Buchanan spent Spring Training with the Astros as a non-roster invitee. Buchanan was 0-1 in seven relief appearances with a 3.86 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. In seven games (seven innings), he allowed three runs on 10 hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Buchanan was reassigned to minor league camp on Tuesday.
Evan Drellich indicated the Astros released him Thursday and the Cubs quickly snapped him up. Buchanan should be part of the Iowa Cubs bullpen when the season opens next week.
Jake Buchanan was designated for assignment last September to make room on the Astros’ roster for LHP Joe Thatcher.
Last season for the Astros, Buchanan did not have a record in five appearances. He gave up two runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts (2.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP).
Over two years with the Astros, Buchanan had a 1-3 record in 22 games, two starts, with a 4.06 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 4.69 FIP. Buchanan has allowed 21 runs, 20 earned, on 46 hits with 16 walks and 25 strikeouts in 44 1/3 big league innings.
The Cubs value pitchers that can perform in multiple roles, the utility pitcher, and Buchanan falls under that category.
The 26-year old right hander made seven starts for Triple-A Fresno last year. Buchanan was 5-5 in 30 games, seven starts, with three saves and he finished nine games. Buchanan gave up 47 runs, 43 earned, on 101 hits with 22 walks and 46 strikeouts in 81 1/3 innings.
Buchanan was considered a top prospect the Astros’ system just four years ago. Baseball America ranked him No. 13 in Houston’s organization prior to the 2012 season. At the time he projected as a No. 4 or No. 5 starter in the big leagues and featured a low-90s fastball, cutter, changeup and curveball.
The Cubs have not confirmed or posted the signing of Jake Buchanan.