Manager Brad Ausmus said Farmer will stretch out as a starter at Toledo.
“We think he has a very bright future,” Ausmus said of the 24-year-old. “He’s quite a bit ahead of schedule, if you look at his career path.”
“He actually has great stuff,” Ausmus said. “He has a lot of movement on his fastball. He throws in the mid-90s with a good split. We were really considering him for a while.”
"I think you can put them in the same boat in that regard," Ausmus said. "If they're not pitching out of the bullpen at the major-league level, then it's probably in their best interest to get them repetition at the minor-league level as a starter."
"Those six, it'd be surprising if they weren't on the team," Ausmus said Friday morning. "Something strange would have to happen just based on their performances from the past."
"You're always concerned about injuries," Ausmus said. "I think that's where the depth comes into play, where, if something unexpected comes up, we have a lot of arms we feel like can produce at the major league level. ... If something happens at any time, we feel that we have a quality arm that we can slide right in."
Farmer was hammered in his last outing with the team, giving up seven earned runs while recording only four outs on Aug. 23. He spent most of his time this season with Class A West Michigan, posting a 2.60 ERA and 116:24 K:BB ratio in 103 2/3 innings. Farmer also did a solid job with Double-A Erie but struggled in two starts with Toledo.
Farmer surrendered seven runs while recording only four outs in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, and he owns a 15.63 ERA over two starts with the Tigers.
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