Ryan James Buchter
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 185 lb.
- School Gloucester County Junior College
- High School Highland Regional High School
- Debut June 20, 2014
Ryan Buchter is a relief pitcher who made his major league debut in 2014.
He was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 33rd round of the 2005 amateur draft as a draft-and-follow out of high school. After a year of junior college, he began his professional career the next year with the GCL Nationals. That season, he went 1-1 with a 7.24 ERA in 11 games with 13 walks in 13 2/3 IP. In 2007, he pitched for the Vermont Lake Monsters, going 1-2 with a 6.82 ERA in 20 relief appearances. He struck out 34 batters in 31 2/3 innings. With the GCL Nationals and Hagerstown Suns in 2008, Buchter went a combined 4-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 relief appearances. In 24 1/3 innings, he struck out 25 batters.
On November 3, 2008, Buchter was traded to the Cubs for right-handed pitcher Matt Avery. Buchter went 3-0 in 38 games with a 1.33 ERA for the Peoria Chiefs in 2009. In 2010, he was 7-2 with a 4.65 ERA in 47 games for the Tennessee Smokies. He issued 47 walks in 61 innings. He tied Dane De La Rosa for 4th in the Southern League in games pitched and tied for 10th in the Cubs chain in that department.
He was 6-5 with 16 saves and a 3.52 ERA in 50 games split between the Smokies (3-0, 6.55 in 10 G, 11 BB in 11 IP), Daytona Cubs (1-0, Sv, 0 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 17 K in 10 1/3 IP) and Lynchburg Hillcats (2-5, 15 Sv, 3.59 in 34 G, 49 K in 42 2/3 IP) of the Atlanta Braves system, to whom he was traded on May 26th for pitcher Rodrigo Lopez. He tied Taylor Thompson for fourth in the Carolina League in saves; among Braves farmhands, only Jairo Asencio had more.
He was 3-3 with a 2.74 ERA in 44 games between the Mississippi Braves (3-1, 4 Sv, 1.31 in 35 G) and Gwinnett Braves (0-2, 10.12, 17 BB in 8 IP) in 2012 and in 2013, he was 4-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 51 games for Gwinnett, striking out 102 batters in 62 innings. He tied Michael Crotta and Kirby Yates for third in the 2013 IL in games pitched and was 5th in the Braves chain.
He was on the Braves' Opening Day roster to begin 2014, but was optioned to Gwinnett before appearing in a major league game. He was called back on June 20th, when he made his debut in the 12th inning of a game against the Washington Nationals; he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, and was credited with the win when the Braves scored a couple of runs in the top of the 13th.