Aug 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Baseballs are placed on the field prior to the game between the Texas Rangers and the Milwaukee Brewers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Add Two To The 40 Man Roster

The Atlanta Braves have selected the contracts of LHP Ryan Buchter and RHP Wirfin Obispo from their Triple A affiliate Gwinnett Braves on Friday afternoon.  Both pitchers are playing this winter with Obispo playing in the Dominican Winter League and Buchter pitching in the Mexican Winter League.

Obispo was signed by the Braves to be a minor leaguer as a free agent in April 2013.  In 2012 the Cincinnati Reds signed Wirfin out of the Japan Pacific League.  The now 29-year-old went 2-4 with a 3.53 ERA for Gwinnett, converting nine of 11 save opportunities in 54 relief appearances.  The righty will most likely be invited to the 2014 spring training in hopes to make an opening day roster spot.

Buchter, who was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 33rd round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft from Highland Regional High School.  The 26-year-old has spent last season and a part of 2012 in Gwinnett.  He made 51 appearances out of the bullpen striking out 103 batters in 62 innings, going 4-0 with a 2.76 ERA and five saves in as many chances.

February 22, 2013; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves pitcher Ryan Buchter (78) during spring training against the Detroit Tigers at Disney Wide World of Sports complex, Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Chris Headrick

    Worth protecting? Thoughts?

    • Jeff Schafer

      I might say Buchter but I’m not sure…really haven’t seen much from both…I’d say just they are just hoping to get some innings

    • fireboss

      Buchter’s still around for three reasons. 1) he’s a lefty who sits low 90s 2) his K/BB ratio is 2.02 3) Braves system is short on power arm lefties and although this will be his 9th year he’s still just 26 – turns 27 in Feb. John Manuel over at BA thought he’d be allowed to become a FA because he is as my dad would have said wild as a march hare. The Braves either think they can fix him and use him a loogy or that he could be part of a package to someone like Tampa whose system seems to be able to fix pitchers these days. My guess is that he’ll be given work to do this winter a pass/fail shot in spring training if we don’t sign a loogy to go with Avilan and they keep Woody in the rotation or let him start at Gwinnett until needed.
      Obispo is interesting in that rumors of 100mph heat abound but best clocked is mid 90s – still pretty good of course – but also because there’s this huge hole between 2006 and 2012 when he didn’t play. The why appears to be that he was one of a number of prospects who prior to the 2007 season were caught being paid to marry non-resident ladies so they could get a Visa to enter the good old US of A. So he plied his trade with Yomiuri Giants where he had a 3.66 ERA in about 100 innings and for two games with the Nippon Ham Fighters before the Reds signed him. Converted shortstop with a big arm but 30 y.o again big arms are useful and he did manage 9 saves last year; another 2.00 k/BB guy so emergency bullpen help or trade material.
      I guess they didn’t want to put anyone else on the roster or got word someone wanted him and look to make a deal