John Buck (baseball)
July 7, 1980 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|June 25, 2004 for the Kansas City Royals|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||485|
|Career highlights and awards|
Johnathan Richard Buck (born July 7, 1980) is an American Major League Baseball catcher who is a free agent. He went to high school in Taylorsville, Utah. He and pitcher Jeremy Horst are the only active players who were born in Wyoming.
By 2002, Buck was highly regarded for his defensive ability, becoming one of the game's top minor league catchers and 68th top prospect in all of baseball. In 2003, Buck moved farther up prospect lists. He was listed as the 21st-best prospect in baseball by John Sickels.
Kansas City Royals
On June 24, 2004, the Astros traded him as part of a three-way deal to acquire Carlos Beltrán, sending Buck to Kansas City. The Royals immediately put Buck in their starting lineup, replacing injured veteran Benito Santiago. Buck made his major league debut on June 25. Although he initially appeared overmatched by major-league pitching—his batting average reached a low of .138 on July 7—he impressed the team with his defensive ability and his handling of pitchers. His hitting improved with time, and by September 25 he had raised his average to .243 with 12 home runs, and 30 RBIs.
Toronto Blue Jays
On December 16, 2009, Buck signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays worth $2 million. On April 29, 2010. Buck hit 3 home runs in a single game against the Oakland Athletics. Buck was elected to the 2010 American League All-Star team on July 4, along with fellow Blue Jays Vernon Wells and Jose Bautista. In his first All-Star Game he went 1–2 with a double. Buck finished his first season in Toronto with career-highs in batting average (.281), hits (115), home runs (20), RBI (66), doubles (25), slugging percentage (.489), and on-base plus slugging (.802).
Buck agreed to a three-year contract with the Florida Marlins worth $18 million on November 15, 2010. The deal was confirmed on November 17, 2010. In his first game with the Marlins, he hit a grand slam off of New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey.
In 2011, he had the lowest percentage of runners caught stealing of all major league catchers, at .170.
In 2012, Buck hit .192/.297/.347 with 12 HR and 41 RBI in 106 games while throwing out 27% of runners.
New York Mets
On November 19, 2012, Buck was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Josh Johnson, José Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Emilio Bonifacio, in exchange for Jeff Mathis, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Álvarez, Yunel Escobar, Jake Marisnick, Anthony DeSclafani, and Justin Nicolino. On December 17, 2012, the Blue Jays traded Buck, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, and Wuilmer Becerra to the New York Mets for R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas.
Buck began 2013 as the starting catcher, with Anthony Recker as his backup. After a great April in which he hit .241/.269/.575 with 9 HR and 25 RBI, Buck cooled down some. On August 17, Buck was placed on paternity leave, and he was replaced on the roster by the catcher he was traded with, Travis d'Arnaud. d'Arnaud took the starting role when Buck returned, and Buck would soon be traded.
On August 27, 2013, Buck and Marlon Byrd were traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for infield prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later, identified on August 29 as Vic Black. He finished the season as the backup to Russell Martin. In 110 games total (9 with Pittsburgh), he hit .219/.285/.362 with 15 HR and 62 RBI.
Buck's wife Brooke gave birth to twins twelve weeks prematurely in May 2008. The twins' names are Cooper and Brody. In August 2013, his wife gave birth to their third son, Bentley.
- "Players by birthplace : Wyoming Baseball Stats and Info". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
- "Astros 2002 Prospect Report", Santillo, M and Goldfine, J (2002), USA Today.
- "2002 Top 100 Prospects", Pouliot, M. Rotoworld.
- "Top Prospects of 2003", Sickels, J. Minor League Ball.
- "Royals pitcher, catcher fight in dugout", Associated Press.
- "2010 All-Star Game box score". MLB.com. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
- "John Buck Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
- "Dan Uggla, John Buck Moves Could Bring Red Sox Closer to Re-Signing Victor Martinez, Adrian Beltre". NESN. November 17, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
- "Marlins sign catcher John Buck to three-year contract". Florida Marlins. November 17, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
- [dead link]
- "2011 Regular Season MLB Baseball C Fielding Statistics". Espn.go.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
- "MLB approves mega-deal between Blue Jays and Marlins". TSN.ca. November 19, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
- "Dickey trade to Blue Jays official". foxsports.com. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- "Marlins catcher rescues women in overturned car"
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to John Buck (baseball).|