Buchanan takes impressive spring into first start

Buchanan takes impressive spring into first start

TAMPA, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander David Buchanan has been impressive early in Spring Training.

Buchanan, whom the organization selected in the seventh round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, allowed one hit and struck out three in two scoreless innings during the Phillies' Saturday afternoon 4-0 loss to the Yankees in a Grapefruit League game at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

He struck out Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts in the first.

"That was definitely an experience I'm going to mark down in the books," Buchanan said. "Throwing against the Yankees by itself is an accomplishment for me, but especially Derek doing what he's doing ... it was a blessing for me to be here. I had a blast doing it, playing with these guys here. Really good time."

Buchanan is worth watching as the spring progresses, if for no other reason than the Phillies are short on starting pitching depth with Cole Hamels, Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin injured or behind schedule with shoulder issues. There could be an opportunity for him at some point.

He said he isn't thinking about it.

"Coming up, I used to worry about that kind of stuff," he said. "If a guy was hurt or a guy was doing well, if I was doing good or I was doing bad, if I was going to get called up or if I was going to get sent down -- I used to worry about that kind of stuff. I talked to Domonic Brown a lot coming up, he was kind of a mentor to me, just about that kind of stuff. That's one of the first things he told me: 'You can't worry about that kind of stuff. Those things will take care of itself.' If I can continue to go out there and get outs and prove myself, when my time comes, my time comes."

Said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg: "He's been impressive since Day 1 for me."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.