Ryan James Buchter…graduated from Highland Regional High School (NJ)…attended Gloucester County College (NJ)…originally signed by Nationals' scout Alex Smith.
Began the season with San Diego and was 3-3 with a save and a 3.05 ERA in 42 relief appearances when he was traded to Kansas City July 23…went 1-0 with a 2.67 ERA in 29 appearances with the Royals and combined for a 2.89 ERA in a career-high 71 appearances overall…allowed a .187 opponents batting average, including .176 (15-for-85) against left-handed hitters compared to .193 (29-for-150) against right-handers…yielded a .159 average with runners in scoring position…first batters faced hit .141, which was 17th-best among Major League relievers…now has a .136 (17-for-125) average against first batters in his career…allowed 8-of-26 (30.8%) inherited runners to score…posted a 1.53 ERA and .136 opponents batting average in 39 games on the road…combined for a 4.50 ERA and .239 opponents average in 32 games in Petco Park and Kauffman Stadium…surrendered seven of his 10 home runs in his home ballparks…eight were solo shots…yielded a .146 batting average with two strikes and has a .120 (33-for-275) career average in that situation…compiled a 2.40 ERA in the fifth through eighth innings, a 6.00 ERA from the ninth inning on…logged a 6.10 ERA in 12 interleague appearances and has a 9.19 ERA (16 er in 15.2 ip) in 19 career interleague games.
MAJORS: Made his third straight Opening Day roster…recorded his lone save of the season in his third appearance on April 8 against San Francisco (1.0 ip, 2 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 so)…had a 4.75 ERA over his first six appearances through April 17…then compiled a 1.74 ERA over his next 10 games from April 21 to May 12…struck out a season-high three batters in 2.0 innings April 30 at San Francisco, his first of five three-strikeout games…issued 11 of his 26 walks over an eight-game stretch from May 14 to June 4 (6.2 ip)…surrendered a season-high four runs in 0.1 innings May 14 at Chicago (AL) but only two runs were earned…did not allow a hit and walked a career-high three batters…then logged a 1.98 ERA over his next 16 games from May 18 to July 1…issued a careerhigh tying three walks May 29 against Chicago (NL)…did not allow an earned run over his final 19 road games beginning July 20 (16.0 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 6 bb, 10 so, .061 opponents batting average)… was traded to Kansas City July 23 with Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer for Matt Strahm, Travis Wood, minor leaguer Esteury Ruiz and cash…his .170 opponents batting average with the Royals ranked 10th in the majors from July 24 through the end of the season (min. 100 BF)…recorded his only win as a Royal Aug. 3 against Seattle…retired the only batter he faced to become the third pitcher in Royals history to record a win on one pitch (Travis Wood, June 10, 2017 at San Diego and Jeremy Affeldt, July 5, 2006 vs. Minnesota)…then allowed six runs over his next eight games through Aug. 23 (6.23 ERA) before tossing scoreless relief in 16 of his final 17 outings beginning Aug. 25 (1.15 ERA)…tossed a career-high 2.2 scoreless innings Sept. 8 against Minnesota…had a season-ending 10-game, 7.1-inning scoreless streak beginning Sept. 14…logged a 1.59 ERA and .175 opponents batting average in 13 appearances in September.
Had a career season, setting career highs in every category…recorded 78 strikeouts in 63.0 innings pitched for a ratio of 11.14 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, tied for the 13th-best mark among all NL relievers in 2016. Made his second career Opening Day roster and went 1-0 with one save, a 0.77 ERA (2 ER, 23.1 IP), 33 strikeouts against 11 walks and a .135 (10-for-74) opponents batting average over his first 25 outings of the year through May. Overall on the season he allowed a .160 (34-for-212) opponents average, the second-best mark allowed by any qualifying NL reliever (150 batters faced), behind only Kenley Jansen (.150), and fifth-best among all relievers, behind also Craig Kimbrel (.152), Aroldis Chapman (.158) and Andrew Miller (.160). Had one stint in the minors, being optioned on 8/20 to Triple-A El Paso, before being recalled on 9/1 for the remainder of the season. Worked scoreless ball in 59 of his 67 outings on the year…allowed a combined 13 runs, all earned, in three outings, posting a 1.03 ERA (7 ER, 61.0 IP) in his other 64 outings on the year. Per Fangraphs.com he posted a WAR of 1.1 on the season, 13th-best among qualifying NL relievers. Held left-handers to a .147 (11-for-75) average while right-handers hit just .168 (23-for-137) against him…his four home runs allowed were all to right-handers. Working primarily in the eighth inning throughout the season he posted a 1.72 ERA (7 ER, 36.2 IP) with 41 strikeouts against 17 walks and a .134 (16-for-119) opponents average with just one home run allowed in the eighth inning of games.
Split the season between Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and Triple-A Iowa in the Chicago Cubs organization, going a combined 2-0 with a 1.78 ERA (10 ER, 50.2 IP) and 62 strikeouts against 25 walks in 43 total relief appearances....Began the year with Oklahoma City, posting a 1.65 ERA (6 ER, 32.2 IP) and 39 strikeouts against 16 walks in 27 relief appearances before being released by the Dodgers on 7/21....Named a Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star for Oklahoma City....Signed with the Cubs as a minor league free agent on 7/26 and went 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA (4 ER, 18.0 IP) and 23 strikeouts against nine walks over 16 relief appearances for Triple-A Iowa....Pitched for Tomateros de Culiacan in the Mexican Winter League following the season, going 3-0 with 10 saves in 10 chances along with a 0.72 ERA (2 ER, 25.0 IP) and 35 strikeouts against 10 walks over 23 relief outings.
Played the majority of the season with Triple-A Gwinnett before seeing his first Major League action with the Braves with one relief outing....Made his first career Opening Day roster for Atlanta, being recalled before the start of the season on 3/29 for his first career Major League call-up but did not see any action before being optioned back to Gwinnett on 4/2....With Gwinnett went 3-3 with a 3.29 ERA(23 ER, 63.0 IP) and 63 strikeouts against 40 walks over 49 relief appearances....Recalled a second time by Atlanta on 6/20 and made his Major League debut for the Braves that day at WSH, earning the win for his first career victory after a scoreless inning of relief…originally signed by the Nationals in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft…optioned back to Gwinnett on 6/25.
Spent his first full season with Triple-A Gwinnett, where he went 4-0 with a 2.76 ERA, while logging 103 strikeouts in 62.0 innings spanning 51 relief appearances. Converted each of his five save opportunities. In his eighth minor league season, set career highs in strikeouts (103) and appearances (51). His 103 strikeouts paced all Braves minor league relievers and ranked second on the Gwinnett club. Ranked fifth among Braves minor league relievers in appearances and opponents' batting average (.168). Recorded at least three strikeouts in 18 of his 51 appearances, including a season high six on 7/12 (2.0 IP). Allowed one earned run over his first 11 appearances (0.82 ERA, 11.0 IP, 19 K) of the season. Closed out the season with a 14-game (17.1 IP) scoreless streak, his longest such streak of the season. Appeared in 12 games out of the bullpen for Tomateros de Culiacan of the Mexican Pacific League, compiling a 1-0 record with four saves and a team-leading 0.69 ERA (1 ER/13.0 IP)