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Farmer set for MLB draft

— Buck Farmer’s life is about to change in a big way. The Rockdale graduate, who just finished one of the most successful pitching careers in Georgia Tech history, is expected to be drafted in one of the early rounds when the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft begins tonight.

Farmer, who in his final collegiate game started on one day’s rest and took the loss in Monday’s deciding game of the Nashville Regional against Vanderbilt, went 9-5 with a 2.78 ERA and one of the nation’s top strike out totals (121) in 113 1/3 innings pitched. He also left Tech ranked third in the program’s history in career strikeouts (387), tied for third in wins (33) and 14th in ERA (3.12).

Though this weekend is a big one for Farmer, it’s not as if the whole draft process is new to the Conyers native. After a stand out prep career at Rockdale, the right-hander was selected in the 46th round of the 2009 draft by the Atlanta Braves, but chose to enroll at Tech. After a sparkling junior season in 2012 that ended with a first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, Farmer was again drafted, this time in the 15th round by the Milwaukee Brewers. Farmer again chose to stay at Tech and return as the ace of the Yellow Jackets’ staff for his senior season, and that move seems to have paid off.

For the second consecutive season Farmer was named a first-team all-conference member and the 6-4, 223-pounder should be selected within the first six rounds.

“I think, senior season, I enjoyed every bit of it,” Farmer said after the loss to Vanderbilt. “I don’t have any regrets on coming back and playing for coach (Danny) Hall and playing for this team my senior season. I feel like (coming back for his senior season) worked out to my benefit. Thought I threw well and would’ve liked to have a better season, every pitcher wants to go 14, 15-0.

The first two rounds of the draft will take place tonight with rounds three-through-10 Friday and the draft will conclude Saturday with rounds 11-through-40.