Buck Farmer capped a wild week by making his Major League debut
Tech's five Saturday picks were led by 14th-rounder Josh Heddinger
The youthful Jackets have a learning curve ahead of them
Georgia Tech Baseball enters 2014 with exuberance over experience
Daniel Palka was a first-team All-Region and second-team All-America selection
Nolan Alexander of RamblinWreck.com sat down with Georgia Tech Baseball pitcher Buck Farmer before the Yellow Jackets weekend series against Florida State.
Georgia Tech Baseball head coach Danny Hall and juniors Buck Farmer and Brandon Thomas talk about the team on the first day of practice - 1/27/12
Photos by Mike Strasinger
Photos by Mike Strasinger
Georgia Tech beats No. 2 North Carolina, 9-8 (Photos by Danny Karnik)
Georgia Tech beats No. 2 North Carolina, 5-4 (Photos by Danny Karnik)
Tech Beats Virginia, 2-1 (Photos by Danny Karnik)
Awards & Honors
*2013 Preseason All-America
*2012 All-ACC First Team
*2012 ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-Region
*2012 Preseason All-America
*2011 All-ACC Second Team
*2010 Coastal Plain Summer League No. 2 Pro Prospect (Baseball America)
MLB Draft History
*Drafted by Milwaukee in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB Draft but chose to return to Tech
*Drafted by Atlanta in the 46th round of the 2009 MLB Draft Pick but elected to enroll at Georgia Tech
Enters his senior season ranked 13th on Tech's all-time strikeouts list (265), 15th in career wins (24), 20th in career winning percentage (.750, 24-8) and 16th in career ERA (3.27)... A highly-touted pitcher coming off back-to-back All-ACC performances in 2011 and 2012... Was drafted in the 15th round by Milwaukee last year by chose to return for his senior year... Has great size and is a tough competitor ... Possesses a plus fastball and slider with a dominating changeup... Expected to hold down the Jackets' Friday spot for the second straight season... Named a NCBWA Preseason All-America in 2013... Rated the No. 2 prospect in the 2010 Coastal Plain Summer League by Baseball America.
ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-Region... First Team All-ACC... Was Tech's workhorse by logging a team-high 106.2 innings (third in the ACC)... Pitched to a 3.54 ERA... Allowed just 100 hits with 37 walks and 115 strikeouts (third-most in the ACC)... Was the ACC's only pitcher to fire a complete-game shutout with his 1-0 masterpiece versus Duke that earned him ACC Pitcher of the Week and College Sports Madness National Pitcher of the Week honors... Allowed just three hits, no walks with 11 strikeouts in the dominating performances over the Blue Devils as he out-dueled Marcus Stroman in arguably the ACC's best pitched game of the season... If you remove one game from Farmer's season (4.1 innings, 14 hits, 11 runs at Boston College), his season ERA drops to 2.73... Was on the wrong end of a 5-0 setback in Tech's 2012 opener vs. Kent State, although matching his career-high of nine strikeouts against just one walk in six innings... Fanned a career high 13 batters -- half the 26 he faced -- over six innings in a 12-4 win over Ohio State (2/24)... Gave Tech another strong start versus Rutgers (3/2), going seven innings, allowing six hits and two runs with nine strikeouts to win his second straight start... He won for the third straight time at NC State by going six innings with one earned run and six strikeouts... Won his fourth-consecutive start (second-longest streak in career), going seven innings and throwing a season-high 113 pitches in a 12-3 win over Virginia Tech (3/16) that clinched the 1,000th career win for head coach Danny Hall... Had his four-start winning streak snapped at Boston College (3/23)... Named ACC Pitcher of the Week on 4/2 after throwing the ACC's first complete-game shutout of the season versus Duke (M31)... Followed up his Duke performance with another stellar effort by going eight innings and allowing just one run and five hits with eight strikeouts versus No. 2 Florida State (Tech fell 2-1 in 10 innings)... His 126 pitches thrown vs. FSU were a career-high... Farmer continued his career dominance over North Carolina (4/20), allowing six hits and two runs in seven innings, en route to an 11-4 win (Farmer shut out UNC last season and yielded just four hits in eight innings)... Tossed seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts vs. Charlotte (5/5) and combined with Clay Dalton and Daniel Palka for Tech's fourth shutout of the year and Farmer's third career combined shutout... Allowed five hits (four home runs) and five runs in a no-decision at No. 22 Virginia... Pitched a gem versus No. 21 Miami, allowing just two hits and a run in six innings and turned a 4-1 lead over to the bullpen -- was just as sharp on both sides of an 85-minute lightning delay that occurred after the third inning... Farmer gave the Jackets another quality start in the postseason, going six innings with five strikeouts and three runs allowed in a 5-4 win over No. 1 Florida State to open Tech's ACC Tournament title run... Facing a No. 1 team for the second straight start, he gave the Jackets a gem versus the top-ranked Florida Gators in the NCAA Gainesville Regional... Pitched seven innings, allowing seven hits and four runs with five strikeouts, but absorbed a tough 6-2 loss to the Gators.
Second team All-ACC... Finished his dominating sophomore season at 11-3 in 16 starts as Tech's Sunday starter... Third in the rotation behind a pair of 2011 MLB draft picks - first-rounder Jed Bradley and fifth-rounder Mark Pope... Posted a 2.82 ERA, recorded a pair of complete games... Went 8-1 in conference play in 2011 with a 3.03 ERA and upped his ACC record to 11-1 in his career... The eight conference wins were the most by any pitcher in the league in 2011, while his 99.1 innings were the fourth-most in the league... Only 34 of his 47 runs allowed were earned... Ran a seven-game win streak from March 6-May 1... Made quality starts in nine of his 16 appearances... Opened the season by allowing no runs through 5.0 innings against Kent State but received little run support in the no decision (Feb. 20)... Picked up his first win of the year against Rutgers by fanning eight in six innings while giving up just a run on March 6... Fired 8.0 innings of shutout ball in the 6-2 win over Maryland on March 13... Mowed down the Hurricanes with a season-high nine strikeouts in 8.0 innings while improving to 4-1 as the Yellow Jackets completed the sweep of Miami with a 3-1 win... Registered his fifth-straight win, allowing two earned runs over five innings at Duke on April 3... Earned sixth win of the season after seven strong innings with eight strikeouts and four earned runs in the 10-8 victory at No. 1 Virginia on April 10... Tossed his first career complete game (8.0 innings), scattering three runs on four hits in a loss to No. 18 Clemson on May 1... The setback ended a seven-game win streak for Farmer, and was his first career loss in conference play... Enjoyed his best career start to date, holding No. 9 North Carolina to just four hits in eight shutout innings on May 15... He combined with Luke Bard to hold UNC scoreless for the first time last season ... Scattered three runs over seven innings against Virginia Tech for his 10th win of the season... Fell for just the third time after allowing three earned runs over six innings against No. 7 Florida State, fanning eight batters in the 4-2 loss in the ACC Tournament... His second career complete game was brilliant, keeping Georgia Tech alive in the NCAA Regional with a nine-inning, nine-strikeout effort to rout Austin Peay, 12-2... He scattered just five hits, allowed two runs (one earned) and gave up just one extra base hit in his first career NCAA postseason decision.
Posted a 5-1 record and a 3.63 ERA in 19 appearances (three starts) ... Had 49 strikeouts in 52.0 innings, and held opponents to just a .209 batting average ... Went 3-0 against conference foes with relief wins over Wake Forest, No. 4 Virginia and Boston College ... Georgia Tech was 2-0 in his three starts ... Made two relief appearances of 6.0 or more innings ... Allowed just two earned runs (1.69 ERA) in his final three appearances (10.2 innings) of the season ... Did not record a decision in first career start on Feb. 23, striking out four in 5.0 innings against Georgia Southern ... Recorded his first career win in 4.0 innings of relief against Wake Forest (3/14), holding the Deacons to no runs on just two hits ... Improved to 2-0 in a midweek start (5.0 IP) against Mercer (3/24) ... Struck out a career-high six batters in 6.0 innings of emergency relief against No. 4 Virginia (4/10), holding the Cavaliers to just one run on four hits ... Pitched a scoreless eighth inning of relief in a setup appearance against No. 16 Clemson (4/17) ... Improved to 4-1 after holding Georgia Southern to just two runs (3.0 IP) in his third start of the season (4/21) ... Picked up the win after allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings of relief against Boston College (5/21) ... Pitched a shutout inning at the 2010 ACC Tournament against NC State (5/28) ... Tossed a career-high 7.0 innings of relief, striking out seven and allowing just two earned runs in the NCAA Regional final against Alabama (6/6) ... Did not issue any walks to the Crimson Tide.
Four-year letterwinner and three-year captain under head coach Casey Martin at Rockdale County High School ... Tabbed All-State, All-District and All-Area all four years of high school (2006-2009) ... Posted a 2.02 ERA as a senior and 1.50 ERA as a junior ... Batted .468 at the plate in 2009 and .443 in 2008 ... Holds the Rockdale single-game strikeout record with 22 against Dacula High School in 2008 ... Named MVP of the 2008 Connie Mack World Series ... Led his East Cobb Yankees team to the title ... 2008 MVP of the World Wood Bat Championships ... Participated in the Georgia North-South All-Star game.
Full name is George Runie Farmer ... Nicknamed "Buck" ... Born Feb. 2, 1991 ... Son of Warren and Rose Farmer ... Has two siblings ... Brother Mitchell played on the Georgia Southern baseball team as a freshman ... Majoring in management.