Walker Buehler
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 2" 185LBS | Age: 29
Draft: 2015 | Rd: 1, #24, Los Angeles Dodgers | Vanderbilt
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 1 0 3.44 8 8 0 36.2 42 0.95
2021 16 4 2.47 33 33 0 207.2 212 0.97
2022 6 3 4.02 12 12 0 65 58 1.29
6 Seasons 46 16 3.02 115 106 0 638.1 690 1.04
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 8 1-0 3.44 36.2 42 0.95
2021 33 16-4 2.47 207.2 212 0.97
2022 12 6-3 4.02 65 58 1.29
6 Seasons 115 46-16 3.02 638.1 690 1.04
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

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 .364 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 .278 .349 36.3 27.0 6.3
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.3 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
(33.8%) ,
Cutter
(24.8%) ,
Curveball
(16.8%) ,
Slider
(11.8%) ,
Changeup
(7.8%) ,
Sinker
(5%) ,


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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 44.6 23.5 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! 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 4.8 9 11.5 1.4 14
2022 4-Seamer LAD R 354 95.2 13.2 1.3 9 5.9 -2.1 -27
2022 Changeup LAD R 82 90.5 28.3 -0.4 -1 13.7 -1.2 -8
2022 Slider LAD R 123 83.6 37.2 -0.5 -1 13.9 7.2 108
2022 Cutter LAD R 259 91.5 23.4 0.0 0 4.4 2.6 137
2022 Sinker LAD R 52 95.0 18.2 -4.1 -18 13.0 -2.7 -17
2021 Changeup LAD R 151 91.5 27.1 -0.1 0 13.0 -1.8 -12
2021 Slider LAD R 433 84.9 37.1 0.8 2 14.2 8.6 153
2021 Curveball LAD R 416 80.1 57.7 5.2 10 10.7 1.6 17
2021 Cutter LAD R 516 91.6 24.0 -0.7 -3 5.9 4.5 301
2021 Sinker LAD R 234 95.3 16.6 -4.5 -21 13.3 -1.9 -12
2021 4-Seamer LAD R 1,398 95.3 12.0 2.3 16 3.1 -4.7 -60
2020 Curveball LAD R 96 81.9 54.5 4.8 10 11.9 3.4 41
2020 Slider LAD R 44 87.5 37.0 3.6 11 10.7 6.7 167
2020 4-Seamer LAD R 323 96.8 9.9 3.6 26 5.2 -2.6 -33
2020 Cutter LAD R 85 92.7 21.3 1.2 5 5.5 3.7 207
2020 Sinker LAD R 52 97.2 14.1 -5.6 -29 13.8 -1.8 -12
2019 Sinker LAD R 202 96.6 16.2 -3.8 -19 13.4 -1.6 -11
2019 Cutter LAD R 369 92.8 22.7 0.2 1 5.4 3.6 198
2019 Curveball LAD R 340 80.7 59.2 6.9 13 10.3 1.8 21
2019 4-Seamer LAD R 1,504 96.5 11.7 2.4 17 4.8 -3.0 -38
2019 Slider LAD R 402 86.8 38.0 3.5 10 11.1 6.9 164
2019 Changeup LAD R 13 91.6 26.1 -0.4 -2 12.9 -1.7 -12
2018 Cutter LAD R 161 92.3 23.6 0.2 1 5.9 3.8 179
2018 Slider LAD R 316 87.1 36.1 1.8 5 8.9 4.7 113
2018 Changeup LAD R 81 90.1 23.7 -3.8 -14 12.4 -1.9 -13
2018 Sinker LAD R 391 96.1 15.5 -4.3 -22 12.4 -2.4 -16
2018 Curveball LAD R 282 80.2 59.2 5.9 11 8.2 -0.1 -1
2018 4-Seamer LAD R 848 96.2 11.8 2.6 18 3.7 -3.9 -51
2017 Curveball LAD R 45 83.6 51.2 4.4 9 10.0 3.1 45
2017 Slider LAD R 13 92.1 24.4 -1.2 -5 8.5 6.3 287
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 -18 7.8 -7.4 -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 -2.5 -9 354 33.8 86 .365 .581 .448 13.4 9.3 9.3 .301 .562 .414 50.0
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 .259 35.5
2022 Slider 0.9 1 123 11.8 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 -6.5 -3 52 5.0 17 .500 .813 .550 12.0 17.6 42.9 .436 .643 .481 69.2
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 1.7 9 516 16.4 133 .228 .398 .306 29.5 16.5 19.6 .239 .349 .289 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 .192 .317 .232 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 .176 .146 31.0
2020 4-Seamer 3.3 11 323 53.8 67 .102 .119 .172 26.1 34.3 24.0 .126 .186 .201 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 .299 .477 .369 29.2
2020 Sinker -4.7 -2 52 8.7 16 .267 .667 .463 15.4 25.0 40.0 .200 .340 .255 63.6
2020 Slider -0.6 0 44 7.3 13 .091 .364 .331 4.5 7.7 4.2 .291 .649 .438 30.0
2019 4-Seamer 1.3 20 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 .424 .355 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 1.0 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 2.5 8 316 14.5 106 .194 .282 .214 30.2 27.4 29.9 .160 .241 .182 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 .487 .378 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.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2022 Changeup 80 90.5 94 15.2 1:45 2:30 -45
2022 Cutter 258 91.5 55 9.9 11:45 11:00 45
2022 4-Seam Fastball 353 95.2 92 17.5 12:45 12:45 0
2022 Knuckle Curve 175 79.2 85 20.6 7:15 7:15 0
2022 Sinker 52 95.0 90 17.9 1:00 1:45 -45
2022 Slider 123 83.6 51 15.0 8:45 9:00 -15
2021 Changeup 145 91.5 93 14.6 1:45 2:30 -45
2021 Cutter 511 91.6 46 10.2 11:30 10:30 60
2021 4-Seam Fastball 1,393 95.3 87 17.9 12:30 12:15 15
2021 Knuckle Curve 406 80.1 86 21.0 7:00 7:00 0
2021 Sinker 234 95.3 83 19.0 1:00 1:30 -30
2021 Slider 423 84.8 52 15.2 8:30 9:00 -30
2020 Cutter 64 92.9 49 11.2 11:45 11:00 45
2020 4-Seam Fastball 277 96.9 92 19.6 12:30 12:30 0
2020 Knuckle Curve 80 81.9 82 21.4 7:00 7:15 -15
2020 Sinker 48 97.3 90 20.4 12:45 1:30 -45
2020 Slider 14 87.3 45 12.3 9:15 8:30 45
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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 30 -11 -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 43.8 60.5 43.8 26.2 8.9 58.8
2018 2,173 52.2 67.1 80.7 30.0 56.0 41.4 63.6 49.1 25.5 9.0 76.5
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 8.5 72.5
2021 3,152 51.3 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 6.8 77.5
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 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 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 93 62
2018 92 88 90 89 92 53 88 63 76 82 74 55 74 91 86 84 55
2019 85 68 73 76 89 30 80 31 51 82 93 60 83 91 89 94 66
2020 71 76 54 38 82 46 57 20 53 74 63 62 52 94 96 96 48
2021 87 76 80 79 88 10 63 64 63 65 78 51 71 78 93 90 55
2022 31 21 25 28 45 62 63 63 18 39 77 43 75 72 58 76 61
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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 1.2 1 0 2 0 0.0
2018 22.2 15 10.6 4 9 9 4 26.7
2019 22.1 20 17.4 3 16 13 7 35.0
2020 24.1 9 7.7 1 2 7 4 44.4
2021 22.6 22 22.0 0 8 19 9 40.9
2022 24.1 8 7.3 1 1 4 4 50.0
Player 22.8 76 66.2 10 36 54 28 36.8

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2017 2 1 1 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 1 0
2018 15 16 6 12 10 8 15 9 8 6 9 14 14 9 8 15 10 9 11 15 12 11 17 15 8 6 7 10 12 8 8
2019 20 23 15 18 18 17 20 16 15 9 15 22 19 14 18 13 13 13 19 20 16 21 25 20 13 17 16 24 24 15 15
2020 9 10 8 8 9 8 10 6 8 5 7 10 7 6 8 8 7 6 8 9 8 8 10 6 7 5 10 8 9 8 5
2021 22 24 21 25 22 17 23 26 15 16 16 23 27 20 22 28 21 19 24 22 23 20 31 26 21 20 24 24 23 17 19
2022 8 7 8 7 6 6 8 7 5 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 8 7 8 8 8 8 7 8 7 8 8 6 6
Player 76 81 59 71 66 56 78 65 51 42 54 78 77 59 65 74 60 55 72 74 69 69 93 77 58 57 65 76 78 55 53
! 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 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 0.0 90.1 0.0 91.6 1.5 0.0 0.0 91.5 0.0 90.5 -1.0
Breaking Velocity 85.5 83.9 -1.6 84.0 0.1 83.7 -0.3 82.5 -1.2 81.0 -1.5
Exit Velocity 90.2 87.9 -2.3 89.3 1.4 90.0 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 -4.0 5.4 1.1 6.5 1.1 6.8 0.3 6.6 -0.2
Hard Hit % 33.3 32.0 -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 28.0 -6.5 29.2 1.2 34.0 4.8
xBA .246 .202 -0.044 .228 0.026 .213 -0.015 .218 0.005 .258 0.040
BA .306 .193 -0.113 .223 0.030 .178 -0.045 .199 0.021 .263 0.064
xwOBA .346 .260 -0.086 .277 0.017 .290 0.013 .272 -0.018 .320 0.048
wOBA .397 .247 -0.150 .270 0.023 .261 -0.009 .255 -0.006 .318 0.063
xSLG .408 .311 -0.097 .369 0.058 .390 0.021 .345 -0.045 .418 0.073
SLG .500 .300 -0.200 .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 26.0 -2.6 21.2 -4.8
BB% 18.2 6.8 -11.4 5.0 -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 -4.0 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 52.2 -1.4 53.0 0.8 52.0 -1.0 51.3 -0.7 46.7 -4.6
Out of Zone % 46.4 47.8 1.4 47.0 -0.8 48.0 1.0 48.7 0.7 53.3 4.6
Out of Zone Swing % 24.7 30.0 5.3 32.5 2.5 27.8 -4.7 30.2 2.4 32.0 1.8
First Pitch Swing % 25.6 26.6 1.0 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 62.0 -3.4
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2017 Shifts 43 .397 24 0 0.0 19 1 5.3
2018 Shifts 520 .252 272 29 10.7 248 94 37.9
2019 Shifts 737 .270 355 96 27.0 382 237 62.0
2020 Shifts 147 .261 68 21 30.9 79 71 89.9
2021 Shifts 796 .248 386 70 18.1 410 339 82.7
2022 Shifts 274 .318 118 36 30.5 156 120 76.9
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2017 46 18.6 13.0% 2.2% 44 22.0 0.0% 13.6%
2018 640 17.1 25.3% 0.9% 277 22.7 0.0% 7.2%
2019 865 16.0 38.4% 1.0% 377 22.5 0.3% 5.0%
2020 206 16.3 36.9% 1.5% 68 22.4 0.0% 1.5%
2021 942 16.1 35.4% 0.4% 469 22.6 0.2% 6.0%
2022 293 16.0 39.2% 0.3% 156 22.0 0.6% 3.8%
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Pitch Distribution