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Dodgers select Walker Buehler with first-round pick in MLB draft

Dodgers select Walker Buehler with first-round pick in MLB draft

With the 24th pick in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft Monday night, the Dodgers selected Walker Buehler, a right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt. Buehler, a junior, is relatively undersized for a pitching prospect at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, but his fastball reaches the mid-90s with consistency and he has a decent slider and curveball, according to Baseball America. On occasion, he will also throw a changeup, but he has shown less consistency with that pitch. With the Commodores, Buehler has put up strong numbers this season, throwing 78 2/3 innings, posting a 2.97 earned-run average and striking out 81. He has contributed four wins to Vanderbilt's 47-19 record. ...

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