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
$Signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Athletics in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Avoids arbitration with Oakland
POakland Athletics
January 10, 2019
Buchter agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Athletics on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The southpaw put up a strong season in the Oakland bullpen in 2018, producing a 2.75 ERA and a 41:15 K:BB in 39.1 innings of work. With the contract out of the way, Buchter figures to to reprise his role as the top lefty in the Athletics' bullpen for the 2019 campaign.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .165 275 82 24 40 11 1 6
Since 2016vs Right .200 403 102 48 70 20 1 12
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
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
ERA on Road
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Since 2016Home 3.75 1.12 84.0 3 0 1 10.2 3.1 1.1
Since 2016Away 1.94 1.05 83.2 10 3 1 9.6 4.6 0.9
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
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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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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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
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
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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