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Ryan Buchter | Relief Pitcher | #49

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/13/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 258
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Gloucester (NJ)
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 33 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details
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Royals acquired LHP Ryan Buchter from the Padres in the Trevor Cahill trade.
He has control issues, but Buchter boasts a 2.93 ERA with 125 strikeouts over 101 1/3 innings the last two seasons. He'll provide a boost to the Royals' left-handed relief corps. Jul 24 - 6:41 PM

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Ryan Buchter allowed a run but earned the save Saturday against the Giants.

With Brandon Maurer having pitched Thursday and Friday, it was Buchter who got the call to protect a two-run lead in the ninth. Things got a little hairy after a two-out RBI single by Brandon Crawford cut the lead to one, but Buchter got Eduardo Nunez to fly out to end the threat. The 30-year-old will primarily be used as a setup man while Maurer is still around and healthy, but it's interesting to note that he's the first man up should the closer be unavailable.
Apr 8 - 11:29 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Ryan Buchter and Brad Hand have both "drawn consistent trade interest."

Both are lights out against lefties and still under team control for several more years. Per Rosenthal, the Padres are looking for top prospects in return. Given how weak the team's starting rotation is, the Padres shouldn't be in a rush to trade away two of their best relievers. Buchter and Hand combined for a 2.89 ERA over 152 1/3 innings last season.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 1 - 10:48 PM

Padres recalled LHP Ryan Buchter from Triple-A El Paso.

Buchter will return to the San Diego bullpen ahead of Thursday's matinee game against the Braves after mostly resting for 11 days in the minors. He owns a 3.00 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 68/27 K/BB ratio in 54 innings of relief this season at the major league level.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 10:51:00 AM

Padres optioned LHP Ryan Buchter to Triple-A El Paso.

Nick Noonan is also headed down to the minors. Buchter's demotion comes as a bit of a surprise. He's pitched well in a setup role this season, though he has allowed a run in each of his last two outings. Perhaps the Padres are looking to give Buchter some rest before bringing him back when the rosters expand next month.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 06:12:00 PM

Sources tell ESPN's Adam Rubin that the Mets are more likely to acquire a reliever than a starting pitcher at the trade deadline.

The New York Post has already listed a few possible fits including Atlanta's Chris Withrow, Oakland's John Axford and Padres relievers Ryan Buchter and Brad Hand. The Padres have been shopping almost everyone lately so dealing away Buchter and Hand before the August 1 trade deadline isn't out of the question. New York's bullpen actually carries the league's seventh-lowest ERA at 3.24, though the Mets could probably stand to add another arm behind closer Jeurys Familia and setup man Addison Reed.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 05:32:00 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Ryan Buchter is "seemingly in line for the closer role" with the Padres following the trade of Fernando Rodney.

Buchter has been the club's best reliever this season aside from Rodney, posting a 2.91 ERA and 50/18 K/BB ratio over 34 innings. He was blasted for five runs over one-third of an inning on Wednesday, but evidently Lin doesn't think that would scare the Padres off from giving the southpaw a shot in the ninth. Buchter obviously needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues, but Brandon Maurer should be picked up, too, as he's likely next in line.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 03:01:00 PM

After taking over with the Padres down 7-3 in the ninth, Ryan Buchter was lit up for five runs in one-third of an inning by the Orioles on Wednesday.

That's a bad, bad day for the guy who is the current favorite to take over as the Padres' closer if Fernando Rodney is traded. His ERA jumped from 1.60 to 2.91. If there's any solace to be taken, it's that the Padres probably weren't winning this one anyway. They did end up scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but that was against the last man in the Orioles pen, Oliver Drake, and he wouldn't have been pitching in a 7-3 game.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 07:37:00 PM

Padres manager Andy Green said Ryan Buchter will serve as the primary setup man for closer Fernando Rodney.

Brandon Maurer had been setting up for Rodney but the Padres no longer feel comfortable with him in that role. Maurer has seen his ERA balloon from 4.13 to 7.11 over his last three appearances. Buchter has pitched to a respectable 2.16 ERA over 27 outings this year. He's worth owning in leagues where holds are counted.
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 09:15:00 AM

With Fernando Rodney unavailable, Ryan Buchter worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Brewers on Thursday for his first save.

Buchter is a lefty but this was just a case of Padres manager Andy Green feeling most confident in him, as Buchter retired Jonathan Lucroy, Chris Carter and Hernan Perez to end the game. Buchter earned the honor after posting a 0.54 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 23/8 K/BB ratio over 16 2/3 innings this season. Rodney, who had worked both ends of Wednesday's doubleheader, will be the closer on most days, but if he ever misses extended time it's worth remembering that the 29-year-old Buchter has his manager's confidence.
Fri, May 13, 2016 12:17:00 AM

Padres purchased the contract of LHP Ryan Buchter from Triple-A El Paso.

The 28-year-old southpaw inked a minor league deal with the Padres last month after an outstanding 2015 season in which he compiled a 1.78 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 62/25 K/BB ratio over 50 2/3 innings between Triple-A Iowa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. He's slated to make the club's Opening Day bullpen as a situational left-hander.
Fri, Jan 8, 2016 08:03:00 PM

Padres signed LHP Ryan Buchter to a minor league contract.

Buchter is a hard-throwing lefty who posted a stellar 1.78 ERA with a 62/25 K/BB ratio over 50 2/3 innings at Triple-A this past season. He could find himself in the majors with the Padres at some point this year.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 05:47:00 PM

Cubs signed LHP Ryan Buchter to a minor league contract.

The 28-year-old southpaw exercised an opt-out clause in his contract earlier in the week. He had posted a 1.65 ERA and 39/16 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings for the Dodgers at Triple-A Oklahoma City, but wasn't able to get a call to the big leagues. He could quickly work his way into a role in the Cubs bullpen.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 08:03:00 PM

Dodgers released LHP Ryan Buchter.

Buchter exercised the opt-out clause in his deal, as a promotion didn't appear likely despite a 1.65 ERA and 39 strikeouts over 32 2/3 innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 28-year-old should latch on elsewhere quickly.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 10:53:00 PM

Dodgers signed LHP Ryan Buchter to a minor league contract.

The deal also includes an invitation to major league spring training. The 27-year-old southpaw spent the majority of the 2014 season at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he posted a 3.29 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 63/40 K/BB ratio over 63 innings. He'll provide organizational bullpen depth for the Dodgers and could compete for a role as a situational left-hander.
Fri, Jan 9, 2015 09:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cameron Gallagher
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Raul Mondesi
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Ramon Torres
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Bubba Starling
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Melky Cabrera
2Brandon Moss
3Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Jake Junis
6Sam Gaviglio
7Eric Skoglund
8Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Brandon Maurer
4Ryan Buchter
5Mike Minor
6Scott Alexander
7Peter Moylan
8Neftali Feliz
9Kevin McCarthy
10Brian Flynn
11Miguel Almonte
12Mike Morin
13Trevor Cahill
14Andres Machado