On Tuesday, right-handed pitcher David Buchanan was named the starting pitcher of the Class A South Atlantic League North division All-star team. Thus far in 2011, Buchanan has emerged as the leader of the pitching staff for the Lakewood BlueClaws, posting a 7-3 record with a 2.68 ERA.
The 22-year-old Buchanan is among the league leaders in ERA (4th), innings pitched (2nd with 74), wins (1st with 7) and WHIP (6th with 1.11).
Buchanan was drafted by the Phillies in the 7th round of last year’s amateur draft out of Georgia State University. He made his pro debut as a member of the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters in 2010, going 3-1 with a 4.21 ERA in 12 starts.
On Thursday, the 6-foot-3-inch 190-pound Buchanan was honored as the Topps SAL Player of the Month for May. During the month, Buchanan went 4-2 with a 2.06 ERA.
The Georgia native Buchanan was previously drafted in the 6th round by the Mets in 2009, but chose not to sign.
When Phillies pitcher JC Romero stopped through Lakewood for a rehab appearance in May, I asked Romero if there were any BlueClaws pitchers he was familiar with. His answers were Buchanan and staffmate Mario Hollands, who was Lakewood’s opening day starter.
Recently, I spoke with David about being recognized by a Major Leaguer, his own pitch repertoire, growing up as a Braves fan and plenty more. Check out the media player below to hear excerpts from my chat with Buchanan and click here to read my previous piece on him.
Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider. You can check out more content from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.