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Taylor Buchholz

Colorado Rockies — No. 35
Relief pitcher
Born: October 13, 1981 (1981-10-13) (age 28)
Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
April 7, 2006 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
(through 2008)
Win-Loss     18-21
Earned run average     4.42
Strikeouts     194
Teams

Taylor Buchholz (born October 13, 1981, in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania) is a pitcher with the Colorado Rockies in Major League Baseball. His rookie season was in 2006.

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Biography

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 attended Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the same high school that produced Mike Scioscia. As a high school standout, Buchholz dominated batters in the Delaware County Central League. In a May 2000 home game against feared rivals, the Penncrest Lions, Buchholz delivered a one-hit performance, retiring 21 of 22 batters in an impressive 4-0 victory. Buccholz only surrendered one hit during the game, a scorching single by the Lion's talented center fielder, Jeff Smith, who drove a 3-0 fastball past third baseman, Michael Rappaport. Professional scouts determined that Buchholz was dealing fastballs at nearly 97 miles per hour during the 2000 season.

He was received an offer to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels, among other schools, but he did not go to college and entered the Philadelphia Phillies farm system.


Buchholz got married to his long-time girlfriend in 2009 during the offseason

Baseball career

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.

On July 29, 2006, Buchholz was sent down to Triple A Round Rock.

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.[1] Buchholz denies this, telling the Houston Chronicle that he hasn't had a physical since prior to the 2006 season.[2] These rumors were cast off by White Sox general manager Ken Williams.[3]

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.

In the 2007 season, Buchholz was utilized by the Rockies as a starter. This was not the right fit for Bucholz as he was sent to the bullpen to be the Rockies many inning relief pitcher. In 2008, Buchholz took up the role as a set up man for Rockies closer, Brian Fuentes. He has been stellar in that role, utilizing pinpoint control, and a nasty curve. Taylor nearly was picked to the National League All Star game by manager Clint Hurdle.

Buchholz was put on the 60-day DL as of Mar 27, 2009 (Recovery from right elbow surgery).

As of June 2009, Buchholz will undergo Tommy John surgery for the damaged ligament in his right elbow. That Buchholz tried to rehab after initially being diagnosed with a sprained ligament on March 5 will likely cost him half of 2010. "I was hoping this could be avoided. That’s why we waited this long,’’ Buchholz said. "Looking back, I guess you could say I could have had this done three months ago. But we were hopeful.’’

He is of no relation to Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz.[4]

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