Buck Farmer had to wait a long time, but the former Rockdale stand out got to hear his name called on draft day. Farmer, who just completed his junior season at Georgia Tech, was selected in the 15th run (485th pick overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday during the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Farmer, who was a first-team all-ACC member in 2012 and who MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo had ranked as the No. 96 prospect in the country prior the draft, has until July 13 to sign with Milwaukee.
Farmer had an excellent junior season as Tech’s Friday starter, going 8-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 16 starts, while compiling 115 strike outs in 106 2/3 innings pitched. He was named an all-ACC first-team performer before he allowed seven earned runs in 13 innings pitched (4.84 ERA) in two postseason starts-a win over Florida State in the ACC Tournament opener and a loss to Florida in last weekend’s Gainesville Regional.
After starring at Rockdale, Farmer was drafted in the 46th round (1,378th overall) of the 2009 draft by the Atlanta Braves, but enrolled at Tech.
As a freshman, Farmer went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA in 19 appearances (three starts), and had 49 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched.
His sophomore season was his best as a collegiate, as Farmer went 11-3 with a 2.82 ERA and was named to the all-ACC second team. Farmer pitched well in the 2011 Cape Cod wood bat league, the most prestigious college summer league in the country, which earned him pre-season All-America status.
Another former area hurler was drafted Wednesday as Heritage graduate Anthony Bazzani was taken in the 31st round (942nd overall) by the Baltimore Orioles. Bazzani, who this past spring had a 3.40 ERA and eight saves in 27 appearances for Eastern Kentucky, is a rising senior at the Richmond, Kentucky school.