3/4 rhp, above average arm speed; somewhat stiff, compact arm action. Upbeat delivery from side windup; high leg lift, slightly hunched torso, hand break at numbers; deceptive front side; flashes ball in back. Throws with effort; releases with head herk and falls off to first base side. Doesn't repeat delivery well; not athletic; release point drifts up. Big, durable frame and good size, but doesnt keep the ball down or pitch with plane consistently. Doesn't hold runners well.
Toledo Mud Hens (AAA, Tigers)
40; #5 Starting Pitcher or Middle Reliever
Tail and some sink; fringe average movement. FB doesn't miss bats consistently, but will induce swings and misses when elevated. Below average command; misses target regularly; reluctant to pitch inside. FB often straightens out and rides up.
11-5 slurve; fringe average movement; inconsistent depth and spin. Plus feel; throws for strikes; locates back door to RHH; locates low and away as a chase.
Big sinking action and some fade; plus action; sometimes too firm but thrown with good arm speed and deceptive. Plus feel and throws for strikes both behind and ahead in the count. Misses bats. Utilizes against both LHH & RHH. Good complement to FB.
40; #5 Starting Pitcher or Middle Reliever. Farmer is a durable back end starter with two above average to plus secondaries. His fastball is thrown with plus velo, but lacks life and is thrown with below average command in large part due to some bullpen mechanical traits. Farmer can be useful in the back of a rotation and can also handle the middle innings as a reliever.