Mets minor league pitcher Connor Buchmann has been suspended for a 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines. The Mets selected Buchmann in the 11th round of the 2014 amateur draft. He started his professional career with the Gulf Coast League Mets but threw just 6.2 innings in relief that season.
In 2015, Buchmann played for the Kingsport Mets and had a 13.89 ERA with five strikeouts and 19 walks in 11.2 innings of work.
A late convert to pitching during his college career at Oklahoma, the right-hander is 6'1 and throws at a low arm angle. His fastball is also reported to be in the high nineties, a rarity for a later draft pick. Here's what Alex Nelson said about Buchmann when the Mets drafted him:
Ninety-eight miles per hour doesn’t happen very often in the eleventh round, and he’s pretty interesting just because of that fact, because before I knew that, I had questions. When I saw his career numbers, I questioned why the Mets took Buchmann where they did. He didn’t fit in like most college picks in the 11th round. Not only that, I questioned why Oklahoma gave him a spot in the rotation after a lackluster junior college career. I questioned why Howard College, one of the very best junior college programs in the country, kept him around.
Now I know.