Former Georgia Tech Pitcher Buck Farmer to make Major League Debut


Right-handed pitcher Buck Farmer ,who was drafted in the fifth-round of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2013 by the Detroit Tigers, is going to be making his first Major League start Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Farmer is being brought up so the Tigers can push back the start pitching of Rick Porcello to Friday.

Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski, in an article by Chris Lott for ,spoke about how the organization and coaches feel that Farmer is ready to bring his arm up to “The Show” and will succeed:

“He’s pitched very well. He’s got good stuff. Ideally, you’d have more development time. I haven’t seen him really myself, hardly at all, maybe one start. Our guys like him.”

-Dave Dombrowski

The move to bring Farmer up to Double-A and now the Majors at this time was so that he could get some pitching reps in just in case Detroit needs him for the stretch run. Dombrowski also spoke to that reasoning in the article:

“We were concerned, if we needed extra pitching down the road, at least it’d give him some exposure at the next level, and he’s pitched very well there twice.”

-Dave Dombrowski

In 18 starts for Single-A West Michigan, Farmer was 10-5 with a 2.60 ERA. He also had two starts with Double-A Erie and went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA.

All this shuffling with the Tigers pitching rotation is  happening because of an injury to Anibal Sanchez who will be placed on the Disabled list in the near future.

Farmer’s first Major League start will be in Detroit against Pittsburgh’s Vance Worley who will be bringing in a record of 5-1 with a 2.30 ERA. The game starts at 7PM EST.