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David Andrew Buchanan (born May 11, 1989), is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). Buchanan has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB), for the Philadelphia Phillies.

David Buchanan
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Buchanan with the Yakult Swallows
Tokyo Yakult Swallows – No. 28
Starting pitcher
Born: (1989-05-11) May 11, 1989 (age 30)
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: May 24, 2014, for the Philadelphia Phillies
NPB: April 4, 2017, for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record8–17
Earned run average5.01
NPB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win-loss record16–24
Earned run average3.85

After growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Buchanan attended Chipola College from which the New York Mets drafted him in 2009; he did not sign, instead attending Georgia State University. The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Buchanan in 2010, and he quickly moved through their Minor League Baseball (MiLB) system, before ultimately earning an invitation to major league spring training in 2014. Although he was not initially expected to make the team, Buchanan‘s strong performance thrust him into the competition for the fifth-starter spot of the Phillies starting rotation. Though he ultimately did not make the opening day roster, Buchanan remained in consideration for the fifth-starter spot. When not playing baseball, he enjoys various outdoor activities among other hobbies, and resides in Georgia.


Early lifeEdit

The son of Andrew Buchanan and Stacy Wood, Buchanan is one of seven children, (he has two sisters, three step-sisters and one step-brother).[1] He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on May 11, 1989.[2] He attended Fayette County High School, where he played baseball, and, during his senior season, won team most valuable player accolades. He also holds the Fayette County single-game strikeout record (19). Subsequently, he attended Chipola College, a junior college, for two seasons, and earned placement on Baseball America's list of the top 40 prospects in Florida. After the 2009 season, the New York Mets drafted him in the sixth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, however he did not sign, instead opting to attend Georgia State University. He played for Georgia State during the 2010 season, and was the team's top pitcher, earning several honors from the Colonial Athletic Association before a finger injury caused him to miss significant time. Nevertheless, the Philadelphia Phillies drafted him in the seventh round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] Scout Ellis Dungan signed him to a contract, and he thus began his professional career.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

Buchanan with the Philadelphia Phillies

He began his professional career in 2010 as a member of the Williamsport Crosscutters, with whom he started 13 games, losing only one of them, and recording a 4.21 earned run average (ERA). At the conclusion of the season, he played in the Florida Instructional League.[2] He progressed to the Class A and Class A-Advanced level in 2011, pitching for both the Lakewood BlueClaws and the Clearwater Threshers, and combining to post a 3.49 ERA in 26 starts.[4] He finished third in the South Atlantic League (with Lakewood) by posting 11 wins, and finished seventh with a 3.38 ERA.[2] His steady advancement through the minor league system continued in 2012; the next year, he spent a full season with the Reading Fightin Phils of Class AA.[4] Despite his fast ascent through the minor league system, he flew "under the radar" with Reading, despite a 3.86 ERA.[5] However, his season ended in June when the Phillies placed him on the disabled list due to a ligament injury in his middle finger.[2]

After splitting his time in the 2013 season between the Fightin Phils and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Class AAAInternational League),[4] Buchanan attended a Prospect Education Program hosted by the Phillies organization in January 2014. At the time, he was the only one of the eight attendees who had not been invited to major league camp at spring training, however after taking a "leadership role" at the program, Joe Jordan (the Phillies' director of player development) and manager Ryne Sandberg tendered Buchanan an invitation to big league camp.[6] He entered camp competing for a spot in the Phillies rotation,[7][8][9] and impressed the Phillies' staff, ultimately becoming a finalist for the position with Jeff Manship.[10] He did not make the opening day roster despite his strong performance, but would remain in consideration for promotion during the 2014 season, particularly as a spot starter or even the Phillies' fifth starter if needed due to injury. Buchanan commented, "I wanted to come in here and make an impression and open us some eyes and I feel like I did that. I feel like I proved myself that I am ready for the next level. I had a blast every day in camp."[11]

With his college coach on hand to witness a "monumental time in Georgia State baseball history", Buchanan made his major league debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 24, 2014.[12] Replacing Cliff Lee, who was injured, Buchanan pitched five innings, and struck out two batters, and allowed five hits, two runs, and no walks in only 66 pitches, en route to earning the win.[13]

Buchanan was designated for assignment by the Phillies in November 2016, and released on November 23.[14]

Tokyo Yakult SwallowsEdit

On December 19, 2016, Buchanan signed with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball.[15]

Pitcher profileEdit

Almost as soon as he was drafted into the Phillies organization, Buchanan drew comparisons to Kyle Kendrick, a pitcher who possesses similar attributes, specifically that they are built similarly in terms of height and weight, and that they both are reliable groundball pitchers.[16] Also similar to Kendrick, many fans and others have overlooked Buchanan during his minor league tenure; he did not receive any interview requests during the Reading Phillies' media day in 2012, despite being one of the team's top starting pitchers.[5] An article in The Times Herald asserted, "Most of what gets Buchanan overlooked are the things that get his pitching compared to Kendrick’s: He isn’t overpowering, but he uses a sinker and control on the corners to coax ground balls and keep his team in games. That capability has earned Kendrick 153 starts and 64 wins over the last seven seasons with the Phillies, not to mention a $7.7 million deal in 2014 as he approaches free agency."[16] Buchanan also possesses a strong work ethic – instead of talking to the media or celebrating with teammates after throwing seven scoreless innings and striking out nine, he completed a 45-minute medicine ball workout.[5] In addition to the aforementioned sinker, he throws a slider and a changeup.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Outside of baseball, Buchanan's hobbies include playing the drums and guitar, golfing, drawing, yoga, watching movies, playing spades, and other various "outdoor activities". During the offseason, he resides in Peachtree City, Georgia.[2]


  1. ^ a b "David Buchanan". Georgia State Athletics. Georgia State University. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Bonnie Clark, ed. (March 2014). 2014 Phillies Media Guide (Print). Philadelphia, PA: The Phillies. p. 65.
  3. ^ "Phillies Minor League Review (August 5-11)" (Press release). MLB Advanced Media. August 13, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "David Buchanan Minor League Statistics & History". Sports Reference. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Burkhart, Anthony (April 7, 2012). "Buchanan pitches Reading to 4-0 Start". Republican & Herald (subscription required). Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on June 11, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  6. ^ Branch, Chris (March 24, 2014). "Phillies notes: David Buchanan makes most of late invite". The News Journal. Wilmington, Delaware. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  7. ^ Gelb, Matt (March 3, 2014). "Phillies Notes: Buchanan may be option for rotation depth". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  8. ^ Murphy, David (February 27, 2014). "Buchanan making a name for himself with Phillies". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  9. ^ Deitch, Dennis (February 25, 2014). "Phillies' David Buchanan impresses during spring training, scrimmage". The Trentonian. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  10. ^ Salisbury, Jim (March 20, 2014). "David Buchanan enjoying the ride and pitching well". Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  11. ^ Narducci, Marc (March 29, 2014). "Phillies pitcher David Buchanan bound for triple-A". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  12. ^ Bacharach, Erik (May 24, 2014). "Buchanan's college coach on hand for debut". News. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  13. ^ Zolecki, Todd (May 24, 2014). "Buchanan delivers for Phils to win MLB debut". PHI Recap. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  14. ^ Todd, Jeff (November 23, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 11/23/16". Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  15. ^ "新外国人選手獲得のお知らせ". Tokyo Yakult Swallows (in Japanese). December 19, 2016. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  16. ^ a b c Deitch, Dennis (February 25, 2014). "Lesser-known rookie Buchanan gets noticed in scrimmage". Norristown Times Herald. Retrieved March 25, 2014.

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