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School: Ole Miss; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: L/R
Height: 6-9; Weight: 250 pounds
Previously Drafted: Washington Nationals, 19th round, 2011
Background: An absolute mountain of a man – kid, really – Buchanan is one of the biggest baseball players in the country – on any level, professional or amateur. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound right-hander has spent the entirety of his three-year career working out of the bullpen at Ole Miss, though he did lose most of 2013 due to some shoulder inflammation.
This season Buchanan was nearly unhittable, fanning 14 and walking five during his first 9.1 innings of work. His final season numbers – 8.18 ERA, 16 K, and 9 BB – are incredibly misleading, thanks to coughing up five runs in two-thirds of an inning against Arkansas State.
Projection: Not very often that a pitcher sporting a career 5.77 ERA will get early to mid round consideration. But Buchanan’s potential – elite strikeout ability with flashes of decent control – is enough to warrant some team to take a gamble on the big right-hander.
If everything breaks just right and, admittedly, it’s an incredible long shot, Buchanan could be a relief pitcher in the mold of former first round pick and fellow towering right-hander Alex Meyer. Buchanan, though, will likely be a supernova of sorts, shining very brightly before burning out.
Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Floor: Replacement Level to 0.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low
Draft Projection: Fourth Round
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