Ryan Buchter
Ryan Buchter
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Oakland Athletics
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Buchter had an excellent season as measured by ERA and WHIP, but the underlying numbers tell a different story. While the lefty trimmed his walk rate to a career-best 3.6 BB/9, he lost more than two strikeouts from his K/9, and home runs were a big issue during his time with the Padres (1.6 HR/9). Buchter's strand rate was high at 81.7 percent and his opponents' BABIP was abnormally low at just .209; the estimators all point to him being at least a run worse than the surface stats would suggest (4.54 FIP, 5.02 xFIP, 4.12 SIERA). He was better later in the year, and an altered pitch mix may help him sustain success -- he cut his four-seam fastball usage by more than 10 percentage points in favor of more cutters and sliders -- but Buchter has to be considered a long shot to emerge as the top option in the A's bullpen following a January trade. As a holds play, Buchter makes sense, but don't be fooled into thinking he's a top-tier talent. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in July of 2015.
Grabs second victory
POakland Athletics
June 27, 2018
Buchter (2-0) fired a scoreless eighth inning in a win over the Tigers on Tuesday, allowing a hit and two walks while recording three strikeouts.
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It was an eventful inning for Buchter to say the least, one that took him 24 pitches to get through. The left-hander sandwiched strikeouts of Leonys Martin and Victor Martinez around a Jeimer Candelario double and an intentional walk of Nick Castellanos. After issuing a free pass to Niko Goodrum, Buchter then got himself of the bases-loaded jam by striking out John Hicks after falling behind 2-0. Manager Bob Melvin has opted to put Buchter right to work following his two-month absence due to a shoulder injury, as he's called on him on back-to-back nights since his activation from the disabled list.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-33%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .172 264 78 23 40 11 1 6
Since 2016vs Right .199 397 101 46 69 20 1 12
2018vs Left .192 81 25 6 14 2 0 2
2018vs Right .288 65 11 6 17 6 0 2
2017vs Left .176 98 28 10 15 3 0 4
2017vs Right .193 170 37 16 29 7 1 6
2016vs Left .147 85 25 7 11 6 1 0
2016vs Right .168 162 53 24 23 7 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-48%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-23%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-66%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-37%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.84 1.13 82.0 3 0 1 10.4 3.1 1.1
Since 2016Away 2.00 1.05 80.0 8 3 1 9.3 4.6 0.9
2018Home 3.50 1.17 18.0 1 0 0 9.5 2.5 1.0
2018Away 2.70 1.32 16.2 3 0 0 9.2 3.8 1.1
2017Home 4.50 1.20 30.0 1 0 1 9.3 2.4 2.1
2017Away 1.53 0.96 35.1 3 3 0 8.7 4.6 0.8
2016Home 3.44 1.06 34.0 1 0 0 11.9 4.0 0.3
2016Away 2.17 1.00 29.0 2 0 1 10.2 5.0 0.9
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How does Ryan Buchter compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
2.77
 
K/9
8.8
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
92.5 mph
 
ERA
2.95
 
WHIP
1.20
 
BABIP
.286
 
GB/FB
0.53
 
Strand %
80.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Buchter emerged as a steady late-inning arm for the Padres last season, but he was sent down to Triple-A El Paso in August after his effectiveness waned with the rapid reduction of his spin rate over a small stretch of outings. He finished the season on a high note, including nine innings in September with an .071 batting average against, and the Padres never revealed a specific injury as the cause for his brief struggles. Overall, he led all San Diego relievers in strikeout rate (31.6 percent) and batting average against (.159), and the biggest red flag in his skill set is an elevated walk rate (12.6 percent). Buchter works with a 92-93 mph fastball, while mixing in occasional sliders and cutters, and his extreme flyball tendencies profile well in more cavernous ballparks, though it should be noted that he had a better ERA on the road (2.17) than he did at home (3.44) in 2016. Most likely, he'll serve as part of the bridge to the ninth inning in 2017.
Buchter spent the 2015 season in the Dodgers and Cubs organizations, working a 1.78 ERA with a 10.7 K/9 rate over 43 total appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City and Triple-A Iowa. The Padres' severe lack of left-handed pitchers in the bullpen could give Buchter an inside track at making the Opening Day roster.
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Gives up run in DL return
POakland Athletics
June 26, 2018
Buchter, who was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, surrendered an earned run on one hit without recording an out in a win over the Tigers on Monday.
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Reinstated from disabled list
POakland Athletics
June 25, 2018
Buchter (shoulder) was reinstated from the disabled list Monday.
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Final minor-league tune-up Friday
POakland Athletics
Shoulder
June 22, 2018
Buchter (shoulder), who's likely to be activated at some point during the three-game series against the Tigers that begins next Monday, fired a scoreless one-third of an inning for Triple-A Nashville on Friday. He recorded a strikeout on three pitches.
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Another solid rehab outing
POakland Athletics
Shoulder
June 21, 2018
Buchter (shoulder) was credited with the win in Triple-A Nashville's victory over Round Rock on Thursday, allowing a hit, uncorking a wild pitch and recording a strikeout over a scoreless seventh inning.
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Expected back against Detroit
POakland Athletics
Shoulder
June 20, 2018
Buchter (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Athletics during their four-game series against the Tigers next week, which begins Monday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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