Monday, July 21, 2014
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The month of July has been quite kind to Buck Farmer.
The Detroit Tigers farmhand pitched five innings of one-run ball for the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps on July 18, and though he picked up a no-decision in the Whitecaps’ 3-2 win over Peoria, it was the Conyers native’s fourth consecutive outing of one run allowed or less.
Three of those starts have come in July where the right-hander is 2-0 with one earned run surrendered in 17 innings pitched (0.53 ERA) over three starts. Against Peoria, Farmer (9-5) missed out on becoming the Midwest League’s first 10-game winner, but he pitched well after a shaky start. The Rockdale High School graduate allowed a leadoff triple to Vaughn Bryan to open the game and then two batters later, Justin Ringo singled for the game’s first run. But Farmer surrendered just three hits and a walk the rest of the way.
It’s been a stellar sophomore season in professional baseball for Farmer. Through the games of July 20, the 6-4, 225-pound Georgia Tech graduate had struck out a Midwest League-best 113 batters and his 2.74 ERA was sixth-best.
In 17 starts, Farmer, a Midwest League All Star, has issued just 24 walks and opponents have managed a .235 batting average in his 98 2/3 innings pitched.
Farmer is scheduled to make his 18th start this coming weekend when West Michigan finishes a three-game series at Clinton Friday, then travels to Kane County for a three-game series beginning July 26.