .202 .342 .257 63.6
2020 Slider 0.6 0 44 7.3 13 .091 .364 .331 4.5 7.7 4.2 .292 .650 .439 30.0
2019 4-Seamer -1.3 -19 1,505 53.0 334 .205 .368 .280 24.5 30.8 24.9 .217 .392 .282 40.0
2019 Slider -0.7 -3 402 14.2 135 .209 .326 .246 32.2 34.8 24.4 .218 .322 .246 30.1
2019 Cutter 0.1 0 369 13.0 112 .231 .404 .332 26.2 20.5 34.8 .239 .337 .278 29.6
2019 Curveball 0.4 1 340 12.0 90 .292 .416 .311 37.0 38.9 25.5 .227 .359 .251 33.3
2019 Sinker -1.6 -3 202 7.1 64 .204 .296 .295 13.7 10.9 14.9 .284 .425 .356 47.9
2019 Changeup 7.8 1 13 0.5 2 1.000 1.000 .900 0.0 0.0 0.0 .514 .581 .465 0.0
2018 4-Seamer -1.1 -9 848 39.0 192 .176 .347 .260 30.4 38.0 23.0 .203 .351 .271 29.5
2018 Sinker -1.4 -6 391 18.0 96 .217 .265 .284 16.7 17.7 17.0 .190 .247 .258 26.9
2018 Slider -2.4 -8 316 14.5 106 .194 .282 .214 30.2 27.4 29.9 .160 .241 .183 30.7
2018 Curveball -0.7 -2 282 13.0 49 .196 .217 .215 27.2 32.7 16.8 .216 .283 .249 43.3
2018 Cutter -2.1 -3 161 7.4 48 .195 .293 .305 18.0 12.5 13.6 .275 .435 .356 47.2
2018 Changeup 3.1 3 81 3.7 28 .346 .538 .404 7.1 7.1 7.7 .324 .488 .379 25.0
2017 4-Seamer 4.1 5 126 65.6 27 .381 .667 .504 31.6 29.6 20.5 .258 .510 .406 46.2
2017 Curveball -3.9 -2 45 23.4 12 .182 .182 .208 16.7 33.3 21.1 .247 .291 .276 0.0
2017 Slider 7.0 1 13 6.8 2 .500 1.000 .625 20.0 0.0 0.0 .259 .280 .236 100.0
2017 Sinker -15.9 -1 8 4.2 2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .104 .115 .094 0.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2017 43 192 0 0 3 1 3
2018 608 2,438 -21 -22 8 8 -27
2019 786 3,048 -18 -31 10 10 -28
2020 251 1,050 -9 -10 5 3 -10
2021 896 3,475 -28 -43 17 10 -44
2022 274 1,046 1 -9 3 3 -2
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2017 192 53.6 60.2 82.3 24.7 50.0 43.2 60.5 43.8 26.2 8.9 58.8
2018 2,173 52.3 67.2 80.5 29.9 56.2 41.4 63.6 49.1 25.5 9.0 76.6
2019 2,838 53.0 66.3 79.9 32.5 56.3 43.1 65.8 50.3 26.7 7.9 78.6
2020 600 52.0 63.5 78.3 27.8 55.0 43.0 58.5 46.3 28.4 8.3 72.0
2021 3,152 51.2 67.2 82.1 30.2 51.3 43.9 65.4 49.2 26.3 7.6 78.2
2022 1,046 46.7 69.9 85.1 32.0 56.2 42.4 62.0 49.7 24.8 6.7 77.1
Player 10,001 51.6 66.8 81.2 30.7 54.5 42.9 64.3 49.3 26.2 8.0 77.0
MLB 48.5 66.9 82.0 28.4 58.3 42.6 60.8 47.1 24.7 7.2 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2017 98 92 64
2018 93 88 91 89 92 53 88 63 76 82 74 55 73 89 88 84 52
2019 85 68 74 77 89 30 80 31 51 82 93 60 83 87 93 94 61
2020 71 76 54 38 81 46 57 20 53 74 63 62 52 89 98 96 47
2021 87 76 80 79 88 10 63 64 63 65 78 51 72 71 94 90 55
2022 31 21 25 28 45 62 63 63 18 39 77 43 75 53 70 77 62
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2017 23.2 2 1.4 1 0 2 0 0.0
2018 22.2 15 10.4 5 8 10 4 26.7
2019 22.1 20 16.8 3 16 15 6 30.0
2020 24.1 9 7.8 1 4 6 4 44.4
2021 22.6 22 23.1 -1 10 20 9 40.9
2022 24.1 8 7.2 1 2 4 4 50.0
Player 22.8 76 66.8 9 40 57 27 35.5

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2017 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 1 2 1 2 0 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 2
2018 15 13 16 9 8 13 7 15 10 7 12 9 6 8 8 12 9 13 8 9 10 10 7 11 13 15 14 6 11 7 16
2019 20 18 24 12 18 11 19 22 17 18 16 15 7 16 16 20 16 22 12 17 22 13 12 17 14 21 17 15 20 13 25
2020 9 7 12 6 8 6 0 9 10 9 7 7 5 9 7 9 10 9 7 8 8 6 7 8 7 9 6 6 9 7 10
2021 22 29 24 21 24 28 20 27 21 23 24 26 15 15 18 25 26 26 19 19 24 24 22 26 26 22 25 21 21 22 31
2022 8 8 9 8 8 8 6 7 6 6 7 7 6 5 6 8 7 8 6 6 9 8 7 8 8 7 8 8 7 7 8
Player 76 77 87 58 67 68 53 81 65 65 67 66 40 53 56 76 69 80 52 60 75 62 56 72 70 75 72 57 69 58 92
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 98.2 95.7 -2.5 95.9 0.2 96.1 0.2 94.4 -1.7 93.7 -0.7
Offspeed Velocity 0 90.1 0 91.6 1.5 0 0 91.5 0 90.5 -1
Breaking Velocity 85.5 83.9 -1.6 84 0.1 83.7 -0.3 82.5 -1.2 81 -1.5
Exit Velocity 90.2 87.9 -2.3 89.3 1.4 90 0.7 88.2 -1.8 87.9 -0.3
Launch Angle -1.2 9.5 10.7 12.8 3.3 19.5 6.7 11.1 -8.4 7.2 -3.9
Barrel % 8.3 4.3 -4 5.4 1.1 6.5 1.1 6.8 0.3 6.6 -0.2
Hard Hit % 33.3 32 -1.3 36.4 4.4 36.6 0.2 37.1 0.5 41.6 4.5
Sweet Spot % 29.2 25.9 -3.3 34.5 8.6 28 -6.5 29.2 1.2 34 4.8
xBA .246 .202 -0.044 .228 0.026 .213 -0.015 .218 0.005 .258 0.04
BA .306 .193 -0.113 .223 0.03 .178 -0.045 .199 0.021 .263 0.064
xwOBA .346 .26 -0.086 .277 0.017 .29 0.013 .272 -0.018 .32 0.048
wOBA .397 .247 -0.15 .27 0.023 .261 -0.009 .255 -0.006 .318 0.063
xSLG .408 .311 -0.097 .369 0.058 .39 0.021 .345 -0.045 .418 0.073
SLG .5 .3 -0.2 .368 0.068 .356 -0.012 .329 -0.027 .412 0.083
K% 27.3 27.9 0.6 29.2 1.3 28.6 -0.6 26 -2.6 21.2 -4.8
BB% 18.2 6.8 -11.4 5 -1.8 7.5 2.5 6.4 -1.1 6.2 -0.2
Swing % 43.8 49.1 5.3 50.3 1.2 46.3 -4 49.2 2.9 49.7 0.5
Whiff% 26.2 25.5 -0.7 26.7 1.2 28.4 1.7 26.3 -2.1 24.8 -1.5
In Zone % 53.6 52.3 -1.3 53 0.7 52 -1 51.2 -0.8 46.7 -4.5
Out of Zone % 46.4 47.7 1.3 47 -0.7 48 1 48.8 0.8 53.3 4.5
Out of Zone Swing % 24.7 29.9 5.2 32.5 2.6 27.8 -4.7 30.2 2.4 32 1.8
First Pitch Swing % 25.6 26.6 1 33.5 6.9 25.2 -8.3 33.3 8.1 32.8 -0.5
First Pitch Strike % 60.5 63.6 3.1 65.8 2.2 58.5 -7.3 65.4 6.9 62 -3.4
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2017 43 .397 24 0 0.0 19 0 0.0
2018 520 .252 272 28 10.3 248 73 29.4
2019 737 .270 355 96 27.0 382 204 53.4
2020 147 .261 68 21 30.9 79 56 70.9
2021 796 .248 386 69 17.9 410 270 65.9
2022 274 .318 118 36 30.5 156 113 72.4

Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2017 46 18.6 13.0% 2.2% 48 22.3 0.0% 18.8%
2018 676 17.0 26.0% 1.0% 292 22.7 0.0% 9.2%
2019 870 16.0 38.3% 1.3% 387 22.6 0.3% 6.7%
2020 207 16.4 36.7% 1.9% 78 22.9 0.0% 11.5%
2021 946 16.1 35.2% 0.8% 483 22.8 0.2% 8.5%
2022 296 16.0 38.9% 1.4% 163 22.2 0.6% 7.4%
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Pitch Distribution