Report: Dodgers first-round pick Walker Buehler needs Tommy John surgery


After No. 35 overall pick Kyle Funkhouser announced earlier today that he elected to return to Louisville for his senior season, the Dodgers were able to sign No. 24 overall pick Walker Buehler. According to Jim Callis of, Buehler will receive a $1.78 million bonus, which is $314,400 under the estimated slot value. Now we know why the Dodgers were able to get him at a discount:

The 20-year-old Buehler got a late start on his Junior season at Vanderbilt due to elbow soreness, but he still finished with a 2.97 ERA and an 81/25 K/BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings as the team’s No. 2 starter behind Carson Fulmer. Still, concerns about his size (6-foot-2, 175 pounds) and durability ultimately saw him fall in last month’s draft. The Dodgers are surely happy to have Buehler in the fold after missing out on¬†Funkhouser, but Tommy John surgery could keep him from making his pro debut until 2017.