Smart player with great instincts, tools and versatility... Has the defensive skills to match a steady bat.
Wayne Graham said -- "We think Greg is a front-line Division I player. He evidently has improved his power in the fall and we think he'll be a definite impact player at second base. Outstanding fielder."
Rice -- 2005: All-Silver Glove Series (most outstanding player)... Newcomer who had a vital role with the team... Appeared in 52 games with 51 starts... Missed three weeks at the start of the year after getting hit by a pitch at Houston (Feb. 22) that broke his foot... Returned to play every game of the season-long five-game series against Houston and was named the series' outstanding player... Made 22 starts at third base before moving over to second midway through the year, finishing with 26 starts at second and three in the outfield... Contact hitter who batted second in the order 48 times in 51 starts... One of the toughest players on the team to strike out (only 20 times in 216 at bats)... Fourth on the team in hitting (.306) and fifth in hits (66)... Led the team with eight sacrifice bunts... Among the Western Athletic Conference leaders with three triples... Steady player who batted .306 during the season, .307 in conference games and .324 with runners on base... Hit .391 in the five-game Silver Glove series... Batted .348 with three doubles in the Owls' six postseason games, including 5-for-12 at the New Orleans Super Regional... Collected two or more hits in a game 18 times, including a career-best three hits in a game six different times... Hit safely in 16 consecutive games (Feb. 12-Apr. 2), the second-longest streak on the team... Ended the year at the Super Regional having hit safely in eight consecutive games... Tallied two or more RBI in a game five times, highlighted by season-high four at Nevada... Drove in 8 of 31 runs with two outs already recorded in the inning... Batted in the winning run in the regional championship game at LSU... Converted on five of six stolen base attempts... Solid defensive player no matter where he played... Made only one error in 147 defensive chances at second base for a .993 fielding percentage... Started or turned 26 double plays at second and another five more at third.
Junior College -- One-year letterman for coach Bryan Alexander at Alvin Community College... Junior college teammate of current Owl Adam Traweek... Second team all-America honoree... Earned all-conference and all-region honors... Rawlings Big Stick Award recipient... Hit .481 for the Dolphins and helped lead them to a third-place finish in Region 14.
Univ. of Houston -- Played in 38 games with 11 starts as a true freshman across town at the University of Houston... Helped the Cougars reach 37 wins and the NCAA super regional... Hit .122 in 49 at bats with six runs scored and five RBI.
High School -- 2002 graduate of Clear Brook High School in Friendswood... Three-year starter and letterwinner under coach Russell Ferrell... Two-time MVP for the Wolverines... Earned first team all-District 24-5A honors as a pitcher in 2002 and as an infielder in 2001... Played in the Houston area all-star game... Maintained a 3.9 grade point average and was honored in Who's Who Among American High School Students.
Personal -- Full Name: Gregory Raymond Buchanan. Born: Nov. 16, 1983, at Houston. Parents: Dan and Michelle Buchanan, Friendswood (two brothers). Major: kinesiology. College: Martel.
Buchanan's Rice Statistics
Year Avg GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB ATT PO A E FLD%
2005 .306 52 51 216 34 66 11 3 1 31 86 .398 11 7 20 6 .356 2 8 5 6 83 120 3 .985
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