JSU's Garrett Farmer Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles
Jacksonville State had two players taken off the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft board as redshirt junior pitcher Garrett Farmer was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 25th round of the annual amateur draft.
Earlier in the MLB Draft on Wednesday, senior Nic Gaddis was drafted by the New York Mets in the 16th round. For the second consecutive year, JSU has had two players selected in the MLB Draft in the same year. In 2017, Derrick Adams and Clayton Daniel were selected by MLB clubs. Adams joined the Kansas City Royals (25th) organization, while Daniel was selected by the Chicago Cubs (31st). Farmer becomes the second Gamecock selected by the American League East organization as they selected JSU's Scott Sprick in the 24th round of the 1990 MLB Draft. Farmer is the 22nd player drafted by a MLB club under head coach Jim Case.
Farmer, the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, became JSU's all-time career strikeout leader in his outing against Belmont in the OVC Tournament. Farmer entered the start needing one strikeout to match the record of 263 career strikeouts, previously held by former Gamecock pitcher, Bryan Williamson (1995-99). He equaled Williamson's mark in the first inning. The Huntsville, Alabama native took over the strikeout crown by striking out five Bruins in his 7.2 innings of work. Farmer also moved passed the 100 strikeouts in a season plateau on May 23. He is the first Gamecock to have two 100-plus strikeout seasons during a career. In 2018, he struck out 107. He ranks fourth in NCAA Division I Baseball in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.67). Farmer is listed 15th in the nation in WHIP (0.92) and seventh in walks allowed per nine innings (1.07).
He finished the 2019 season with 105.1 innings pitched and accumulated 110 strikeouts and only walking 16 batters.
Farmer was the fourth player from the OVC taken off the draft board through the first 25 rounds. Eastern Kentucky's Aaron Ochsenbein was picked by Dodgers in the sixth round on Tuesday, followed by Gaddis' selection by the Mets. Eastern Illinois' Michael YaSenka was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 17th round.
(Courtesy: JSU Sports Information: www.jsugamecocksports.com)