Former Peninsula Pilot Buck Farmer made his major league debut on August 13 starting on the mound for the Detroit Tigers. Farmer pitched five innings, allowing four runs and striking out four.
The Georgia Tech product has made an exceptionally quick rise to the major leagues after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft last June. Between both Class A and Double-A ball, Farmer pitched a combined 115 2/3 innings with an 11-5 record, 2.65 ERA, and 127 strikeouts.
His strong play led to him being ranked as the eighth best prospect in the Tigers system, but his debut certainly was not expected this early despite his success. However, due to injuries and other circumstances that have depleted the Tigers pitching staff of late, Farmer was needed to make a spot start for a team that is fighting for a playoff spot.
“He’s got good stuff. Ideally, you’d have more development time, but our guys like him,” Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski told MLB.com. “Actually, that’s why we moved him to Double-A, because we were concerned about if we need extra pitching down the road, at least to give him some exposure at the next level, and he’s pitched very well there twice.”
His stuff was on display early on Wednesday night as he did not allow a hit until the third inning and struck out three of the first six outs he recorded. While he gave up four runs in his final three innings, he battled and was able to give the Tigers enough to get a much-needed win.
During his time in the CPL, Farmer went 4-3 in seven starts for the Pilots finishing with a 3.89 ERA over 39 1/3 innings pitched while striking out 28 batters. He became the 73rd CPL alum to make his major league debut and the eighth already this season alone. Farmer marks the sixth Peninsula Pilot to debut, following Ian Thomas who debuted for Atlanta on opening day of 2014.
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