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Farmer's smart moves benefit Tigers' Draft

Farmer's smart moves benefit Tigers' Draft

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DETROIT -- Rather than sign with the Brewers, who took Buck Farmer in the 15th round of the 2012 Draft, the 22-year-old returned to Georgia Tech for his senior season, and it's looking like it may have been a good move by the right-hander. The Tigers selected Farmer in the fifth round (156th overall) of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

The three-time All-ACC pitcher struck out 122 hitters in 113 1/3 innings. He also went 9-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 17 starts. Farmer earned a 5-1 record, mostly out of the bullpen during his freshman year before improving to an 11-3 mark in his first full season as a collegiate starting pitcher.

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A strong, durable workhorse type, Farmer will mix four Major League average or better pitches. His fastball may top out at around 91 mph, but it seems faster thanks to an above-average changeup that's a legitimate weapon. Add in a sharp slider and a curve that shows sign of being a usable second breaking ball and you have the makings of a solid middle-of-the-rotation-type starter.

Farmer was also drafted in the 46th round in the 2009 Draft by his hometown Braves, but he elected to play for the Yellow Jackets.

Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Nightengalejr. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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