Buck Farmer
Buck Farmer
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Detroit Tigers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Farmer began the 2017 campaign toiling at Triple-A Toledo. He was summoned for a couple first-half spot starts, tossing 13 scoreless frames, fanning 16 with only three walks in a pair of victories. After getting lit up in his ensuing two starts, Farmer was sent back down to rejoin the Mudhens before getting the call again in mid-August. Farmer's Triple-A peripherals of a 8.3 K/9, 2.3 BB/9 and 0.65 HR/9 offered some optimism he'd perform closer to his two outings earlier in the season than his last two. That glimmer of hope was quickly extinguished as went on to sport a 6.82 ERA and 1.68 ERA over 30.1 innings to close the season. While Farmer may make the team as a reliever, he's more likely to start in the Triple-A rotation until an injury clears a spot for him to struggle again at the major-league level. Read Past Outlooks
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Works 2.1 innings in spot start
PDetroit Tigers
August 19, 2018
Farmer started Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Twins and did not factor into the decision, as he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over 2.1 innings. He struck out two.
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It was originally believed that Jacob Turner would get the call from Triple-A Toledo to start for the Tigers, but manager Ron Gardenhire decided to go with Farmer instead. The 27-year-old hadn't thrown more than three innings or 49 pitches in a game this season, so he wasn't expected to last too long Sunday. Farmer departed with two runners on base after tossing 41 pitches, and he figures to slide back into a middle relief role moving forward.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-48%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .228 335 57 54 63 15 2 11
Since 2016vs Right .292 323 76 27 84 20 0 8
2018vs Left .168 140 22 27 19 7 0 2
2018vs Right .320 168 35 14 48 13 0 4
2017vs Left .291 121 23 15 30 6 0 5
2017vs Right .278 98 26 5 25 5 0 4
2016vs Left .233 74 12 12 14 2 2 4
2016vs Right .229 57 15 8 11 2 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-38%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-15%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-72%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-24%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 6.24 1.56 74.0 2 6 0 8.4 4.7 1.7
Since 2016Away 3.89 1.55 71.2 6 4 0 7.9 5.3 0.6
2018Home 3.82 1.36 35.1 1 1 0 7.6 5.1 1.0
2018Away 4.50 1.76 34.0 2 3 0 7.1 5.6 0.5
2017Home 11.05 1.91 22.0 1 4 0 9.0 3.3 2.9
2017Away 3.12 1.27 26.0 4 1 0 9.3 4.2 0.7
2016Home 5.09 1.53 17.2 0 1 0 9.2 5.6 1.5
2016Away 3.86 1.54 11.2 0 0 0 6.9 6.9 0.8
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How does Buck Farmer compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
1.39
 
K/9
7.4
 
BB/9
5.3
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
94.5 mph
 
ERA
4.15
 
WHIP
1.56
 
BABIP
.306
 
GB/FB
1.19
 
Strand %
74.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Farmer once again split time between Triple-A Toledo and Detroit in 2016, and once again he failed to find any real big league success. While he improved on his 7.36 ERA from 2015, that's not saying much. Farmer earned just one spot start in 2016 and yielded four runs in five innings. He struggled mightily with his command at the major league level, allowing a 6.1 BB/9. On the bright side, Farmer held a 3.96 ERA and much better 2.5 BB/9 over 20 starts in Toledo in 2016. His four-pitch arsenal suggests that he might still have the potential to become a back-of-the-rotation starter one day, although he'll need to demonstrate the ability to command the strike zone better at the major league level in order to get another starting opportunity for the Tigers.
Poor Farmer — Google turns up more returns for male deer and deer farms than it does for the player himself. The Tigers saw Big Buck as a back-end starter when they drafted him in 2013, but their outlook has likely changed after 2015. Farmer throws with power, but he was eaten alive as an MLB starter last season. Converted to middle-relief, Farmer's heater became more dominant, but that led to the dreaded forearm tightness diagnosis in early September. His MRI came back clean, but that extra velocity could be an issue on that tender arm going forward. His 7.36 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and .323 OBA with the Tigers in 2015 all point to a conversion to the bullpen, but spring training will tell that tale.
The Tigers selected Farmer in the fifth round of the 2013 first-year player draft. Farmer got off to a quick start with Low-A West Michigan last season, going 10-5 with a 2.60 ERA and 116:24 K:BB ratio in 103.2 innings. He was old (23) for the Low-A level at the time, but his success and a rash of injuries to the Tigers’ rotation forced the team’s hand to call upon Farmer for a couple of spot starts. Unsurprisingly, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound righty struggled in his time with the Tigers, compiling an 11.57 ERA and 11:5 K:BB ratio in 9.1 innings. Despite the rocky debut, the Tigers still view Farmer as a potential backend starter in the future. His fastball usually sits in the low-90s, but he has shown the ability to touch 95 mph. He always has a changeup, curveball and slider in his repertoire, and all three pitches have the potential to be major-league quality with some work. In an ideal situation, Farmer would have spent more time in Double-A Erie and/or Triple-A Toledo last season. Most likely, the Tigers will make up for that lost development time and have Farmer work primarily at those two levels in 2015. He’ll once again be a spot-start option, but Farmer’s first long-term look in the majors will likely be 2016 if he shows growth this year.
Signed a contract with Detroit in June 2013.
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Scheduled to open Sunday's game
PDetroit Tigers
August 19, 2018
Farmer will serve as the Tigers' opening pitcher for Sunday's game against the Twins, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Takes loss Friday
PDetroit Tigers
August 4, 2018
Farmer (3-4) took the loss in Friday's 1-0 decision against the Athletics, allowing an earned run on two hits and a walk over 1.2 innings.
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Picks up win Saturday
PDetroit Tigers
June 17, 2018
Farmer (3-3) was the winning pitcher Saturday against the White Sox, working around a hit and two walks to toss a scoreless inning of relief.
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Picks up first win Friday
PDetroit Tigers
May 25, 2018
Farmer (1-3) grabbed the win Friday against the White Sox by tossing a scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts.
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Struggles again in relief Tuesday
PDetroit Tigers
May 22, 2018
Farmer pitched two innings of relief in Tuesday's loss to the Twins, allowing three earned runs on four hits. He struck out four.
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