July 18, 2014
Rising junior Walker Buehler will join USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team for the squad's five-game series in Cuba beginning next week.
Buehler joins Carson Fulmer, Bryan Reynolds and Dansby Swanson on the team. Fulmer, Reynolds and Swanson have been with the team in the Netherlands competing in Honkbal - Haarlem Baseball Week since July 11. With Buehler joining Team USA, Vanderbilt becomes just the fifth school since 1980 to have four players on the Collegiate National Team roster in the same summer and the first since 2011 when Arkansas had four Razorbacks on the team (USC 1980, Fresno State 1983 & Georgia Tech 2003). The Commodores had placed three players on the roster twice with David Price, Pedro Alvarez and Casey Weathers playing for the Americans led by VU head coach Tim Corbin in 2006 and in 2007 with Mike Minor, Ryan Flaherty and Alvarez.
Buehler starred for the Commodores during the team's national championship season leading the team with 12 wins, tied for third-most in a single season in Vanderbilt history. The right-hander was magnificent as a sophomore going 12-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 19 games, 16 starts, with 111 strikeouts in 102.1 innings. The Lexington, Ky. native led the Dores with two complete games, including his nine-inning effort against Oregon in the NCAA Regional championship game. He also recorded a pair of 10-strikeout games to match his career best. Buehler made one start for Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League this summer allowing one run on six hits over 5.1 innings of a win, his only outing since the College World Series.
The Collegiate National Team wraps up their trip to the Netherlands this weekend with the finals of the Honkbal - Haarlem tournament set for Sunday. Fulmer is slated to start Saturday against Chinese-Taipei in the semifinals.