Congratulations to former Roadrunner pitcher Ryan Buchter, also a grad of Highland Regional HS in South Jersey, who made his Major League debut last night and picked up the win for his team. Buchter was called up from the Gwinnett Braves in the morning and was ready when his name was called in the extra innings ballgame against the Washington Nationals. In picking up the win, Buchter struck out Jason Werth, the former Phillie, and becomes the first former Roadrunner to record a win at the Major League level.
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NOTES: With last night's win, the Braves moved into first place in their division. Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor on Buchter, "To be your debut, tie ballgame, and go out there and shove it like that, it really means a lot."
Current Baseball Head Coach Mike Dickson, who coached Buchter when he was a Roadrunner, stayed up to watch the action and had this reaction:
We are all very proud of the hard work Ryan put in to get to this point in his career and hope his success continues!
Above tweet includes video of Ryan's post-game interview after picking up his first Major League win!
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Former Roadrunner Ryan Buchter to Start Season in MLB Bullpen with Atlanta Braves
March 31, 2014 Atlanta, GA
The Gloucester County College Roadrunners Baseball program has a proud tradition of excellence. Adding to that is the recent call up of former Roadrunner standout Ryan Buchter. Buchter, a member of the Roadrunners 2006 team in Mike Dickson's first season as head coach, was a standout left hand pitcher and was the game-winning pitcher in the NJCAA Region 19 Championship game that season that propelled the team to the NJCAA Division III World Series.
Buchter was drafted by the Washington Nationals out of Highland Regional HS and came to GCC as a draft and follow prospect. He signed with the Nationals at the conclusion of the 2006 season. Buchter has spent time in the minor league's honing his craft and has been close to earning a roster spot in the major leagues on a couple of occasions. This breakthrough for him also means he is the first major leaguer under Coach Dickson, "I am very proud of Ryan's accomplishments throughout his minor-league career. He is well deserving of this opportunity. His work ethic and determination has helped him reach his goal of becoming a major-league baseball player. "
Buchter will work out of the bullpen for the Braves and is expected to be a left hand specialist. We all hope he will have a lot of success and look forward to seeing him when the Philles host the Braves this month. Buchter may be on the seesaw with his most recent minor league home with the Gwinnett Braves also as the major league team tries to find their strongest bullpen rotation but getting the start with the major league team is a great accomplishment.
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