Buchanan, David ブキャナン (ぶきゃなん)
Yakult Swallows | #28 | P
Born: 05/10/1989 (age 30)
Height: 191cm
Weight: 90kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: N/A
History: ジョージア州立大-フィリーズ

[12/25/2018] Yakult Swallows finalize contracts with Balentien, Buchanan, Huff, McGough, Suarez

The Yakult Swallows announced that they finalized salaries and contracts for five foreign players.

(Salaries are estimates)

Source: Yakult 12/25/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/25/2018, Sponichi 12/25/2018, Sports Hochi 12/25/2018, Daily Sports 12/25/2018, Daily Sports 12/25/2018


David Buchanan: Did You Know

Relationships and Family


Buchanan’s wife is pregnant with the couple’s first child (due in October 2018).

Source: Sponichi 3/30/2018

The Yakult Swallows announced on September 30 that Buchanan’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a boy weighing 3,356 grams.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/30/2018, Sponichi 9/30/2018


[11/29/2017] Yakult Swallows sign Balentien, Buchanan to new contracts

The Yakult Swallows officially announced today that they reached agreements with the following two foreign players for the 2018 season:

According to Sports Hochi, the Swallows signed Balentien to a one-year deal and Buchanan to a two-year deal. Buchanan’s second year will be worth 2,000,000 US dollars. Both contracts also have performance bonuses.

(Salaries are estimates)

Source: Yakult 11/29/2017, Tokyo Sports 11/29/2017, Sports Hochi 11/29/2017, Sports Hochi 11/29/2017

[UPDATE 11/30 @ 2:43pm]

Balentien’s contract apparently includes a clause that allows the Swallows to fine him if he is fined or suspended by the NPB (for ejections).

Source: Sponichi 11/30/2017, Sports Hochi 11/30/2017, Daily Sports 11/30/2017

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[10/4/2017] Carlos Rivero, Dean Green return home

Carlos Rivero and Dean Green left for their homes out of Narita Airport today. Both players are interested in returning next year.

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2017

[UPDATE 10/5 @ 12:42am]

David Buchanan also returned home out of Narita Airport on October 4.

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2017

[UPDATE 10/6 @ 2:00am]

There is a chance thirty-two-year-old Josh Lueke will not be returning next year. Lueke left Japan out of Narita Airport on October 4. He skipped practices without permission on October 2 and was given a one-game suspension by the Yakult Swallows. The reason for his absence from practices may have had something to do with contract talks.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/5/2017

Preston Guilmet left Japan out of Haneda Airport on October 4.

Source: Sanspo 10/5/2017

[UPDATE 11/30 @ 2:44pm]

The Swallows are planning to acquire around three foreign pitchers this off-season (mostly relievers).

Source: Sports Hochi 11/30/2017


[9/18/2017] David Buchanan to remain with the Yakult Swallows

According to a report by Sports Hochi, the Yakult Swallows may have finalized a multi-year deal (two or more years) with David Buchanan, worth around 1.5 million US dollars a year, up from the estimated 750,000 US dollars he made this year.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/18/2017


[9/3/2017] David Buchanan out with muscle strain in hand

David Buchanan complained of pain in his right hand on September 2 and was examined at a hospital in Tokyo today. He was diagnosed with a strain in his right hypothenar muscle and taken off the active roster. It is unclear how long it will take for a full recovery, but the Yakult Swallows are hoping he will be able to return to the rotation not long after the minimum ten days.

Buchanan had similar pains earlier this year in March, but it was taking longer to heal this time around. He was concerned and informed coaches on September 2.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/3/2017, Sanspo 9/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2017