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Farmer solid in Erie debut

Buck Farmer made a nice first impression with his new team recently.

The Rockdale High School graduate, who was recently promoted from Single-A West Michigan of the Detroit Tigers organization, pitched well in his first start for Double-A Erie of the Eastern League.

In a 9-2 victory at New Britain on August 1, Farmer went six innings and allowed three hits and two earned runs, striking out six batters in a 91-pitch effort.

The Conyers native and fifth round selection in the 2013 Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, was called up to Erie in late-July after an excellent 18-start stretch with West Michigan of the Midwest League. To start his second season of professional baseball, Farmer was 10-5 with a 2.60 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings pitched for West Michigan, and the win and strikeout totals and ERA all were near the top of the Midwest League when he was promoted.

Farmer was expected to make his second start for Erie either Thursday in a late game against New Hampshire, or at some point this weekend as part of a three-game home series with New Britain.