Position: Starting Pitcher
Birthday/Age: May 11, 1989 (23)
Ht/Wt: 6' 3", 190 pounds
How he became a Phillie: Drafted by the Phillies in the seventh round of the 2010 Draft. Had originally been drafted by the New York Mets in the sixth round of the 200 Draft, but didn't sign.
Repertoire: Buchanan has a low-to-mid-90s fastball that he uses as his primary pitch. While his velocity has been improving and he's hitting the mid-90s more consistently, Buchanan's fastball certainly isn't an overpowering pitch. Buchanan's best secondary pitch is a slider that is also improving, but would have to rank as slightly below average, primarily because he lacks consistent command of the pitch. Third in the arsenal is a change-up that is approaching average.
Scouting Report: The biggest issue with Buchanan has been that he doesn't have consistent command of his pitches and can deliver some fat looking pitches to hitters. The upside is that Buchanan is getting much better and has been a much more consistent pitcher with better command.
In 2012, Buchanan missed substantial time with finger stiffness on his pitching hand and he was limited to just 12 starts at Double-A Reading. The lost time hurt him and he'll likely be back at Reading in 2013 rather than be looking to start the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Ceiling: Right now, Buchanan is likely looking at being a back of the rotation type pitcher. Without the explosive stuff and strong secondary pitches, he doesn't project as much higher than a number four. If you think Kyle Kendrick, you're probably along the right path in projecting how far Buchanan might go in his career.
ETA: The lost time in 2012 was key for Buchanan. He's not likely to get a serious look until 2015, because he's likely to need time at Double-A in 2013 and doesn't figure to rocket through the upper levels of the system. He's still pretty young – he turns 24 in May – so there's no immediate rush for him to be battling for a major league spot.