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Detroit Tigers 2017 season in review: Buck Farmer

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CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 26: Buck Farmer #45 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 26, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 26: Buck Farmer #45 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 26, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 18: Buck Farmer #45 of the Detroit Tigers warms up prior to the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 18, 2017 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. . (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

Detroit Tigers fans saw Buck Farmer return to the Major League rotation in 2017. While Farmer didn’t exactly lead the team in WAR, he showed flashes of being able to stick in the rotation long-term.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Buck Farmer stepped into the rotation on a more consistent basis during the 2017 season.

After making just eight starts spread across 32 total appearances in parts of his first three campaigns in the Majors, Farmer was a consistent member of the rotation while with the Tigers in 2017.

Those 11 starts came in part due to Farmer seeming to figure things out at Triple-A Toledo, with a 3.93 ERA, 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings and a 1.326 WHIP in 123.2 frames for the Mud Hens.

He parlayed those results into a role with the Tigers when the team needed starting pitching help.

At first, the results were brilliant, with Farmer keeping both the White Sox and Angels off the scoreboard in his first two starts of the season in late May and early June.

Those starts lasted a combined 13 innings and included 16 strikeouts compared to just three walks.

Farmer also allowed just three hits in each games as he faced 23 batters each time out.

That was the good, and now to the bad.

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