Wednesday, August 7, 2013
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Buck Farmer may be on an innings limit in his first season in professional baseball, but that hasn’t stopped the Rockdale graduate from impressing on the mound.
Farmer tossed three scoreless innings - the fourth time outing in eight appearances he hasn’t allowed a run - in the Single-A short-season New York-Penn League Connecticut Tigers’ recent 4-3 loss to Mahoning Valley.
Farmer, who was drafted in the fifth round of June’s First-Year Player Draft out of Georgia Tech, has been held to no more than three innings in all eight of his appearances, including seven starts. Against Lowell July 27, he allowed one hit in three shut out innings and he equaled the feat, this time allowing two hits, in the no-decision against Mahoning Valley (Niles, Ohio).
The 22-year old Conyers native also continued to rack up strikeouts after a four-year career at Tech built on high strikeout totals. Farmer struck out five more batters against Mahoning Valley and has 22 in 20 innings pitched at the professional level. He’s also walked just four batters while lowering his ERA to 3.60.
Farmer, a 6-3, 220-pound right-hander who has just one decision - a loss to Lowell July 2 - is expected to make another start sometime this weekend when Connecticut (Norwich, Connecticut) plays at Auburn (Auburn, New York).