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Walker Buehler
Popularity: ↑ 49%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 185LBS | Age: 26

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

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 1 0 3.44 8 8 0 36.2 42 0.95
4 Seasons 24 9 3.15 70 61 0 365.2 420 1.03
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 8 1-0 3.44 36.2 42 0.95
4 Seasons 70 24-9 3.15 365.2 420 1.03

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2017 192 24 2 8.3 90.2 -1.2 29.2 .263 .423 .397 .362 .446 33.3 27.3 18.2 7.71 5.58
2018 2173 347 15 4.3 87.9 9.5 25.9 .205 .315 .247 .263 .327 32.0 27.9 6.8 2.62 2.76
2019 2838 478 26 5.4 89.3 12.5 34.5 .231 .376 .270 .282 .372 36.4 29.2 5.0 3.26 3.32
2020 600 93 6 6.5 90 19.5 28.0 .217 .396 .257 .283 .360 36.6 28.6 7.5 3.44 3.62
ALL 5803 942 49 5.2 88.9 11.7 30.6 .221 .357 .264 .278 .357 34.7 28.6 6.3
MLB 43640 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Buehler relies on 5 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(53.8%) ,
Curveball
(16%) ,
Cutter
(14.3%) ,
Sinker
(8.7%) ,
Slider
(7.2%) ,


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Pitch Tracking

Year Pitch Type # # RHB # LHB % MPH PA AB H 1B 2B 3B HR SO BBE BA XBA SLG XSLG WOBA XWOBA EV LA Spin Whiff% PutAway%
2020 4-Seam Fastball 323 152 171 53.8 96.8 67 59 6 5 1 0 0 23 36 .102 .129 .119 .190 .165 .199 89.3 26 2546 26.1 24.0
2020 Curveball 96 28 68 16.0 81.9 20 20 5 1 1 0 3 8 12 .250 .319 .750 .764 .395 .423 94.2 8 3042 50.0 23.5
2020 Cutter 86 51 35 14.3 92.7 32 31 8 6 1 0 1 6 25 .258 .312 .387 .505 .283 .341 88.3 19 2830 34.0 25.0
2020 Sinker 52 18 34 8.7 97.2 16 15 4 2 0 0 2 4 11 .267 .206 .667 .357 .396 .261 92.7 10 2451 15.4 40.0
2020 Slider 43 29 14 7.2 87.4 12 10 1 0 0 0 1 1 9 .100 .269 .400 .595 .277 .395 88.0 24 2948 4.8 4.3
2019 4-Seam Fastball 1505 739 766 53.2 96.5 334 307 63 40 9 1 13 103 210 .205 .222 .368 .400 .262 .287 91.3 18 2456 24.6 24.9
2019 Slider 402 232 170 14.2 86.8 135 129 27 20 3 0 4 47 83 .209 .218 .326 .325 .239 .247 86.2 10 2867 32.2 24.4
2019 Cutter 369 172 197 13.0 92.8 112 104 24 13 6 3 2 23 81 .231 .239 .404 .339 .291 .280 86.4 12 2713 26.6 34.8
2019 Curveball 340 135 205 12.0 80.7 90 89 26 18 6 1 1 35 54 .292 .227 .416 .365 .301 .255 88.5 5 2915 37.3 25.5
2019 Sinker 202 70 132 7.1 96.6 64 54 11 6 5 0 0 7 48 .204 .291 .296 .441 .274 .364 90.5 7 2346 13.7 14.9
2019 Changeup 13 0 13 0.5 91.5 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 1.000 .587 1.000 .654 .870 .543 88.0 -2 1516 0.0 0.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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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
2020 Curveball LAD R 96 81.9 54.5 5 10 11.9 3.2 37
2020 Slider LAD R 43 87.4 37.1 3.8 11 10.8 6.8 171
2020 Sinker LAD R 52 97.2 14.1 -5.3 -27 13.8 -1.5 -10
2020 4-Seamer LAD R 323 96.8 9.9 3.5 26 5.2 -2.5 -32
2020 Cutter LAD R 86 92.7 21.4 1.1 5 5.6 3.8 209
2019 Sinker LAD R 202 96.6 16.2 -3.9 -20 13.4 -1.8 -12
2019 Slider LAD R 402 86.8 38 3.5 10 11.1 6.6 149
2019 Cutter LAD R 369 92.8 22.7 0.2 1 5.4 3.6 193
2019 Curveball LAD R 340 80.7 59.2 7 13 10.3 1.6 19
2019 Changeup LAD R 13 91.5 26.1 -0.4 -2 12.9 -1.7 -12
2019 4-Seamer LAD R 1504 96.5 11.7 2.4 17 4.8 -3 -38
2018 Slider LAD R 316 87.1 36.1 1.7 5 8.9 4.6 106
2018 Sinker LAD R 391 96.1 15.5 -4.3 -22 12.4 -2.4 -16
2018 Cutter LAD R 161 92.3 23.6 0.2 1 5.9 3.8 180
2018 Curveball LAD R 282 80.2 59.2 5.9 11 8.2 -0.2 -2
2018 Changeup LAD R 81 90.1 23.7 -3.8 -14 12.4 -2 -14
2018 4-Seamer LAD R 848 96.2 11.8 2.6 18 3.7 -3.9 -51
2017 4-Seamer LAD R 126 98.2 7.7 3.5 31 2.2 -6 -73
2017 Curveball LAD R 45 83.6 51.2 4.4 9 10 2.9 40
2017 Sinker LAD R 8 98 14.1 -3.3 -19 7.8 -7.5 -49
2017 Slider LAD R 13 92.1 24.4 -1.2 -5 8.5 6.3 289
! 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 %
2020 Slider 1.6 1 43 7.2 12 .100 .400 .358 4.8 8.3 4.3 .269 .595 .396 22.2
2020 Sinker 3.8 2 52 8.7 16 .267 .667 .463 15.4 25.0 40.0 .206 .357 .260 63.6
2020 Curveball 3.7 4 96 16.0 20 .250 .750 .408 50.0 40.0 23.5 .319 .764 .423 50.0
2020 Cutter 0.6 1 86 14.3 32 .258 .387 .270 34.0 18.8 25.0 .312 .505 .341 32.0
2020 4-Seamer -3.2 -10 323 53.8 67 .102 .119 .172 26.1 34.3 24.0 .129 .190 .200 30.6
2019 Changeup 8.1 1 13 0.5 2 1.000 1.000 .900 0.0 0.0 0.0 .587 .654 .543 0.0
2019 Sinker -2.7 -5 202 7.1 64 .204 .296 .280 13.7 10.9 14.9 .291 .441 .365 47.9
2019 Curveball 0.6 2 340 12.0 90 .292 .416 .311 37.3 38.9 25.5 .227 .365 .255 33.3
2019 Cutter 0.1 0 369 13.0 112 .231 .404 .332 26.6 20.5 34.8 .239 .339 .280 29.6
2019 Slider -0.7 -3 402 14.2 135 .209 .326 .246 32.2 34.8 24.4 .218 .325 .247 30.1
2019 4-Seamer -1.4 -22 1505 53.0 334 .205 .368 .277 24.6 30.8 24.9 .222 .400 .287 40.0
2018 Changeup 3.3 3 81 3.7 28 .346 .538 .404 7.1 7.1 7.7 .332 .499 .384 25.0
2018 Cutter -2.1 -3 161 7.4 48 .195 .293 .305 18.2 12.5 13.6 .272 .435 .355 47.2
2018 Curveball -0.6 -2 282 13.0 49 .196 .217 .215 27.2 32.7 16.8 .213 .272 .243 43.3
2018 Sinker -1.5 -6 391 18.0 96 .217 .265 .284 16.9 17.7 17.0 .196 .256 .264 26.9
2018 Slider -2.4 -8 316 14.5 106 .194 .282 .214 30.3 27.4 29.9 .169 .252 .192 30.7
2018 4-Seamer -1.0 -8 848 39.0 192 .176 .347 .260 30.8 38.0 23.0 .205 .351 .273 29.5
2017 Slider 7.1 1 13 6.8 2 .500 1.000 .625 20.0 0.0 0.0 .344 .375 .345 100.0
2017 Sinker -15.9 -1 8 4.2 2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .075 .077 .068 0.0
2017 Curveball -3.6 -2 45 23.4 12 .182 .182 .208 16.7 33.3 21.1 .263 .309 .291 0.0
2017 4-Seamer 4.2 5 126 65.6 27 .381 .667 .504 31.6 29.6 20.5 .273 .520 .418 46.2
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2020 Curveball 93 81.9 80 21.1 7:00 7:15 -15
2020 Slider 38 87.4 46 12.2 1:45 8:30 315
2020 4-Seam Fastball 292 96.9 92 19.6 12:30 12:30 0
2020 Sinker 49 97.3 90 20.4 12:45 1:30 -45
2020 Cutter 81 92.7 49 11.4 11:45 11:00 45
! Note: This table is showing data from the PITCHER perspective.
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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 600 2420 -21 -22 8 8 -26
2019 777 3031 -18 -32 10 9 -31
2020 250 1049 -9 -11 6 3 -11
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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 59.1 43.8 26.2 8.9 58.8
2018 2173 52.3 66.1 81.8 29.9 56.2 41.4 63.6 48.6 25.8 9.0 76.1
2019 2838 53.0 66.1 80.1 32.1 56.9 43.1 65.8 50.0 26.8 7.9 77.8
2020 600 52.0 63.5 78.3 27.8 55.0 43.0 58.5 46.3 28.4 8.3 72.0
ALL 5803 52.7 65.6 80.6 30.6 56.3 42.5 64.1 48.9 26.6 8.4 75.8
MLB 48.4 66.1 82.8 28.2 59.4 42.6 60.6 46.6 24.5 7.2 75.1

Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel %
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
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
2019 43.1 25.1 27.0 4.8 31.2 41.6 27.2 1.5 32.4 24.7 26.6 7.9 5.4
2020 36.6 29.0 23.7 10.8 34.4 34.4 31.2 1.1 28.0 34.4 19.4 7.5 6.5
ALL 45.8 23.9 24.4 5.9 31.5 41.0 27.5 1.6 34.9 24.5 24.5 6.9 5.2
MLB 45.3 22.0 25.7 7.1 36.6 38.0 25.5 3.2 33.6 24.3 24.6 5.6 6.4

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2017
2018 94 88 91 90 92 53 88 63 76 82 74 55 94 88 87 86
2019 85 70 74 76 90 30 81 31 51 82 93 60 85 87 92 95
2020 69 74 52 37 81 46 57 20 53 74 63 62 69 88 97 97
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2019 22.1 20 18.0 2.0 11 19 5 25.0
2020 24.1 9 8.5 0.5 4 7 4 44.4

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 20 19 25 16 25 11 18 24 18 22 19 18 6 19 18 25 12 21 18 22 9 13 15 22 14 23 16 16 21 12 23
2020 9 9 13 9 11 8 8 11 9 10 8 9 5 7 8 10 7 9 8 9 6 7 8 8 8 10 7 7 9 6 10
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights and distances, but does not attempt to adjust for 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 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 98.2 95.7 -2.5 95.9 0.2 96.1 0.2
Offspeed Velocity 0 90.1 0 91.5 1.4 0 0
Breaking Velocity 85.5 83.9 -1.6 84 0.1 83.6 -0.4
Exit Velocity 90.2 87.9 -2.3 89.3 1.4 90 0.7
Launch Angle -1.2 9.5 10.7 12.5 3 19.5 7
Barrel % 8.3 4.3 -4 5.4 1.1 6.5 1.1
Hard Hit % 33.3 32 -1.3 36.4 4.4 36.6 0.2
Sweet Spot % 29.2 25.9 -3.3 34.5 8.6 28 -6.5
xBA .263 .205 -0.058 .231 0.026 .217 -0.014
BA .306 .193 -0.113 .223 0.03 .178 -0.045
xwOBA .362 .263 -0.099 .282 0.019 .283 0.001
wOBA .397 .247 -0.15 .27 0.023 .257 -0.013
xSLG .423 .315 -0.108 .376 0.061 .396 0.02
SLG .5 .3 -0.2 .368 0.068 .356 -0.012
K% 27.3 27.9 0.6 29.2 1.3 28.6 -0.6
BB% 18.2 6.8 -11.4 5 -1.8 7.5 2.5
Swing % 43.8 48.6 4.8 50 1.4 46.3 -3.7
Whiff% 26.2 25.8 -0.4 26.8 1 28.4 1.6
In Zone Swing % 53.6 52.3 -1.3 53 0.7 52 -1
Out of Zone Swing % 46.4 47.7 1.3 47 -0.7 48 1
First Pitch Swing % 25 25.3 0.3 32.8 7.5 25.2 -7.6
First Pitch Strike % 59.1 63.6 4.5 65.8 2.2 58.5 -7.3
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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 .257 68 21 30.9 79 56 70.9

Pitch Distribution