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Clay Buchholz

29-Year-Old Pitcher – Boston Red Sox

2014 Stats

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5.51

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1.71

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15

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2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Buchholz had three distinct phases to his 2013 season. Between April and June, he won nine games and led the league in ERA; in mid-June, he sustained a neck/shoulder injury that lingered well beyond h...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 190   DOB: 8/14/1984   BORN: Nederland, TX   COLLEGE: Angelina (TX) JC      Show ContractHide Contract

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Clay Buchholz Contract Information:

Buchholz agreed to a four-year, $30.5 million contract with the Red Sox in April of 2011.

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Buchholz surrendered six hits, three runs (two earned) and two walks with six strikeouts over six innings Wednesday against the White Sox. He walked away without a decision.

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Clay Buchholz Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2006 21 A A 3 3 0 16.0 10 2 0 23 4 2 0 0 1.13 0.88
2006 21 A A 0 21 0 103.0 78 30 10 117 29 9 4 0 2.62 1.04
2007 22 AA POR 16 15 0 86.7 55 17 4 116 22 7 2 0 1.77 0.89
2007 22 AAA PAW 8 8 0 38.7 32 17 5 55 13 1 3 0 3.96 1.16
2007 22 MAJ BOS 4 3 1 22.7 14 4 0 22 10 3 1 0 1.59 1.06
2008 23 AA POR 2 2 0 15.0 7 3 0 18 1 1 0 0 1.80 0.53
2008 23 AAA PAW 9 9 0 43.7 36 12 3 43 17 4 2 0 2.47 1.21
2008 23 MAJ BOS 16 15 0 76.0 93 57 11 72 41 2 9 0 6.75 1.76
2009 24 AAA PAW 17 16 0 99.0 67 26 7 89 30 7 2 0 2.36 0.98
2009 24 MAJ BOS 17 16 0 92.0 91 43 13 68 36 7 4 0 4.21 1.38
2010 25 AAA Paw 1 1 0 3.2 4 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.91 1.56
2010 25 MAJ BOS 28 28 1 173.7 142 45 9 120 67 17 7 0 0 0 2.33 1.20
2011 26 MAJ BOS 14 14 0 82.7 76 32 10 60 31 6 3 0 0 0 3.48 1.29
2012 27 AAA Paw 1 1 0 2.1 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.43
2012 27 MAJ BOS 29 29 1 189.3 187 96 25 129 64 11 8 0 0 0 4.56 1.33
2013 28 A Low 1 1 0 .2 1 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 13.50 20.00
2013 28 AAA Paw 1 1 0 3.1 7 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.70 2.26
2013 28 MAJ BOS 16 16 1 108.3 75 21 4 96 36 12 1 0 0 0 1.74 1.02
2014 29 MAJ BOS 3 3 0 16.3 26 10 4 15 2 0 1 0 0 0 5.51 1.71
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Clay Buchholz
3-Year Averages MAJ   19 19 0 126.8 112 49 13 95 43 9 4 0 0 0 3.48 1.22
Career  (View All) MAJ   127 124 4 761.0 704 308 76 582 287 58 34 0 3.64 1.30

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Clay Buchholz Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 16 @CWS 6.0 6 3 2 1 2 6 1 1 0 - 0 0 0 5.51 1.71
Apr. 10 @NYY 6.0 7 4 2 1 0 6 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 6.97 1.94
Apr. 5 Mil 4.3 13 6 6 2 0 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 12.46 3.00
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 5.4 IP/G
16.3 26 13 10 4 2 15 1 1 0 0-1 0 0 0 5.51 1.71
Last 30 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 5.4 IP/G
16.3 26 13 10 4 2 15 1 1 0 0-1 0 0 0 5.51 1.71
Last 60 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 5.4 IP/G
16.3 26 13 10 4 2 15 1 1 0 0-1 0 0 0 5.51 1.71

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Clay Buchholz Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013232552239903.187
2012429683710122112.266
2011177321539915.241

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013184411436611.216
201237361278615113.260
2011176281637805.242

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201363.3610572301.991.09
201294.76405630144.661.40
201132.0210251413.941.47

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201345.0600391341.400.93
201294.75407334114.471.25
201150.7420351793.201.18
Clay Buchholz Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2006 21 A A 3 3 16.0 12.94 2.25 5.75 0.00 85.7% 1.13 1.08 .311
2006 21 A A 0 21 103.0 10.22 2.53 4.03 0.87 79.4% 2.62 3.18 .282
2007 22 AA POR 16 15 86.7 12.05 2.28 5.27 0.42 82.2% 1.77 1.95 .284
2007 22 AAA PAW 8 8 38.7 12.80 3.03 4.23 1.16 70% 3.96 3.12 .333
2007 22 MAJ BOS 4 3 22.7 8.74 3.97 2.20 0.00 0.87 83.3% 1.59 2.63 .250
2008 23 AA POR 2 2 15.0 10.80 0.60 18.00 0.00 62.5% 1.80 1.00 .224
2008 23 AAA PAW 9 9 43.7 8.86 3.50 2.53 0.62 82% 2.47 3.43 .292
2008 23 MAJ BOS 16 15 76.0 8.53 4.86 1.76 1.30 1.29 62.6% 92.6 MPH 6.75 4.86 .366
2009 24 AAA PAW 17 16 99.0 8.09 2.73 2.97 0.64 78.9% 2.36 3.23 .240
2009 24 MAJ BOS 17 16 92.0 6.65 3.52 1.89 1.27 1.89 73.7% 93.6 MPH 4.21 4.77 .289
2010 25 AAA Paw 1 1 3.2 5.63 2.81 2.00 2.81 75% 4.91 7.89 .299
2010 25 MAJ BOS 28 28 173.7 6.22 3.47 1.79 0.47 1.79 82% 94.1 MPH 2.33 3.74 .265
2011 26 MAJ BOS 14 14 82.7 6.53 3.38 1.94 1.09 1.46 77.3% 92.6 MPH 3.48 4.52 .276
2012 27 AAA Paw 1 1 2.1 12.86 8.57 1.50 0.00 100% 0.00 3.20 .255
2012 27 MAJ BOS 29 29 189.3 6.13 3.04 2.02 1.19 1.50 68.6% 92.2 MPH 4.56 4.76 .286
2013 28 A Low 1 1 .2 45.00 135.00 0.33 0.00 75% 13.50 38.20 1.773
2013 28 AAA Paw 1 1 3.1 5.81 0.00 0.00 0.00 85.7% 2.70 1.91 .509
2013 28 MAJ BOS 16 16 108.3 7.98 2.99 2.67 0.33 1.45 84.1% 91.9 MPH 1.74 2.93 .253
2014 29 MAJ BOS 3 3 16.3 8.27 1.10 7.50 2.20 1.40 75% 90.3 MPH 5.51 5.10 .415
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Clay Buchholz
3-Year Averages MAJ   19 19 126.8 6.74 3.05 2.21 0.92 74.6% 3.48 4.05 .274
Career MAJ   127 124 761.0 6.88 3.39 2.03 0.90 74.6% 3.64 4.14 .286

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2014 Stat Review for Clay Buchholz    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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7.50 K/BB
ELITE
8.27 K/9
GOOD
1.10 BB/9
ELITE
90.3 MPH Fastball
WEAK
2.2 HR/9
TERRIBLE
1.40 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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5.51 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.71 WHIP
TERRIBLE
5.10 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.415 BABIP
HIGH
75.0% Strand Rate
AVERAGE

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Worst Matchups for Clay Buchholz (by OPS against, min 9 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
David Murphy CLE 11 8 1 2 1 0 1 .727 1.182 1.932
Asdrubal Cabrera CLE 9 4 2 2 2 0 0 .444 1.222 1.768
Russell Martin PIT 12 4 4 7 0 1 0 .333 1.333 1.667
Paul Konerko CHI-A 15 7 1 3 2 3 0 .467 .733 1.263
Mark Reynolds MIL 15 5 2 3 3 6 0 .333 .800 1.250
Nelson Cruz BAL 10 4 1 2 1 1 0 .400 .700 1.155
Josh Willingham MIN 9 4 0 1 0 2 0 .444 .667 1.111
Nick Swisher CLE 15 5 1 2 5 2 0 .333 .600 1.100
Daric Barton OAK 9 4 0 4 5 1 1 .444 .444 1.087
J.J. Hardy BAL 19 7 2 3 1 5 0 .368 .684 1.084

Best Matchups for Clay Buchholz (by OPS against, min 9 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
John McDonald ANA 9 1 0 1 0 3 0 .111 .222 .333
Brian Dozier MIN 9 1 0 0 1 3 0 .111 .111 .311
Brett Gardner NY-A 20 3 0 0 0 5 0 .150 .150 .300
Edwin Encarnacion TOR 21 1 0 0 5 3 0 .048 .048 .278
Brett Lawrie TOR 19 2 0 0 1 3 0 .105 .105 .255
Erick Aybar ANA 25 3 0 0 0 0 0 .120 .120 .240
Delmon Young BAL 9 1 0 2 0 2 0 .111 .111 .222
Travis Snider PIT 17 1 0 1 1 9 0 .059 .059 .170
J.P. Arencibia TEX 20 0 0 0 0 5 1 .000 .000 .000
Michael Brantley CLE 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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Clay Buchholz: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Buchholz regained some of velocity in his second start, hitting 94 mph on his fastball, the Providence Journal reports. "My arm strength and everything, it got a lot better within a five-day span," he said. "Usually it doesn't happen that quick. I felt a lot more comfortable with each pitch out there tonight."

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Buchholz took the loss against the Yankees on Thursday, but pitched well, allowing four runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in six innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.

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Manager John Farrell is not concerned with Buchholz's reduced velocity, CSN New England reports. "It was [expected]," Farrell said of Buchholz's velocity, which topped out in the low 90s a handful of times in a 7-6 loss to the Brewers. "Just going back to Saturday night, that was location-related if you ask me."

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The Brewers pounded Buchholz for 13 hits and six runs over 4.1 innings Saturday night. Buchholz struggled with his command and his velocity, the Providence Journal reports. "I was basically missing in the middle of the plate or missing up, and that's where their hits came off," Buchholz said. "I don't think I threw one good pitch that they hit."

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Buchholz threw a career-high 189.1 innings in 2012 after a season that was cut short by a back injury. His rebound season started and ended poorly, but in the middle, Buchholz was Boston's most reliable starter. With John Farrell returning to Boston as the manager, there is a sense that Buchholz, whose career took off with Farrell as the pitching coach, will continue to develop as a starter. While there is some success we can point to, Buchholz has pretty average K/9 and BB/9 rates and his home-run rate (1.2 HR/9) jumped sharply up from his breakout 2010 season (0.5 HR/9). He will enter 2013 as the No. 2 starter behind Jon Lester.

2012

Buchholz suffered a back injury in June and was never able to return to pitch in 2011, finishing with just 82.2 innings over 14 starts. He was pitching well when the back injury cropped up, signaling his stellar 2010 season wasn't a fluke, though there are some warning signs within his numbers. His strikeout and walk rates were pretty average for the second straight season, while maintaining a low BABIP. He's not dominant and we may see some regression as the luck swings the other way, but he's still young and learning how to work through major-league lineups. The 27-year-old righty will remain one of Boston's top three starters and benefits from a strong lineup behind him.

2011

Buchholz emerged as a top starter in 2010 after a couple of stumbles to begin his career. He didn't have problems with runners on base like he had in 2009, holding opponents to a .202 average with runners on (.161 with RISP) last season. He also increased his velocity (to an outstanding 94.1 mph) while maintaining a solid ground-ball rate (50.3 percent of balls in play). But there are some worries as he didn't have a great strikeout rate (6.22 K/9IP) or walk rate (3.47 BB/9IP) and a low .265 BABIP. He may see some regression in his ERA as a result. However, at age 26 and with strong run support behind him, he should be one of the top starters in the AL.

2010

Buchholz was a different pitcher at the major league level in 2009, when compared to his disastrous 2008 experience in Boston. He dominated the International League for Triple-A Pawtucket from April to July -- so much so that he went public with his frustration over not getting a callup to Boston, which was rolling with veterans Brad Penny and John Smoltz at the time of his comments. Buchholz finally got his chance in July when Boston called him up after Smoltz imploded. At Pawtucket, Buchholz established the confidence needed to throw all of his pitches and that carried over to the major leagues. There were a couple of rough outings here and there, but he had very impressive stretches, including a six-game span in which he went 5-0 with six runs allowed in 40 innings. At this stage, he'll be in the mix to be the team's No. 4 starter, but he could be moved as Boston is looking to acquire another bat (Adrian Gonzalez).

2009

Buchholz regressed badly in 2008, beginning the season in Boston's starting rotation before hitting the disabled list and going down to Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox have been tinkering with his mechanics, in specific his arm angle, and getting him to have more confidence in his fastball. His return to Boston after the All-Star break ended the same way as his stint at the start of season, only he was demoted to Double-A. He performed better in the Arizona Fall League, but is still struggling with command. If Boston doesn't end up trading him, he'll compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation this spring.

2008

Buchholz was overpowering at every level right up to his no-hitter against Baltimore in early September. He's got a mid-90's fastball with good command and has the secondary pitches to be a dominant starter in the majors. The Red Sox have been unwilling to give him up in deals, and he'll be in their rotation at some point during the season, if not in April.

2007

Buchholz was named the Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2006 for his work in Single-A at Greenville and Wilmington. In 119 innings (24 starts), he allowed 36 runs while striking out 140 and walking 33. He's a cool customer on the mound, pitching well in pressure situations. He throws a four-seam and a two-seam fastball, a slider, curve and a circle change. He's probably ready to make the jump to Double-A Portland, but the club may wait until the warmer weather hits Maine before assigning him there. Buchholz is expected to hit the majors in late 2008.