Farmer, Austin updates from down in the minors

The eighth start of Buck Farmer’s young professional career turned into his second loss. Farmer, the Rockdale High School and Georgia Tech graduate, allowed three runs - though just one was earned - in the Connecticut Tigers’ 7-3 loss to the Auburn Doubledays last weekend. Farmer, a fifth-round selection by the Detroit Tigers in June’s Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, surrendered four hits, his fourth-highest total in a single start, and gave up his first home run when Bryan Lippincott hit a two-run shot in the first inning.

Despite the set back, Farmer, who is 0-2 in nine appearances, kept up his excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 23 innings pitched, the right-hander has struck out 23 batters and walked just four. Though opponents are hitting .287 against Farmer, his ERA stands at a respectable 3.52 heading into a probable start this weekend.

Austin’s season could be over

There’s a good chance Tyler Austin’s third full season in professional baseball has come to an end.

The Heritage graduate and New York Yankees farmhand has been out since mid-July with a wrist injury and no timetable has been announced for his return. Austin, a 10th round selection in 2010, played in the Eastern League All Star Game July 10, then in the Double A Trenton Thunder’s first two games after the all-star break, July 11-12, but hasn’t played since.

After a breakout season in 2012 in which he hit .322 with 17 home runs and 80 RBIs, was named the Yankees’ Minor League Player of the Year and promoted to Trenton towards the end of the season. 2013 has been a different story. The Conyers native was hitting .254 (79-for-311) with a .344 on-base percentage and just six home runs and 39 RBIs in 81 games before the injury. Even if Austin is able to play again this summer, the Yankees may choose to shut him down as second-place Trenton has only 19 games remaining on its schedule, not including a best-of-five playoff series against first-place Binghamton next month, starting with tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game at New Hampshire.