Matt Buschmann

Position: RHP
Born: 2/13/1984
Height: 6'3
Weight: 195
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent on Dec. 11, 2015 (ARI). Originally drafted in the 15th round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft (SDP).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2015 SEASON STATS: Combined for an 8-10 record and 4.08 ERA in 23 starts across Durham (Rays), Louisville (Reds) and Norfolk (Orioles), walking 47 while striking out 109 in 134.2 IP.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Reno (Triple-A) on April 8, when RHP Kyle Drabek was designated for assignment.
MLB Debut Date: 4/10/2016

Debut Details
April 10, in a 7-3 loss to the Cubs. The last of four pitchers, he allowed one hit and one walk in one scoreless inning. He threw 19 pitches, 10 for strikes. He was removed for PH Rickie Weeks Jr. in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Player Notes
One of the feel-good stories of the early 2016 MLB debut class is the arrival of the well-traveled 32-year-old veteran to the big leagues. A 10-year veteran with a career 4.09 ERA, he achieved Texas League All-Star status with San Antonio in 2008 with a 2.98 ERA. He has put up some big numbers over the years, including a 2013 season with the Rays organization where, between Montgomery (Double-A) and Durham (Triple-A), he went 14-5 with a 2.86 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 160.2 IP. He came into the 2016 campaign with 1,098 strikeouts in 10 seasons. (Also of note? He’s married to ESPN SportsCenter anchor Sara Walsh. They were introduced by Buschmann’s Vandy roommate David Price, who’s now with the Red Sox.)