Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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It appears the Detroit Tigers think quite highly of a former area baseball standout.
Rockdale High School graduate Buck Farmer has been called up from Double-A to the Tigers and will make his Major League debut Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park.
Farmer will be the first player from a Rockdale County high school to make his major league debut since former Salem standout Billy Buckner, currently a member of the San Diego Padres organization, broke in with the Kansas City Royals in 2007.
“He’s pitched very well,” Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski told mlb.com. “He’s got good stuff. Ideally, you’d have more development time. I haven’t seen him myself really, maybe one start. Our guys like him.”
Farmer, a fifth-round selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Georgia Tech, has been as good as any Detroit pitching farmhand in his second season with the organization. He started the year with Single-A West Michigan of the Midwest League and went 10-5 with a 2.60 ERA in 18 starts spread out over 103 2/3 innings pitched. After a promotion to Double-A Erie of the Eastern League, the right-hander made a pair of starts, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings. The success allowed the 23-year old to vault to No. 8 on mlb.com’s top Detroit prospects list, then put on a big league uniform in time to face Pittsburgh in battle of second-place teams.
“Wanna thank everyone for the tweets and support! Tomorrow night my childhood dreams become a reality!” Farmer said Tuesday on his Twitter account.
Farmer is scheduled to throw his first Major League pitch at 7:08 p.m.