This article is part of our Oak's Corner series.
As we move rapidly toward the conclusion of the 2018 season while trying to grind out some league wins these last three weeks, I like to think about players who are especially interesting when considering where they may get drafted in 2019. Trying to figure out where breakout stars or struggling players should or will be drafted is always a tough science, as the breakout guys can often get overhyped, while the last year's bums can fall too far based on one poor season. I'll look at a few players like this each week in this column as we head toward the end of the season. This week, I'm focusing on a few breakouts.
Walker Buehler – Buehler has been an absolute godsend for the Dodgers as they have dealt with multiple injuries on their pitching staff. In his first extended major league season, Buehler has thrown 104.2 innings and posted an exceptional 2.92 ERA, although he has suffered from poor run support, only winning six of his 18 starts. The Dodgers have effectively limited his innings by starting him in the minors (and throwing only 13 innings there), and while the 104.2 innings are the most he has thrown to date, it's not so high a number that the Dodgers will not be able to fully deploy him down the stretch and in the playoffs, if they make it there.
The 24-year-old righty has not quite lived up to his massive strikeout numbers in the minors but has done