Brian James Buchanan
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 230 lb.
- School University of Virginia
- High School Fairfax High School
- Debut May 19, 2000
- Final Game August 29, 2004
- Born July 21, 1973 in Miami, FL USA
Outfielder Brian Buchanan hit .322 for the University of Virginia in 1993. He was an All-American as a junior in 1994, hitting .396 with 22 home runs (5th in NCAA Division I) and 66 RBIs. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the first round of that year's amateur draft, the 24th overall pick and signed for $500,000. Assigned initially to the Oneonta Yankees, he hit just .226/.335/.367. In 1995, he hit a solid .302/~.362/.427 for the Greensboro Bats with 7 steals in 8 tries but only played in 23 games, presumably due to injury. '96 placed Brian with the Tampa Yankees and he batted .260/~.309/.375 for them, with 23 steals in 31 attempts. In 1997, Buchanan was 8th in the Eastern League in average after hitting .309/~.353/.434 for the Norwich Navigators; moving up to the Columbus Clippers, he hit .279/~.323/.492.
In 1998, he was part of the trade that sent Eric Milton and Cristian Guzman to the Minnesota Twins for Chuck Knoblauch. He had a .278/~.326/.450 year for the Salt Lake Buzz and followed that with a similar .297/~.344/.440 season for the Buzz.
He made his big league debut for the 2000 Twins and hit .232/.301/.305 in 30 games there; with Salt Lake, he batted .297/.363/.580 with 27 HR and 103 RBI, six behind Pacific Coast League leader Phil Hiatt. He made the PCL All-Star team that season.
The next year, he was sent to the San Diego Padres in a deal for Jason Bartlett. He later played for the New York Mets before rejoining the Twins organization in 2005, playing for the Rochester Red Wings (.316/.355/.482). From 2001-2003, he had been a solid 4th outfielder with annual OPS+es in the 110s. He began 2006 in the Cincinnati Reds system but struggled, hitting just .179 for the Louisville Bats. In June of that year, Buchanan joined the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association.
The Softbank Hawks signed Buchanan after the 2006 offseason, when he joined the Saints who traveled to Japan to play in an offseason exhibition series. In 2007, Buchanan batted .285/.326/.465 with 11 HR's and 48 RBI in 99 games and 288 AB's, but was released after the season by the Hawks. In 2008, he returned to the U.S., signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals, and played for the Omaha Royals, primarily as a pinch hitter, finishing with a .228 batting average.
Sources: Japanese Baseball
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|2010||Idaho Falls Chukars||Pioneer League||27-49||8th||Kansas City Royals|
|2011||Idaho Falls Chukars||Pioneer League||33-43||6th||Kansas City Royals|
|2012||Kane County Cougars||Midwest League||68-72||10th||Kansas City Royals|
|2013||Lexington Legends||South Atlantic League||68-70||8th||Kansas City Royals|
|2014||Lexington Legends||South Atlantic League||57-83||11th||Kansas City Royals|
|2015||Wilmington Blue Rocks||Carolina League||62-77||8th||Kansas City Royals||Lost League Finals|