Ryan Buchter

Age 33
  • Born 02/13/1987
  • Bats L
  • Team: Los Angeles Angels
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22.4% Thrown 77.6 MPH 31.3 CSW%
64.1% Thrown 92.5 MPH 26.9 CSW%
13.5% Thrown 89.4 MPH 21.3 CSW%

Buchter fully bumped his curveball usage again in 2019, trading more of it for fewer sliders. The pitch features exceptional break at 77.6 mph, and earned a 3.8 pVAL — by far a career best for a secondary pitch — by bumping its zone rate to 34.8% and O-Swing% to 34.6%.

GIF made by Mike Guzman. Blurb written by Alexander Chase

Buchter’s threw his fastball almost exclusively and to great effect in 2016 and 2017 before introducing other pitches, becoming a lefty specialist and losing his effectiveness over the past two seasons. This pitch has sat around 93 mph for four years, and its 11.4% SwStr rate was actually a career high. The main difference in 2019? Batters starting hitting it hard, with a .248 ISO setting a career high by 50 points.

GIF made by Mike Guzman. Blurb written by Alexander Chase

After gaining in usage in 2018, Buchter’s slider dropped in usage and effectiveness in 2019. Averaging 89.7 mph but breaking like a slider, it made improvements in SwStr%, O-Swing%, and contact rate — but gave up two home runs while being thrown just 105 times, tanking most of its value metrics.

GIF made by Mike Guzman. Blurb written by Alexander Chase
68.3% Thrown 92.4 MPH
16.9% Thrown 79.5 MPH
14.7% Thrown 89.3 MPH

Buchter is primarily a four-seam guy, going with the heater for about two-thirds of his offerings. It earned a double-digit pitch value in 2016 and 2017, but regressed greatly last season. A .299 BABIP didn’t help.

Buchter throws the curve slightly more than the cutter, but still well behind the four-seamer. Hitters did next to nothing against the pitch, but it only went for a strike about half the time.

The cutter is Buchter’s third pitch, and he did a much better job getting strikes with it last season. The pitch doesn’t get many whiffs, but it doesn’t get hit hard when its put in play.

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