2014 Draft Profile: Hawtin Buchanan

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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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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.