Dodgers: Players Who Deserve September Playing Time

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Walker Buehler – OKC Dodgers

This is another one to file under the obvious call-ups. Even though Walker Buehler has struggled a bit with his transition to being a reliever, he should still get a good look by the Dodgers. His stuff is as good as anybody’s in the minor leagues which is proven by his 117 strikeouts in only 83 innings this year.

The Dodgers moved Buehledto the pen to limit his innings and to prepare him to help the team in a possible call-up. Buehler routinely sits in the 93-96 mile per hour range as a starting pitcher, and as a reliever, he sits around 97-98 miles per hour.

Even though the Dodgers already have some flame throwers in Fields, Baez and Morrow, none of them have the type of curveball that Buehler does to compliment his fastball.

The bullpen can often be a good place for young pitchers to break into the majors and learn to control the strike zone so the franchise should take advantage of their massive division lead to get Buehler some experience.

In a best case scenario, Buehler would dominate his brief time in the big leagues and force the Dodgers to consider throwing him onto the playoff roster.

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