Q&A with Mets 6th Round Pick David Buchanan

With their 6th round pick, the Mets selected right-hander David Buchanan out of Chipola JC (FL). Inside Pitch spoke with Buchanan for an exclusive draft day Q&A where he talks about his favorite team (watch out Mets fans), his road to the draft, his repertoire and more.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us, what is going through you mind right now after being selected by a team like the New York Mets?

David Buchanan: I am ecstatic. You know, I am excited. I am here with my parents and it is a dream that I always wanted to do, and now I have the chance to do it.

Inside Pitch: Were you surprised that it was the Mets that drafted you? Did you and the club have any discussions leading up to the draft?

Buchanan: Yeah, I talked to them out of high school and I went to work out with them my senior year in high school and things kind of settled down. I talked to them the other day and it kind of surprised me. My phone rang and they said New York Mets and I figured this was going to be it, I was pumped, I am definitely excited.

Inside Pitch: Do you have any ideas of what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?

Buchanan: Actually no I don't.

Inside Pitch: What type of pitcher are you? How do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?

Buchanan: I am a right-handed pitcher about 6 feet, a power pitcher so I can start or close, I have been middle relief or I can be a set-up guy, I can do anything.

Inside Pitch: Did you have any ideas or projections of where you may go in the draft or did you just prepare to be selected at any time?

Buchanan: Yeah, I was predicting top 6, top 7 rounds.

Inside Pitch: Can you describe your repertoire? What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? What is your best pitch and what do you think needs the most work?

Buchanan: I throw a four-seam fastball, curveball, slider and a change-up. My best pitch is probably my fastball and my change-up needs the most work.

Inside Pitch: To give our readers, and Mets fans, a better image of what you look like on the mound, is there someone at the big league level you could compare your style to?

Buchanan: I would say I might look like Josh Beckett wind-up wise. Nice and smooth.

Inside Pitch: What was your favorite team and your favorite player growing up?

Buchanan: My favorite team was the Braves, being an Atlanta native, and my favorite player is Josh Beckett.

Inside Pitch: I'm sure you know New York is known for its high-intensity atmosphere. What do you think about the prospects of playing in New York one day?

Buchanan: It is unbelievable, it is like no other. People would love to play in New York.

Inside Pitch: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and get your career started immediately?

Buchanan: Keep working, keep getting better and try and get to that next level. I am going to hold back as of right now and talk to my advisor and dad and figure out what else needs to take place.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Tell us, what is going through you mind right now after being selected by a team like the New York Mets?
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\r\nDavid Buchanan: I am ecstatic. You know, I am excited. I am here with my parents and it is a dream that I always wanted to do, and now I have the chance to do it.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Were you surprised that it was the Mets that drafted you? Did you and the club have any discussions leading up to the draft?
\r\n
\r\nBuchanan: Yeah, I talked to them out of high school and I went to work out with them my senior year in high school and things kind of settled down. I talked to them the other day and it kind of surprised me. My phone rang and they said New York Mets and I figured this was going to be it, I was pumped, I am definitely excited.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Do you have any ideas of what the Mets' organization or farm system is like?
\r\n
\r\nBuchanan: Actually no I don't.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: What type of pitcher are you? How do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?
\r\n
\r\nBuchanan: I am a right-handed pitcher about 6 feet, a power pitcher so I can start or close, I have been middle relief or I can be a set-up guy, I can do anything.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Did you have any ideas or projections of where you may go in the draft or did you just prepare to be selected at any time?
\r\n
\r\nBuchanan: Yeah, I was predicting top 6, top 7 rounds.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: Can you describe your repertoire? What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? What is your best pitch and what do you think needs the most work?
\r\n
\r\nBuchanan: I throw a four-seam fastball, curveball, slider and a change-up. My best pitch is probably my fastball and my change-up needs the most work.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: To give our readers, and Mets fans, a better image of what you look like on the mound, is there someone at the big league level you could compare your style to?
\r\n
\r\nBuchanan: I would say I might look like Josh Beckett wind-up wise. Nice and smooth.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: What was your favorite team and your favorite player growing up?
\r\n
\r\nBuchanan: My favorite team was the Braves, being an Atlanta native, and my favorite player is Josh Beckett.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: I'm sure you know New York is known for its high-intensity atmosphere. What do you think about the prospects of playing in New York one day?
\r\n
\r\nBuchanan: It is unbelievable, it is like no other. People would love to play in New York.
\r\n
\r\nInside Pitch: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and get your career started immediately?
\r\n
\r\nBuchanan: Keep working, keep getting better and try and get to that next level. \r\nI am going to hold back as of right now and talk to my advisor and dad and figure out what else needs to take place.
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