Brian James Buchanan...wife Jill (Havlicek)...is a 1991 graduate of Fairfax (VA) High School where he played
baseball and basketball...attended the University of Virginia...was named All-American after batting .396 with 22
home runs and 66 RBI in 1994...led the Atlantic Coast Conference in slugging percentage (.838).
In his second full big league season, combined to hit .269 with 10 doubles, 11 home runs and 28 RBI in 92 games for the Twins and Padres...was acquired by the Padres July 12 in exchange for minor league shortstop Jason Bartlett...the 11 home runs represented a career best.
WITH SAN DIEGO: Joined the Padres on July 13, one day after being acquired from the Twins...started slowly
with his new club, going 1-for-15 (.067) over his fi rst eight games...went 26-for-77 (.338) thereafter...triggered
the offensive surge with a pinch home run July 28 at Arizona off Brian Anderson...hit safely in 11 straight starts,
August 14-September 26, going 14-for-36 (.389) with four doubles, two home runs and nine RBI...trailed only
Gene Kingsale (.370) with a .364 batting average in August...started seven games at fi rst base for the Padres,
playing fl awless defense (six assists, 74 putouts)...took Randy Johnson deep on September 19 at The Q...with
dramatically fewer at-bats, Buchanan's .543 slugging percentage led the Padres.
PINCH TO GROW AN INCH: His first two National League home runs came in the pinch...became the fi rst
Padre to hit more than one pinch-hit homer in a season since Ryan Klesko hit a pair in 2000...Brian's two pinch
blasts matched San Diego's team total for the entire 2001 season...in all, went 6-for-24 with two home runs and
two RBI in a pinch-hitting role for the Friars.
UNTAPPED POWER: Ranked fifth on the Padres with six post All-Star break home runs despite only getting 92
at-bats...averaged a home run every 15.3 National League at-bats, tops among Padres with at least fi ve homers...in
a half season, Brian's at-bats per home run rate bested that of, among others, Vladimir Guerrero (15.7), Pat Burrell
(15.8), Andruw Jones (16.0), Jeff Kent (16.8), Jim Edmonds (17.0), Jeff Bagwell (18.4), Todd Helton (18.4), Scott
Rolen (18.7), Luis Gonzalez (18.7), Richie Sexson (19.7) and Gary Sheffi eld (19.7).
WITH MINNESOTA: Helped the Twins gain a 7.5-game lead in the American League Central at the All-Star
break...hit .321 with two home runs and fi ve RBI in April for the Twins, recording four multi-hit efforts in eight
starts...took Jeff Suppan deep, April 1 at Kansas City, to help the Twins win their opener, 8-6...hit a game-tying
sixth-inning solo shot May 13 in Minnesota's eventual 3-2 win at Kauffman Stadium...matched his career high
with four hits, fi nishing 4-for-7 with a double and an RBI, in a 14-inning, 13-12 loss May 17 at New York (AL)...hit
safely in fi ve straight games, April 30-May 6, to match his career high for the second time.
Hit safely in 5 of 6 games, May 1-25...had pinch-hit game-winning home run off Pete Schourek, May 16 vs. Boston...had career-high 5-game hit streak, May 27-June 4...had 5 rbi in 3 games, June 1-4...had first career 4-hit game, June 19 at Cleveland...disabled with sprained right ankle, June 29-July 14...second career 4-hit game and career-high 4 rbi, July 19 vs. Oakland...was 17-39 (.436), August 15-Sept. ...third career 4-hit game, August 18 vs. Tampa Bay...homered in consecutive games, August 21-22...tied season-high 4 rbi, Sept. 1 vs. Anaheim...hit safely in 7 of 8 games, going 9-26 (.346), Sept. 1-22...was 21-74 (.284) with 6 homers vs. lefthanders...was 4-10 (.400) with 2 homers as a pinch hitter...started 54 of 69 games.
Began season at Salt Lake . . . was 10-22 (.455) in 5 games, April 23-30 . . . homered in 3 consecutive games, May 14-16 . . . recalled May 18 . . . made major league debut and singled off Gil Heredia for first major league hit, May 19 at Oakland . . . season-high 3 hits, May 20 at Oakland . . . first big league home run off Brian Cooper, May 23 vs. Anaheim . . . optioned June 16 . . . Twinsb Minor League Player of the Week, June 18-24 . . . had 4 homers and 12 rbi in two games, June 22-23 . . . hit safely in 23 of 26 games, going 36-92 (.391) with 9 homers and 32 rbi, June 24-August 18 . . . season-high 9-game hit-streak, going 15-30 (.500) with 3 homers and 11 rbi, August 5-13 . . . led club in homers and rbi, and was third in runs . . . was fifth in league in rbi and home runs per at-bat (1/13.48) . . . selected to Pacific Coast League post-season All-Star Team. . . . recalled August 31 . . . started 23 of 30 games . . . was 10-33 (.303) vs. lefthanders.
Had 10-game hit streak, April 30-May 11 . . . game-winning 2-RBI single, May 28 at Edmonton . . . had season-high 18-game hit streak, June 8-July 1 . . . season-high 4 RBI, June 18 vs. Tacoma . . . homered in 3 consecutive games, June 25-27 . . . tied season-high 4 RBI, June 26 vs. Las Vegas . . . Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, June 26-July 2 . . . Twins' Minor League Player of the Month for June . . . disabled with sprained right ankle, July 18-27 . . . reaggravated injury, July 29 vs. Tucson . . . disabled with sprained right ankle, July 29-August 9 . . . tied season-high 3 hits, September 5 at Albuquerque . . . was 11-13 (85%) in stolen bases . . . batted .318 vs. lefthanders . . . batted .352 with runners in scoring position . . . tied for second on club in doubles and was third in stolen bases.
Acquired along with pitchers Eric Milton and Daniel Mota and infielder Cristian Guzman in exchange for second baseman Chuck Knoblauch, February 6 . . . season-high 5 RBI, May 15 vs. Nashville . . . was 11-23 (.478), June 20-24 . . . game-winning RBI single, July 17 vs. Las Vegas . . . hit grand slam and tied season-high 5 RBI, July 27 at Colorado Springs . . . hit safely in 19 of 20 games, July 31-August 19 . . . season-high 11-game hit streak, going 18-42 (.429), July 31-August 9 . . . season-high 4 hits, August 4 vs. New Orleans . . . game-winning homer, August 22 vs. Tucson . . . batted .236 with 6 homers and 18 RBI vs. lefthanders and .294 with 11 homers and 64 RBI vs. righthanders . . . was 7-12 (.583) with one homer and 14 RBI with bases loaded . . . tied for second on club in games and total bases (225), was third in at-bats and hits and tied for third in RBI.
Began season at Norwich . . . hit grand slam, April 14 vs. New Britain . . . back-to-back 4-hit games, May 2-4 . . . season-high 16-game hit-streak, going 30-71 (.423), May 18-June 5 . . . had 2-homer game, June 13 at Reading . . . promoted to Columbus, June 25 . . . homered in 3 consecutive games, June 30-July 2 . . . transferred to Norwich, July 11 . . . hit safely in 14 of 16 games, July 14-30 . . . promoted to Columbus, July 31 . . . transferred to Norwich, August 9 . . . was 8-22 (.364) with 2 homers and 6 RBI in 5 playoff games . . . promoted to Columbus, September 8 . . . led Yankee minor leaguers in hits (162), was fourth in batting (.305), sixth in runs (83) and games (134) and seventh in RBI (76) . . . was eighth in Eastern League in batting . . . was team MVP for Phoenix in Arizona Fall League going 46-154 (.299) with 10 home runs and 29 RBI . . . was second in AFL in home runs and extra-base hits (22) and fifth in slugging percentage (.571).
Game-winning grand slam, April 19 vs. Lakeland . . . had 12-game hit streak, going 20-48 (.417), June 18-July 2 . . . game-winning RBI single in 13th inning, August 16 vs. Vero Beach . . . had .969 fielding percentage (6E, 189 TC) . . . led club in hits, stolen bases and strikeouts . . . was second in league in at-bats and tied for fifth in games and strikeouts.
Batted .323 in first 7 games . . . disabled for remainder of season with compound fracture of left ankle, May 2.
Tied for first on club in home runs and was third in RBI . . . had 1.000 fielding percentage (no errors, 89 total chances).