Taylor Buchholz

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Taylor Buchholz
Taylor Buchholz 2011.jpg
Tenure with the New York Mets
Pitcher
Born: (1981-10-13) October 13, 1981 (age 33)
Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 2006 for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
May 29, 2011 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
Win–loss record 20–22
Earned run average 4.28
Strikeouts 229
Teams
Buchholz pitching for the Colorado Rockies in 2007.

Taylor Buchholz (born October 13, 1981) is a former American professional baseball pitcher.

Biography[edit]

Buchholz stands 6 feet 4 inches tall, and weighs 220 lbs. He bats and throws right-handed. He lives in Springfield, Pennsylvania during the offseason. He is a distant relative of pitcher Clay Buchholz.[1]

Baseball career[edit]

Buchholz started out as a minor leaguer for the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2003, he was dealt with Ezequiel Astacio and Brandon Duckworth to the Astros for all-star closer Billy Wagner. Originally forgotten by many fans due to Astacio and Duckworth both quickly being brought up to the majors, Buchholz proceeded to impress scouts in the minors, showing promise for the future. After going 6-0 with a 4.81 ERA in 20 games for the Astros Triple A Affiliate Round Rock Express in 2005, Buchholz was called up to the Astros main roster in the 2006 season.

His first success came in his second major league appearance in what was almost a complete-game one-hit shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first hit came when second baseman Eric Bruntlett double-clutched the ball before throwing, allowing runner Chris Duffy to reach first base safely. After Jack Wilson singled, Astros manager Phil Garner pulled Buchholz and brought in closer Brad Lidge, who struck out Jason Bay to end the game. Buchholz ended up going 823 innings and giving up only two hits.

On July 29, 2006, Buchholz was demoted to the Triple A Round Rock.[citation needed]

According to SI.com, Buchholz was included as part of a proposed December 7, 2006 trade with the Chicago White Sox to bring Jon Garland to the Astros. The trade, however, fell through when Buchholz failed his physical.[2] Buchholz denies this, telling the Houston Chronicle that he has not had a physical since prior to the 2006 season.[3] These rumors were cast off by White Sox general manager Ken Williams.[4]

On December 12, the Astros traded Willy Taveras, Taylor Buchholz, and Jason Hirsh to the Colorado Rockies for Rockies pitchers Jason Jennings and Miguel Asencio.[citation needed]

In the 2007 season, Buchholz was utilized by the Rockies as a starter. This was not the right fit for Buchholz as he was sent to the bullpen to be the Rockies long relief pitcher. In 2008, Buchholz took up the role as a set-up man for Rockies closer, Brian Fuentes. He had been stellar in that role, utilizing pinpoint control, and a nasty curve.

After missing all of 2009 due to Tommy John surgery, Buchholz made his 2010 debut on July 24, giving up a 2-run homer to Raúl Ibáñez.[5] Weeks later, on August 17, he was again placed on the DL with lower back stiffness.

On September 9, 2010, Buchholz was claimed off of waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays and placed on the team's 40-man roster.[citation needed] He was waived by the Blue Jays.[citation needed] He was claimed off of waivers by the Boston Red Sox on November 15, then non-tendered on December 2.

Buchholz signed a one year contract with the New York Mets on January 3, 2011.[6] His season was plagued by his battle with depression.[7][8]

On November 14, 2011 he was outrighted off the Mets roster.[9][10]

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