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Walker Buehler
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
2021 1 0 2.00 3 3 0 18.0 12 1.00
5 Seasons 25 9 3.10 73 64 0 383.2 432 1.03
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 3 1-0 2.00 18.0 12 1.00
5 Seasons 73 25-9 3.10 383.2 432 1.03

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Max EV Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2017 192 24 2 8.3 90.2 110.7 -1.2 29.2 .247 .409 .397 .347 .419 33.3 27.3 18.2 7.71 5.38
2018 2173 347 15 4.3 87.9 111.4 9.5 25.9 .198 .303 .247 .254 .312 32 27.9 6.8 2.62 2.70
2019 2838 478 26 5.4 89.3 111.3 12.8 34.5 .227 .368 .270 .276 .363 36.4 29.2 5 3.26 3.38
2020 600 93 6 6.5 90 110.4 19.5 28 .209 .381 .266 .289 .359 36.6 28.6 7.5 3.44 3.53
2021 273 57 6 10.5 91.6 111 13.4 29.8 .294 .538 .274 .353 .422 49.1 17.1 1.4 2.00 4.75
6076 999 55 5.5 89 111.4 11.9 30.5 .219 .356 .265 .275 .350 35.6 28.1 6.1
6.4 88.3 122.2 11.9 32.8 .243 .402 .318 .313 .362 35.1 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Buehler relies on 5 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(60.1%) ,
Curveball
(17.6%) ,
Cutter
(9.2%) ,
Slider
(8.8%) ,
Sinker
(4.4%) ,


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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 Ext. Whiff% PutAway%
2021 4-Seam Fastball 164 110 54 60.1 95.1 44 42 11 8 2 0 1 7 36 0.262 0.296 0.381 0.556 0.289 0.363 90.3 20 2651 6.4 13.4 13.0
2021 Curveball 48 25 23 17.6 80.5 9 9 3 2 0 0 1 3 6 0.333 0.226 0.667 0.424 0.427 0.269 91.8 1 3054 6.4 52.2 20.0
2021 Cutter 25 15 10 9.2 91.0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0.000 0.302 0.000 0.891 0.000 0.481 88.2 19 2863 6.4 38.5 16.7
2021 Slider 24 24 0 8.8 85.8 9 9 3 3 0 0 0 1 8 0.333 0.318 0.333 0.350 0.297 0.293 89.2 -16 3011 6.4 15.4 7.7
2021 Sinker 12 2 10 4.4 95.0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.430 0.000 0.474 0.000 0.397 84.1 -30 2519 6.2 20.0 0.0
2020 4-Seam Fastball 323 152 171 53.8 96.8 67 59 6 5 1 0 0 23 36 0.102 0.124 0.119 0.183 0.168 0.198 89.3 26 2546 6.3 26.1 24.0
2020 Curveball 96 28 68 16.0 81.9 20 20 5 1 1 0 3 8 12 0.250 0.311 0.750 0.750 0.403 0.436 94.2 8 3042 6.3 50.0 23.5
2020 Cutter 85 50 35 14.2 92.7 31 30 8 6 1 0 1 6 24 0.267 0.280 0.400 0.445 0.320 0.345 87.8 19 2828 6.4 34.6 26.1
2020 Sinker 52 18 34 8.7 97.2 16 15 4 2 0 0 2 4 11 0.267 0.203 0.667 0.343 0.403 0.259 92.7 10 2451 6.3 15.4 40.0
2020 Slider 44 30 14 7.3 87.5 13 11 1 0 0 0 1 1 10 0.091 0.294 0.364 0.652 0.260 0.440 89.2 23 2949 6.4 4.5 4.2
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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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 29.2 45.8 25 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 38 23.1 23.6 5.5 4.3
2019 43.1 25.1 27 4.8 31.2 41.6 27.2 1.7 32.4 25.1 26.6 7.9 5.4
2020 36.6 29 23.7 10.8 34.4 34.4 31.2 1.1 28 34.4 19.4 7.5 6.5
2021 45.6 28.1 17.5 8.8 29.8 43.9 26.3 7 26.3 24.6 24.6 7 10.5
45.7 24.1 24 6.1 31.4 41.1 27.4 2 34.4 24.7 24.5 6.9 5.5
45.3 22 25.6 7.1 36.6 37.9 25.5 3.6 33.5 24.3 24.5 5.6 6.4

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
2021 Curveball LAD R 48 80.5 57.5 5.8 11 11 1.4 15
2021 Sinker LAD R 12 95 14.8 -5.7 -28 12.3 -3.1 -20
2021 4-Seamer LAD R 164 95.1 11.9 2 14 4 -3.9 -49
2021 Slider LAD R 24 85.8 39.3 4 11 10.8 5.2 95
2021 Cutter LAD R 25 91 23.5 0.3 1 6.5 5.1 366
2020 Curveball LAD R 96 81.9 54.5 5.1 10 11.9 3.2 36
2020 Slider LAD R 44 87.5 37 3.7 11 10.7 6.7 167
2020 Sinker LAD R 52 97.2 14.1 -5.4 -28 13.8 -1.6 -10
2020 Cutter LAD R 85 92.7 21.3 1.2 5 5.5 3.7 204
2020 4-Seamer LAD R 323 96.8 9.9 3.5 26 5.2 -2.5 -33
2019 Curveball LAD R 340 80.7 59.2 7 13 10.3 1.6 19
2019 4-Seamer LAD R 1504 96.5 11.7 2.4 17 4.8 -3 -38
2019 Sinker LAD R 202 96.6 16.2 -3.9 -20 13.4 -1.8 -12
2019 Changeup LAD R 13 91.6 26.1 -0.4 -2 12.9 -1.7 -12
2019 Cutter LAD R 369 92.8 22.7 0.1 1 5.4 3.6 193
2019 Slider LAD R 402 86.8 38 3.5 10 11.1 6.6 151
2018 Changeup LAD R 81 90.1 23.7 -3.9 -14 12.4 -1.9 -14
2018 Cutter LAD R 161 92.3 23.6 0.2 1 5.9 3.8 180
2018 4-Seamer LAD R 848 96.2 11.8 2.6 18 3.7 -3.9 -51
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 6 11 8.2 -0.2 -2
2018 Slider LAD R 316 87.1 36.1 1.7 5 8.9 4.6 106
2017 Curveball LAD R 45 83.6 51.2 4.5 10 10 2.9 41
2017 Sinker LAD R 8 98 14.1 -3.2 -19 7.8 -7.5 -49
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 -73
! 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 %
2021 Sinker -4.1 0 12 4.4 2 0 0 0 20 0 0 0.43 0.474 0.397 50
2021 Cutter -5.8 -1 25 9.2 6 0 0 0 38.5 16.7 16.7 0.301 0.891 0.481 40
2021 Slider 3.8 1 24 8.8 9 0.333 0.333 0.4 15.4 11.1 7.7 0.318 0.35 0.293 62.5
2021 Curveball -0.9 0 48 17.6 9 0.333 0.667 0.422 52.2 33.3 20 0.226 0.424 0.269 50
2021 4-Seamer -1.9 -3 164 60.1 44 0.262 0.381 0.288 13.4 15.9 13 0.296 0.556 0.363 47.2
2020 Slider 0.7 0 44 7.3 13 0.091 0.364 0.331 4.5 7.7 4.2 0.294 0.652 0.44 30
2020 Sinker 5.3 3 52 8.7 16 0.267 0.667 0.463 15.4 25 40 0.203 0.343 0.257 63.6
2020 Curveball 3.7 4 96 16 20 0.25 0.75 0.408 50 40 23.5 0.311 0.75 0.436 50
2020 Cutter 2.1 2 85 14.2 31 0.267 0.4 0.324 34.6 19.4 26.1 0.28 0.445 0.345 29.2
2020 4-Seamer -3.2 -10 323 53.8 67 0.102 0.119 0.169 26.1 34.3 24 0.124 0.183 0.198 30.6
2019 Changeup 7.8 1 13 0.5 2 1 1 0.9 0 0 0 0.514 0.581 0.465 0
2019 Sinker -2.6 -5 202 7.1 64 0.204 0.296 0.28 13.7 10.9 14.9 0.284 0.425 0.356 47.9
2019 Curveball 0.5 2 340 12 90 0.292 0.416 0.311 37 38.9 25.5 0.227 0.36 0.252 33.3
2019 Cutter 0.1 0 369 13 112 0.231 0.404 0.332 26.2 20.5 34.8 0.239 0.338 0.278 29.6
2019 Slider -0.7 -3 402 14.2 135 0.209 0.326 0.246 32.2 34.8 24.4 0.218 0.322 0.247 30.1
2019 4-Seamer -1.4 -21 1505 53 334 0.205 0.368 0.275 24.5 30.8 24.9 0.215 0.388 0.279 40
2018 Changeup 3.2 3 81 3.7 28 0.346 0.538 0.404 7.1 7.1 7.7 0.324 0.488 0.379 25
2018 Cutter -1.9 -3 161 7.4 48 0.195 0.293 0.305 18 12.5 13.6 0.274 0.427 0.354 47.2
2018 Curveball -0.7 -2 282 13 49 0.196 0.217 0.215 27.2 32.7 16.8 0.216 0.283 0.249 43.3
2018 Sinker -1.4 -5 391 18 96 0.217 0.265 0.284 16.7 17.7 17 0.19 0.247 0.258 26.9
2018 Slider -2.4 -8 316 14.5 106 0.194 0.282 0.214 30.2 27.4 29.9 0.16 0.241 0.183 30.7
2018 4-Seamer -1.1 -9 848 39 192 0.176 0.347 0.264 30.4 38 23 0.202 0.345 0.269 29.5
2017 Sinker -14.6 -1 8 4.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.111 0.123 0.1 0
2017 Slider 7 1 13 6.8 2 0.5 1 0.625 20 0 0 0.259 0.28 0.236 100
2017 Curveball -3.6 -2 45 23.4 12 0.182 0.182 0.208 16.7 33.3 21.1 0.247 0.291 0.276 0
2017 4-Seamer 4.2 5 126 65.6 27 0.381 0.667 0.504 31.6 29.6 20.5 0.258 0.51 0.406 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 Cutter 64 92.9 49 11.2 11:45 11:00 45
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
2020 Curveball 80 81.9 82 21.4 7:00 7:15 -15
2020 4-Seam Fastball 277 96.9 92 19.6 12:30 12:30 0
! 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 608 2438 -21 -22 8 8 -26
2019 786 3048 -18 -33 10 10 -31
2020 251 1050 -9 -9 5 3 -9
2021 70 273 -2 -3 1 1 -5
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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 43.2 59.1 43.8 26.2 8.9 58.8
2018 2173 52.3 67.2 80.5 29.9 56.2 41.4 63.6 49.1 25.5 9 76.6
2019 2838 53 66.3 79.9 32.5 56.3 43.1 65.8 50.3 26.7 7.9 78.2
2020 600 52 63.5 78.3 27.8 55 43 58.5 46.3 28.4 8.3 72
2021 273 57.9 66.5 86.7 27 38.7 44 71.4 49.8 22.8 11 86.7
6076 52.9 66.1 80.4 30.6 55.3 42.6 64.4 49.2 26.2 8.5 76.9
48.4 66.6 82.2 28.4 58.9 42.6 60.6 46.9 24.4 7.2 75.7

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 90 93 90 94 53 88 65 75 82 74 55 94 88 87 86
2019 84 67 71 75 88 30 80 31 51 82 93 60 84 87 92 95
2020 71 78 56 40 86 46 57 20 53 74 63 62 71 88 97 98
2021 37 21 20 22 67 2 31 24 20 20 96 26 37 75 97 98
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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 18.1 2 18 18 5 25
2020 24.1 9 8.5 1 4 7 4 44.4
2021 23 2 4.9 -3 0 7 0 0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 20 19 28 16 24 11 18 24 17 23 21 18 6 18 18 24 12 21 17 21 9 13 15 23 14 24 16 16 23 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
2021 2 7 2 6 7 4 5 7 3 3 5 7 3 2 3 6 2 7 4 5 1 5 7 5 7 5 7 5 3 6 7
! 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 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 98.2 95.7 -2.5 95.9 0.2 96.1 0.2 94.6 -1.5
Offspeed Velocity 0 90.1 0 91.6 1.5 0 0 0 0
Breaking Velocity 85.5 83.9 -1.6 84 0.1 83.7 -0.3 82.3 -1.4
Exit Velocity 90.2 87.9 -2.3 89.3 1.4 90 0.7 91.6 1.6
Launch Angle -1.2 9.5 10.7 12.8 3.3 19.5 6.7 13.4 -6.1
Barrel % 8.3 4.3 -4 5.4 1.1 6.5 1.1 10.5 4
Hard Hit % 33.3 32 -1.3 36.4 4.4 36.6 0.2 49.1 12.5
Sweet Spot % 29.2 25.9 -3.3 34.5 8.6 28 -6.5 29.8 1.8
xBA 0.247 0.198 -0.049 0.227 0.029 0.209 -0.018 0.294 0.085
BA 0.306 0.193 -0.113 0.223 0.03 0.178 -0.045 0.25 0.072
xwOBA 0.347 0.254 -0.093 0.276 0.022 0.289 0.013 0.353 0.064
wOBA 0.397 0.247 -0.15 0.27 0.023 0.266 -0.004 0.274 0.008
xSLG 0.409 0.303 -0.106 0.368 0.065 0.381 0.013 0.538 0.157
SLG 0.5 0.3 -0.2 0.368 0.068 0.356 -0.012 0.368 0.012
K% 27.3 27.9 0.6 29.2 1.3 28.6 -0.6 17.1 -11.5
BB% 18.2 6.8 -11.4 5 -1.8 7.5 2.5 1.4 -6.1
Swing % 43.8 49.1 5.3 50.3 1.2 46.3 -4 49.8 3.5
Whiff% 26.2 25.5 -0.7 26.7 1.2 28.4 1.7 22.8 -5.6
In Zone Swing % 53.6 52.3 -1.3 53 0.7 52 -1 57.9 5.9
Out of Zone Swing % 46.4 47.7 1.3 47 -0.7 48 1 42.1 -5.9
First Pitch Swing % 25 26.6 1.6 33.5 6.9 25.2 -8.3 34.3 9.1
First Pitch Strike % 59.1 63.6 4.5 65.8 2.2 58.5 -7.3 71.4 12.9
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2017 43 .397 24 0 0.0 19 0 0.0
2018 518 .253 271 28 10.3 247 72 29.1
2019 737 .270 355 96 27.0 382 204 53.4
2020 147 .266 68 21 30.9 79 56 70.9
2021 70 .274 41 5 12.2 29 19 65.5

Pitch Distribution