Buck Farmer, RHP, Georgia Tech
Class: Senior; Height: 6-4; Weight: 223
After turning in a solid junior season (106.2 IP, 9.70 K/9, and 3.12 BB/9), the Milwaukee Brewers selected Farmer in the fifteenth round last season. The 6-foot-4 right-hander opted not to sign, heading back Georgia Tech and potentially risking injury as well.
Farmer turned in another, well, Farmer-like season, averaging more than a strikeout per inning with strong control (2.55 BB/9).
Projection: It’s a bit surprising that Farmer lasted until the fifteenth round last season given a rather lengthy track record of strong peripherals. According to CollegeSplits.com, once his numbers are adjusted for the home ballpark and strength of schedule they become even more impressive: 10.45 K/9, 2.39 BB/9, 2.47 ERA and 3.15 FIP. He also generates a lot of contact handled by infielders too.
A red flag for the senior, however, is the amount of extra-base hits he’s allowed: 19 doubles, one triple, and four homeruns. He looks like a backend starter, maybe a good relief arm.
Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Drafted: Fifth Round or Later
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