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Walker Buehler named Texas League Pitcher of the Week

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Walker Buehler entered Wednesday with 51 strikeouts in 41 Double-A innings.
Photo credit: Matthew Christensen

LOS ANGELES — Top Dodgers pitching prospect Walker Buehler made just one start last week for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, but he made enough of an impression to win Texas League Pitcher of the Month honors on Wednesday.

Starting lineups

Pos D-backs Pos Dodgers
Pos D-backs Pos Dodgers
CF Blanco 1B Utley (L)
SS Marte (S) SS Seager (L)
1B Goldschmidt 3B Turner
RF Owings RF Bellinger (L)
3B Lamb (L) CF Pederson (L)
2B Drury LF Taylor
LF Herrmann (L) C Grandal (S)
C Mathis 2B Forsythe
P Godley P Wood
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network

Buehler struck out seven and allowed just two hits and a walk in 5⅔ scoreless innings on the road at Frisco.

He is the fifth Tulsa player to capture weekly Texas League honors this season. Edwin Rios, Jose Miguel Fernandez, and Kyle Farmer won Player of the Week honors, and Scott Barlow captured Pitcher of the Week honors.

Buehler this season had a 2.85 ERA in nine starts for Tulsa this season, with 51 strikeouts and only 10 walks in 41 innings. Buehler also started for Tulsa on Wednesday night, also against Frisco though this time at home in Tulsa.

Combined with his five starts earlier in the season with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, Buehler — the Dodgers’ first-round draft pick in 2015 -- has 78 strikeouts and 15 walks in 57⅓ innings, and a 2.35 ERA.