Rockdale grad shines for Whitecaps

Buck Farmer put together a pair of excellent starts recently. The Rockdale graduate, now pitching for the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Class A Midwest League, tossed seven innings of shut out ball in a no-decision May 30 against Dayton, then fired eight innings and allowed just one earned run in a victory over Great Lakes June 6.

The performance against Great Lakes was the sixth time the Conyers native has allowed one earned run or less (he’s 5-1 with a no-decision in those six appearances).

Farmer, a fifth-round selection in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft out of Georgia Tech in his second season with the Detroit Tigers organization, is 6-4 with a 2.60 ERA (19 earned runs in 65 2/3 innings pitched) in 11 starts for the Whitecaps, who through Monday led the Eastern Division by a half game over South Bend.

The right-hander has always relied heavily on the strikeout and his professional career hasn’t been any different. He leads the Midwest with 82 punch outs, while his ERA was good enough for seventh in the league through the games of June 11.

Farmer is scheduled to make his 12th start when the Whitecaps play at Great Lakes tonight at 7:05 p.m.