Detroit Tigers: The next wave of reinforcements coming from Triple-A Toledo
Positions: Starting Pitcher
On 40-Man Roster: Yes
Buck Farmer‘s time with the Detroit Tigers this season was a tale of two starts—or, well, four actually.
Farmer was dominant in his first start, inducing 22 swinging strikes in just 6.1 innings en route to punching out 11 Chicago White Sox batters.
He only faced 23 hitters on the day, surrendering three hits, two walks and no runs.
The former second-round pick wasn’t quite as dominant with the strikeouts in his second outing.
However, he still held the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to three hits, a walk and no runs while striking out five in 6.2 frames.
Then starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays occurred.
Each start saw Farmer last just 2.1 innings.
All told, he was tagged for a combined 14 hits, 13 runs and five home runs. There’s a small silver lining to be had in that he only walked one batter, but the right-hander was simply hit to hard.
If he can get back to missing bats on a more consistent basis, Farmer could fill a similar role to Saupold, Bell or VerHagen while being on hand to make a spot start if necessary.