This is the time of year when guys proclaim themselves to be in the best shape of their life. However, Walker Buehler of the Los Angeles Dodgers is taking a different stance.
All Buehler talk is relevant and interesting. Equally important, he’s one of the hottest headline-grabbing young names in the game of baseball. So it was interesting to hear Buehler tell MLB Network Radio that he was less than satisfied with his 2018 rookie campaign.
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) February 6, 2019
Buehler said that he’s old school in terms of what he considers success to be at the highest level.
The end goal is to put up 200 innings. I may be a little old school in that, but that’s what I want to do and be successful for full seasons in the major leagues.
However, Buehler was plenty successful by definition; at least in terms if you’re measuring it by the standards the world judges it by. In 137.1 innings pitched as a 23-year old, Buehler had a 2.62 ERA and was a main catalyst for the Dodgers making a second straight World Series appearance. He finished third in National League Rookie of the Year Voting. Still, it wasn’t enough to quench Buehler’s thirst.
Buehler sounds like a mature young man on the airwaves. He referenced guys like Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, and Max Scherzer in regards to not just the quality of their body of work, but the volume they achieve in workload.
If the Dodgers are able to pencil in Buehler for 200 or more innings in 2019 – big things should await the team and the 24-year old stud pitcher. The bottom line is we’re all in for a treat if Buehler can stay healthy and start to increase his workload. The stats he should compile should be downright eye-popping.
It’s always good to hear a young player who tastes success for the first time isn’t happy to rest on his laurels. Buehler has the mark of a champion in this regard, and possibly a Hall of Famer or generational talent.
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