Buchholz with the New York Mets in 2011
October 13, 1981 |
Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania
|April 7, 2006, for the Houston Astros|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 29, 2011, for the New York Mets|
|Earned run average||4.28|
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.
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 8 2⁄3 innings and giving up only two hits.
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. Buchholz denies this, telling the Houston Chronicle that he has not had a physical since prior to the 2006 season. These rumors were cast off by White Sox general manager Ken Williams.
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. 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. He was waived by the Blue Jays. He was claimed off of waivers by the Boston Red Sox on November 15, then non-tendered on December 2.
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- Scott Merkin and Alyson Footer / MLB.com (2006-12-07). "White Sox downplay Garland report | whitesox.com: News". Chicago.whitesox.mlb.com. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
- Andy Jasner / Special to MLB.com (2010-07-24). "Buchholz takes long road back to big leagues | ColoradoRockies.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2010-09-10.