Buck Farmer
Buck Farmer
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Detroit Tigers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Buck Farmer in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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Takes loss
PDetroit Tigers
April 17, 2019
Farmer (1-1) was charged with the loss Wednesday against the Pirates, as he allowed one run on three hits and a walk, while retiring just two batters.
Farmer started off the top of the 10th inning by allowing a double and two singles. He was able to minimize the damage some by inducing a double play, but the 28-year-old still took the loss when the Tigers failed to score in the bottom half of the inning. Despite the hiccup, Farmer still has a solid 1.69 ERA across his first 5.1 innings of work this season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .233 288 48 44 56 17 0 7
Since 2017vs Right .295 327 81 24 87 21 0 11
2019vs Left .292 27 3 2 7 4 0 0
2019vs Right .255 61 20 5 14 3 0 3
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA on Road
ERA at Home
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
Since 2017Home 6.28 1.56 67.1 3 7 0 8.4 4.1 1.6
Since 2017Away 4.06 1.49 71.0 8 6 0 8.4 4.7 0.8
2019Home 4.50 1.50 10.0 1 2 0 9.9 2.7 0.9
2019Away 4.91 1.18 11.0 2 2 0 9.8 3.3 1.6
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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
94.8 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
90.1 mph
Spin Rate
2245 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Picks up first win
PDetroit Tigers
April 3, 2019
Farmer (1-0) retired two batters, both by strikeout, and earned the win in Wednesday's game against the Yankees.
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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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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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