Ryan Buchter
Ryan Buchter
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A two-month stint on the disabled from late April though late June prevented Buchter from reaching 20 holds for the third straight season. He finished four short. The southpaw was an integral cog in manager Bob Melvin's matchup bullpen, though he was more than a lefty specialist, tossing at least one frame in 28 of his 54 appearances. Still, Buchter's specialty is retiring lefty hitters, limiting them to an OPS under .500 in two of the last three years (.496 in 2018). He isn't as dominant as other relievers, averaging 93 mph with the fastball he throws two-thirds of the time, while mixing in a cutter and change. Last season's injury was the exception as Buchter averaged 69 appearances and 64 innings his first two seasons. He is useful in all leagues scoring holds and is a great option to protect ratios, though he won't fan as many batters as the elite setup relievers. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Athletics in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Picks up relief win
POakland Athletics
September 14, 2019
Buchter (1-1) earned the win Saturday, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out one in 1.1 innings in an 8-6 win over the Rangers.
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Saturday's game became an impromptu bullpen game for the Athletics when Mike Fiers exited with an arm injury in the second inning. Buchter ended the fourth by striking out Elvis Andrus after allowing an inherited runner to score, but he kept it clean in the fifth after the Athletics restored a two-run lead with a Mark Canha homer. Buchter has a 2.79 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 42 innings this season, adding 12 holds while primarily working in the middle innings. He has fired off 6.1 scoreless innings over his last eight appearances.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
13
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Ryan Buchter generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Ryan Buchter generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-41%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .198 305 90 24 54 9 1 11
Since 2017vs Right .233 324 66 40 64 17 1 11
2019vs Left .238 115 33 7 25 4 1 5
2019vs Right .274 83 17 16 17 4 0 3
2018vs Left .169 92 29 7 14 2 0 2
2018vs Right .286 71 12 8 18 6 0 2
2017vs Left .176 98 28 10 15 3 0 4
2017vs Right .193 170 37 16 29 7 1 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-64%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-83%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-26%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-66%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.26 1.31 74.0 2 1 1 9.7 3.0 2.1
Since 2017Away 1.54 1.12 76.0 9 3 0 9.0 4.6 0.6
2019Home 4.88 1.63 24.0 0 1 0 11.3 4.1 3.0
2019Away 0.84 1.22 21.1 1 0 0 8.4 5.1 0.0
2018Home 3.15 1.10 20.0 1 0 0 8.6 2.7 0.9
2018Away 2.33 1.29 19.1 5 0 0 10.2 4.2 0.9
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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.17
 
K/9
9.9
 
BB/9
4.6
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
92.5 mph
 
ERA
2.98
 
WHIP
1.43
 
BABIP
.304
 
GB/FB
0.67
 
Left On Base
91.1%
 
Exit Velocity
88.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.9%
 
Spin Rate
2231 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
34.5%
 
Swinging Strike
11.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
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.
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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Highly effective middle reliever
POakland Athletics
July 20, 2019
Buchter, who logged his 10th hold in a win over the Twins on Friday by firing 1.1 hitless innings in which he issued one walk, has a 1.17 ERA, .207 BAA and five holds over his last 13 appearances.
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Charged with blown save
POakland Athletics
June 6, 2019
Buchter was charged with a blown save Wednesday at Angel Stadium after walking in a run and failing to record an out.
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Improved since latest promotion
POakland Athletics
May 16, 2019
Buchter owns a 1.42 ERA, .143 BAA and 1.11 WHIP over nine appearances since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on April 29.
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Recalled from Triple-A
POakland Athletics
April 29, 2019
Buchter was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.
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Headed to minors
POakland Athletics
April 22, 2019
Buchter was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.
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