Two of the best prospects in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization were once menaces on Kentucky high school baseball fields.
Walker Buehler, a pitcher who starred for Henry Clay High School and then Vanderbilt, was drafted by the Dodgers in 2015 and is now considered the organization’s No. 1 prospect by Baseball America. He was promoted to triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday and could make his major-league debut sometime this season.
“With a fastball that touches 100 mph, a devastating curve, a plus-slider and an adequate changeup, Buehler has the best stuff I’ve ever seen from a Dodgers’ pitching prospect,” Jared Massey wrote for Dodger Blue, a fan site.
Will Smith, a former standout for Kentucky Country Day who went on to play at the University of Louisville, was drafted in 2016 and has risen to the No. 10 spot Baseball America’s latest ranking of L.A.’s farm system. Smith currently is on the 7-day disaled list at double-A Tulsa.