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Farmer picks up first victory of season

Austin back in the groove with Trenton

Buck Farmer bounced back nicely from an up down first start of the season with a victory in start No. 2.

The Rockdale graduate tossed six innings of one-run ball as the Class A West Michigan Whitecaps of the Detroit Tigers organization defeated the Beloit Snappers 8-1 last weekend.

Farmer, who is beginning his first full season in professional baseball with the Class A Midwest League Whitecaps, scattered seven hits, but struck out six in improving to 1-1 with a 2.79 ERA through his first 9 2/3 innings of the season.

The Conyers native and Georgia Tech graduate was selected in the fifth round (156th overall) in the 2013 draft after a stellar career at Tech. In his first professional season in 2013, the right-hander had a 3.09 ERA in 32 innings pitched for Connecticut of the New York-Penn League.

Tyler Austin has also come on strong of late for the New York Yankees’ Class AA affiliate.

Austin, a 2010 Heritage graduate, has hit safely in five of his last six games, including a pair of two-hit games for the Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League. In 30 plate appearances, the infielder/outfielder is hitting .241 (7 of 29) with three RBIs.

The 22-year old, who is in his fifth year in the Yankees’ organization after being selected in the 13th round (415th overall) in the 2010 draft, was hampered by a wrist injury that forced him to be held back in Extended Spring Training. His first game on April 8 was Trenton’s fifth contest of the season.