Recent addition, pitcher Matt Buschmann, was assigned to Triple A Buffalo on Tuesday, the Blue Jays announced.
The Toronto Blue Jays assigned P Matt Buschmann to minor league camp, which was announced on Tuesday. He’ll be destined to start the season at Triple A Buffalo with the Bisons.
The St. Louis, Missouri native, and high standout attended Vanderbilt University of the NCAA from 2003 through 2006. There, he totalled 20 wins and 9 losses with an earned run average of 3.49. This was good enough for the San Diego Padres to draft him in the 15th round (453rd overall) of the 2006 amateur draft.
Since then he has spent time in and out of seven different organizations. These include the Padres, Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Arizona Diamondbacks, and now the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Within these organizations, the relief pitcher has played through a brigade of minor league teams. Twelve minor league teams in total have utilized his services from A ball, all the way to AAA prior to his current stint in Buffalo
Buschmann has appeared in 307 minor league games. So far he has 92 wins, 79 losses, and an ERA of 4.20. This, while holding hitters to a .269 batting average and WHIP of 1.37. Impressively, he’s had 1189 strikeouts, the most among active pictures within the minor leagues.
Following 10 years of hard work and perseverance, he was finally called up to the Arizona Diamondbacks. His call-up was as a replacement to former Blue Jay alumni Kyle Drabek who had just been designated for assignment.
Buschmann, 33, made his major league début on April 10th against the Chicago Cubs. Pitching the top of the ninth, he gave up a hit to yet another Blue Jay alumni Munenori Kawasaki, while not allowing a run.
For the remainder of the season, he made 2 more appearances (4.1 IP) giving up 2 hits, 1 earned run, and recording 3 strikeouts in 3 games total. On April 10th, he was once again sent to the minors.
Buschmann was granted free agency on November 7th, and was signed by the Blue Jays to a minor league contract before spring training, with an invitation to the major league training camp in Dunedin, Florida. He will now join the Bisons for the remainder of spring training.