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Walker Buehler Signs With Dodgers, Takes Less Money Due to Injury Concerns

Walker Buehler won't return to the Vanderbilt rotation in 2016. The Sunday starter inked a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers that will pay him a $1.78m signing bonus.

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Walker Buehler won't be returning to Vanderbilt. The right-handed pitcher and first-round draft pick settled on a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers that will end his amateur career and ship him off to rookie ball.

MLB.com's Jim Callis reports that the Commodore pitcher signed for less than slot value, settling for $1.78 million.

I'm not sure which concerns the Dodgers are referring to, but it could refer to the lingering injury that kept Buehler from being his dominant self all spring. [EDIT: reports suggest that an examination may have revealed possible structural issues with his elbow.] His Commodore career ended with a disappointing three-inning stint in the deciding game of the national championship. In all, he finished 2015 with a 5-2 record, a 2.95 ERA, and 92 strikeouts in 88.1 innings.

EDIT #2: Ugh.

Here's how the rest of the Commodore draftees fared now that the MLB signing period has officially come to a close.

2015 MLB Draft Signings Tracker (Vanderbilt Edition):

1. ARI Dansby Swanson - SS Vanderbilt - $6,500,000 ($2.116,900 under slot value, still one hell of a lot of money)

8. CHW Carson Fulmer - RHP Vanderbilt - $3,470,600 (exact slot value)

24. LAD Walker Buehler - RHP Vanderbilt - $1,780,000 ($314,400 under slot value)

33. KC Nolan Watson - RHP Lawrence North HS (Ind.) - $1,825,200 (exact slot value)

42. CLE Triston McKenzie - RHP Royal Palm Beach HS (Fla.) - $2,302,500 ($834,100 over slot)

66. STL Bryce Denton - 3B Ravenwood HS (Tenn.) - $1,200,000 ($264,600 over slot)

101. LAD Philip Pfeifer - LHP Vanderbilt - $222,500 ($342,200 below slot)

103. WSH Rhett Wiseman - OF Vanderbilt - $554,100 (exact slot value)

113. CHC Darryl Wilson - OF Canton South HS (Ohio) - $1,300,000 ($800k over slot)

168. TEX Tyler Ferguson - RHP Vanderbilt - $200,000 ($96,000 below slot)

Rounds 11-40

12th. MIN Zander Wiel - 1B Vanderbilt - Signed on 7/11 (amount not known)

19th. TEX Xavier Turner - 3B Vanderbilt - Signed on 6/15 (amount not known)

24th. TOR Reggie Pruitt - OF Kennesaw Mountain HS (Georgia) - $500,000 ($400k over slot)

29th. MIL Donny Everett - RHP Clarksville HS (Tenn,)

30th. CLE Chandler Day - RHP Watkins Memorial HS (Ohio)

36th. CHC Alonzo Jones - SS Columbus HS (Georgia)

39th. CHC John Kilichowski - LHP Vanderbilt