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 played five seasons in the big leagues.
He 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 the 1994 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. 1996 placed Brian with the Tampa Yankees and he batted .260/~.309/.375 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 that season and followed that with a similar .297/~.344/.440 season for the Buzz in 1999. He made his big league debut for the Twins in 2000 and hit .232/.301/.305 in 30 games; with Salt Lake, he batted .297/.363/.580 with 27 HR and 103 RBI, 6 behind Pacific Coast League leader Phil Hiatt. He made the PCL All-Star team that season.
In 2002, he was sent to the San Diego Padres in a deal for future All-Star 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 to 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 and 48 RBI in 99 games and 288 at bats, but was released after the season. 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.
Buchanan managed in the Royals' chain for 6 years, then became hitting coach of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2016. In 2017, he was named the Royals' assistant hitting coach but stayed in the position only that one season. He was named a coach with the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2018-2020.
Buchanan was the son-in-law of the late NBA all-time great John Havlicek.
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|