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Tigers draft Farmer in fifth round

Former Rockdale pitcher Buck Farmer was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round of the Major League First-Year Player Draft Friday.

Farmer, who twice was voted as a first-team Atlantic Coast Conference member while starring as Georgia Tech's Friday starter, was taken with the 156th overall pick.

It’s the third time in the last four years Farmer has been drafted.

After a stand out prep career at Rockdale, the right-hander was taken in the 46th round of the 2009 draft by the Atlanta Braves. Farmer chose to attend Georgia Tech and began a stellar four-year career at the Atlanta school.

In his first season as the Friday starter, Farmer was an all-conference first-team selection as a junior, then was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 15th round of the 2012 draft. Farmer went back to Tech for his senior season and helped the Yellow Jackets get to within one win of the Super Regionals.

The decision to return to school has paid off for the 6-4, 223-pound right-hander. This past season he went 9-5 with career highs in ERA (2.78), strikeouts (122) and innings pitched (113 1/3). Now, the Conyers native is a Detroit Tiger.

"I think, senior season, I enjoyed every bit of it,” Farmer said after a season-ending loss to Vanderbilt on June 3. “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."