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Farmer moving on up to Double-A

Buck Farmer is moving up in the professional baseball world.

Farmer, a Rockdale High School graduate in his second season in the Detroit Tigers organization, was promoted to the Double-A Erie Sea Wolves Wednesday. The right-hander is expected to jump right into the Erie starting rotation.

The promotion was well-deserved for the Conyers native, who put up excellent numbers for Single-A West Michigan. In his first full season with Detroit after being selected in the fifth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft, Farmer dazzled for West Michigan. In 18 starts, the 23-year old Farmer recorded 116 strikeouts and a 2.60 ERA, which before he was promoted were first and fifth, respectively in the Midwest League. He also went 10-5, including going his final six starts without a loss, and walked just 24 batters in 103 2/3 innings pitched.

Farmer, who was named a Midwest League all-star and pitched a scoreless inning in the June 17 game, was excited about the in-season promotion.

“Gonna miss my Whitecaps boys for sure, but happy to be joining @erie_seawolves,” Farmer said on his Twitter account.

In an interesting twist, Farmer will be joining another former Rockdale County standout in the Eastern League. Tyler Austin, a Heritage graduate, plays for the Eastern Division Trenton Thunder of the New York Yankees organization. Erie, a team based out of Pennsylvania, plays in the Western Division. The teams don’t meet over the final month of the Double-A regular season, which concludes on September 1.