Former Henry Clay star Walker Buehler will make his professional debut Tuesday for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie league squad in the Arizona League.
Buehler, a first-round pick in 2015 out of Vanderbilt, had Tommy John surgery a couple of months later in August.
The right-handed pitcher is the Dodgers’ No. 7 prospect, according to MLB.com.
The Los Angeles Times’ Andy McCullough reported that Buehler is expected to pitch one inning in his first start.
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The Dodgers had previously indicated that Buehler wouldn’t pitch until fall instructional league, so his rehabilitation is ahead of schedule.
“He’s almost like a pick this year,” scouting director Billy Gasparino told The Los Angeles Times in early June.
“Walker has a real chance to be a significant contributor in our starting rotation within the next few years,” President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said then.