Buchholz with the New York Mets in 2011
|Born: October 13, 1981|
Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania
|April 7, 2006, for the Houston Astros|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 29, 2011, for the New York Mets|
|Earned run average||4.28|
Buchholz started out as a minor leaguer for the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2003, he was dealt with Ezequiel Astacio and Brandon Duckworth to the Astros for all-star closer Billy Wagner. Originally forgotten by many fans due to Astacio and Duckworth both quickly being brought up to the majors, Buchholz proceeded to impress scouts in the minors, showing promise for the future. After going 6-0 with a 4.81 ERA in 20 games for the Astros Triple A Affiliate Round Rock Express in 2005, Buchholz was called up to the Astros main roster in the 2006 season.
His first success came in his second major league appearance in what was almost a complete-game one-hit shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first hit came when second baseman Eric Bruntlett double-clutched the ball before throwing, allowing runner Chris Duffy to reach first base safely. After Jack Wilson singled, Astros manager Phil Garner pulled Buchholz and brought in closer Brad Lidge, who struck out Jason Bay to end the game. Buchholz ended up going 82⁄3 innings and giving up only two hits.
According to SI.com, Buchholz was included as part of a proposed December 7, 2006 trade with the Chicago White Sox to bring Jon Garland to the Astros. The trade, however, fell through when Buchholz failed his physical. Buchholz denies this, telling the Houston Chronicle that he has not had a physical since prior to the 2006 season. These rumors were denied by White Sox general manager Ken Williams.
On December 12, the Astros traded Willy Taveras, Taylor Buchholz, and Jason Hirsh to the Colorado Rockies for Rockies pitchers Jason Jennings and Miguel Asencio. In the 2007 season, Buchholz was utilized by the Rockies as a starter but was later moved into the bullpen. In 2008, Buchholz took up the role as a set-up man for Rockies closer, Brian Fuentes. After missing all of 2009 due to Tommy John surgery, Buchholz made his 2010 debut on July 24, giving up a 2-run homer to Raúl Ibañez. Weeks later, on August 17, he was again placed on the DL with lower back stiffness.
Toronto Blue Jays
On September 9, 2010, Buchholz was claimed off of waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays and placed on the team's 40-man roster. He pitched two scoreless innings for Blue Jays in September before being waived. He was claimed off of waivers by the Boston Red Sox on November 15, then non-tendered on December 2.
New York Mets
Buchholz signed a one-year contract with the New York Mets on January 3, 2011. His season was plagued by his battle with depression. On November 14, 2011 he was outrighted off the Mets roster. 
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