Walker Buehler: Combined No-Hitter in His Second Major League Start
Walker Buehler was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1994. Prior to being selected by the Dodgers in the 2015 MLB draft; he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates but instead of signing, he opted to attend Vanderbilt University.
After signing with the Dodgers in 2015, it was announced that Buehler would have to have Tommy John surgery. After taking time to recover he made his professional baseball debut in August 2016 for the Arizona League Dodgers. From there he got promoted to the Great Lake Loons in the Midwest League. Buehler then went on to start the 2017 season with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League. He then moved up to the Tulsa Drillers before finally ending up with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. At the end of the season, he was picked as the Dodgers minor league pitcher of the year.
Buehler went on to make his major league debut on Sept. 6, 2017, with two scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies. He appeared in 8 games for the Dodgers finish the season with a 7.71 ERA.
He made his first major league start on April 23, 2018, where he pitched six scoreless innings against the Marlins. On May 4th, in Monterrey, Mexico against the San Diego Padres, Buehler took a no-hitter through six innings before getting taken out of the game. Relief pitchers Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia, and Adam Liberatore combined to finish off the game. This was first combined no-hitter in franchise history. To have Walker Buehler pull off a no-hitter through six innings in his second major league start is a great accomplishment, one that would not go unnoticed or unrewarded because the Dodgers later announced that Buehler would stay in the starting rotation.
We can't wait to see what else Buehler will accomplish. After all, he's just getting started.
- Stephanie Mejia