Farmer bounces back for Whitecaps

After a pair of rough starts in mid-June, Buck Farmer closed the month getting back on the winning track.

The Conyers native, in his second season with the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps of the Detroit Tigers organization, tossed six dominant innings in the Whitecaps’ 3-1 victory over the Bowling Green Hot Rods in a Midwest League game June 28. Farmer, a 6-4, 225-pound Rockdale High School graduate, allowed just one run and scattered six hits in his best start since defeating the Great Lakes Loons in an eight-inning, one-earned run performance on June 6.

In his previous two starts - a loss and a no-decision June 12 and June 21 - the right-hander surrendered nine earned runs in 10 innings pitched. He was much better against the Hot Rods, allowing no more than one earned run for the seventh time in 2014.

Farmer, who was a Midwest League all-star and threw a scoreless inning of relief in the game earlier this month, also struck out six Bowling Green batters to reach 100 strikeouts, a total which through the games of June 30 leads the Midwest League.

In 14 appearances (all starts) spread out over 81 2/3 innings pitched, the former Georgia Tech stand out is 7-5 with a 3.21 ERA and his walk total of 23 includes just seven free passes in his last seven outings.

Bazzani signs Major League contract

Another former area standout pitcher, Anthony Bazzani, recently began his professional career. Bazzani, a graduate of Heritage High School, signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the 6-5, 215-pound right-handed pitcher was assigned to the Diamondbacks’ rookie league team in the Arizona League.

Bazzani, who played his collegiate baseball at Eastern Kentucky, has already appeared in two games for Arizona and is yet to allow a baserunner. The Stockbridge native picked up the save in Arizona’s 8-6 win over the Arizona League Reds June 30.