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Farmer picked by Tigers in 5th round

Buck Farmer is a Detroit Tiger.

The former Rockdale High standout and Georgia Tech right-hander was selected 156 overall, 20th in the fifth round, of the MLB Amateur Draft by the Detroit Tigers Friday.

It was the third time Farmer was selected in the MLB draft, going in the 46th round to Atlanta in 2009, before electing to attend Georgia Tech, and then getting picked in the 15th round last year, before returning to the Yellow Jackets for his senior season.

A draft blurb written by said the return to Georgia Tech was, "looking like it may have been a good move for the right-hander."

The website goes on to describe Farmer as "A strong, durable workhorse type... His fastball may top out at around 91 mph, but it seems faster thanks to an above-average changeup that is a legitimate weapon. Add in a sharp slider and a curve that shows sign of being a usable second breaking ball and you have the makings of a solid middle-of-the-rotation-type starter."

Farmer was 9-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 178 appearances, pitching two complete games, striking out 122 batters while walking 35 in 113.1 innings in 2013.

Rated as's 100th top prospect, Farmer was a 2013 Preseason All-American heading into his final year at Georgia Tech. In 2012, he was named All-ACC first team, ABCA/Rawlings second team All-Region and preseason All-American.

Farmer was an All-State, All-District and All-Area honoree in all four of his season at Rockdale, being named team captain in three of those seasons. Farmer had a 2.02 ERA as a senior and a 1.50 ERA as a junior with the Bulldogs, and holds the single-game strikeout record with 22 against Dacula in 2008. He was named the MVP of the 2008 Connie Mack World Series and the 2008 World Wood Bat Championships.