David Buchanan opened camp last year competing for a rotation spot, but was quickly eliminated from the competition and sent down to the minors. He spent his entire season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, failing to even earn a look in September despite holding a spot on the Phillies' 40-man roster. Buchanan wasn't bypassed for a promotion because he struggled in Triple-A, his numbers were as mediocre as ever. The Phillies wanted to look at some of their younger pitchers and that will continue to hold true as the team goes through its rebuilding process. Buchanan is slated to pitch in Japan in 2017.
Buchanan signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Yakult Swallows of the Nippon Professional Baseball League, Corey Seidman of CSN Philadelphia reports. Buchanan was 10-9 with a 3.98 ERA and a 95:40 K:BB in 167.1 innings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season. He was released by the Phillies in November. Buchanan failed as a starter in the majors, but he has a good chance of finding success overseas.
Buchanan was released by the Phillies on Wednesday. He was designated for assignment last week and it seems the two sides opted to part ways so that Buchanan could explore other options. The 27-year-old righty was never able to establish himself as a reliable back end starter in Philadelphia, as he posted a 5.01 ERA and 13.5 percent strikeout rate in 192.1 innings (35 starts).
Buchanan was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Friday. With the number of higher profile prospects coming up the pipeline, there simply wasn't room for Buchanan to stay on the 40-man roster. There's still hope for the 27-year-old, as he was a serviceable starter with good control at Triple-A last season. That being said, his ceiling now sits more at a back-end starter or even a long reliever in the majors.
Buchanan had his start skipped Tuesday at Triple-A Tuesday and is a strong candidate to start Thursday at Colorado, Matt Gelb of the Philly Inquirer reports. Buchanan, who had a 6.99 ERA in 15 starts last season, has minimal fantasy value if he does indeed get the start for the Phillies at Coors Field. Buchanan currently holds a 4.77 ERA in 88.2 innings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Buchanan and Alec Asher were optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. With Buchanan and Asher bowing out of the race, Philadelphia is left with Vince Velasquez, Brett Oberholtzer and Adam Morgan competing for the No. 5 starter spot. The 26-year-old Buchanan was one of the worst starters in the majors last season, posting a 6.99 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, 5.33 FIP and 44:29 K:BB across 74.2 innings (15 starts).