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Farmer dazzles again for Whitecaps

Buck Farmer was dazzling on the mound once again. The Conyers native hurled six dominant innings, allowing just two singles in the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps’ 7-4 win over Dayton on July 11.

Farmer retired the first nine batters he faced before surrendering consecutive singles to start the Dayton fourth inning. No problem for the Rockdale High School product, who didn’t allow another baserunner over the final three frames to register his ninth win of the season.

Since struggling in consecutive starts in June, Farmer has been masterful in his last three outings.

The 6-4, 225-pound right-hander has allowed one earned run and 13 hits, struck out 14 and walked only one batter while completing exactly six innings in three straight victories for the Whitecaps, who through the games of July 13 were tied with Lake County for second place in the Midwest League Eastern Division.

Farmer, a Georgia Tech graduate who is in his second season in the Detroit Tigers’ organization, is 9-5 in 16 starts in 2014. In 93 2/3 innings, the 23-year old has allowed 29 earned runs (2.79 ERA, sixth in the Midwest League) and struck out a league-high 108 batters while walking only 23.

He’s scheduled to make his 17th start either Friday in West Michigan’s series finale against Peoria, or during the following three-game series against Burlington.