Brandon Buckman was the Cardinals 19th Round Choice (586 Overall) of the 2006 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Nebraska. Buckman stand 6’6” and bats left and throws left. Buckman is a smooth fielder with good bat control and outstanding power. He has below average speed. Some say he can remind you of Chris Duncan due to his combination of power and size.
Buckman had a very impressive professional debut. Buckman hit .300/.367/.478 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 62 games for Rookie-level Johnson City. He was as impressive with the glove as Buckman led all first baseman with a .989 fielding percentage. For his efforts, Buckman was named an Appalachian League All-Star.
The beginning of the 2007 season found Buckman getting his first taste of full season ball at the Cardinals’ Low Class A affiliate, the Swing of the Quad Cities. As of May 1, 2007, Buckman is hitting .280 with 5 HRs, that ranks first in the Midwest League, and 19 RBIs, which is second in the MWL.
Buckman was chosen as a First Team all Big 12 player after finishing his senior season hitting .339, with 14 HRs and 51 RBIs. He hit .375 with a pair of multi-hit game in the NCAA Regionals. An intelligent player on the field and in the class room, Buckman was selected as a 2006 Second-Team Academic All-American (3.48 GPA in Civil Engineering), as well as 2006 First-Team Academic Big 12. Buckman was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Baseball Team. Brandon was named multiple times to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2004; Spring 2005; Fall 2005). In 2005, Buckman provided a solid presence in the Husker lineup, batting .335 with two homers and 30 RBIs in his first season at Nebraska.
Buckman began his college career at Garden City Community College in Kansas. Buckman garnered NJCAA All-America honors in 2004, batting .460 with 16 homers and 69 RBIs. He earned Academic All-American honors during both years at Garden City. He hit .492 with 7 HRs and 33 RBIs as a senior at Lewis-Palmer High School in Colorado.