Milwaukee Brewers Draft Options: Walker Buehler

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There is something about Vanderbilt pitchers in the MLB. First, there was David Price and then pitchers like Sonny Gray and Mike Minor joined the mix of good young arms in the big leagues. Even last season, Tyler Beede was selected with the 15th overall pick by the San Francisco Giants and he has excelled in his first full minor league season. The school has become a dynasty for pitchers.

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In this upcoming draft, there is every indication that Vanderbilt will have three first round picks. While two Vandy players (shortstop Dansby Swanson and pitcher Carson Fulmer) won’t be around when the Milwaukee Brewers pick at 15, here is a look at Walker Buehler, a possible Brewers’ first round pick.

At 6’2”, 170, Buehler isn’t the most imposing looking pitcher on the hill, but that hasn’t hurt the way he has pitched. During his first two college seasons, Buehler compiled a 2.83 ERA with averaging over a strikeout per inning while allowing opposing hitters to bat just .234 against him.

This season he has been just as good as he has gone 4-2 and continued to mow down hitters with a 2.97 ERA. Though he had elbow soreness early on, he shook of the rust and pitched as well as ever to close out the season. In his last start, he was able to shut down Radford and help Vanderbilt win their second straight Regional Championship.

Currently MLB.com ranks Buehler as the 11th best player in their draft prospect ranking. With four pitches that can be above average and great location, Buehler has the talent to quickly make a major league roster. Recently Jim Callis had him going to the Tampa Bay Rays at 13 in his most recent mock draft, but if he is still on the board at 15, he is an arm the Brewers must consider.

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