George Runie Farmer...graduated from Rockdale County High School in Conyers, GA...as a junior in 2008 established the school single-game record with 22 strikeouts vs Dacula High...played at Georgia Tech from 2010-13...as a sophomore in 2011 was second-team All-ACC (16gs, 11-3, 2.82)...was an All-ACC first team selection as a junior in 2012 (16gs, 8-4, 3.54) and again as a senior in 2013 (9-5, 2.78, 122 strikeouts).
On 3/16 was signed to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp...Was added to the roster at the Opening Day noon deadline...His two saves were the first of his Major League career (3-2 win on 7/31 vs BAL, 3-0 win on 9/18 at STL)...In the 3-2 win on 7/31 vs Bal earned his first Major League save in his 239th career relief appearance...Didn't allow a home run after 4/20 at SD (Ha-Seong Kim, solo)...his homerless streak of 41.1 consecutive innings over 39 appearances (.190baa) was the 12th-longest in the Major Leagues and fifth-longest active streak in the National League when the season ended...Posted a 6.75 ERA in 10 relief appearances before he was designated for assignment on 5/6...on 5/9 cleared waivers, refused an outright assignment to Louisville and became a free agent...on 5/10 was re-signed by the Reds to a minor league contract...rejoined the Reds on 7/9 after posting a 3.63 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Bats...In 34 appearances after he was promoted on 7/9 posted a 2.83 ERA (35ip, 21h, 11er, 18bb, 37k, 0hr, .175baa)... allowed seven of those 11 earned runs in 1.1 innings over two appearances, the 6-2 loss on 7/29 vs Bal (4er, 0.1ip) and 4-1 loss on 9/27 at Pit (3er, 1ip)...In 26 appearances after 7/29, when he allowed a season-high four runs vs Bal, posted a 2.03 ERA (26.2ip, 13h, 6er, 13bb, 27k, .144baa)...10 times threw more than 1.0 inning and five times threw a season-high 2.0 innings...Retired the first batter in 34 of his 44 apps...stranded 16 of 25 inherited runners...Three times entered games with the bases loaded and twice stranded all three inherited runners...Eight times threw on consecutive days...In 12 appearances in August posted a 0.73 ERA (12.1ip, 5h, 1er, 4bb, 11k, .119baa)...On the 11/18 contract tender date agreed to terms on a one-year contract through the 2023 season, avoiding arbitration.
For the season made 60 apps, all in relief for the Tigers (36g) and Class AAA Toledo & Round Rock (24g)...On 5/7 was designated for assignment...on 5/11 was outrighted to Class AAA Toledo...On On 8/15 was designated for assignment...on 8/19 was released...On 8/22 was signed by the Rangers to a minor league contract...Following the season became a minor league free agent.
Worked out of the back-end of the Tigers bullpen in 2020, proving himself as one of the club’s most consistent relievers...posted a 1-0 record and 3.80 ERA (21.2IP/9ER) over 23 outings, allowing 20 hits and five walks, while striking out 15... Allowed a pair of runs on Aug. 7 at Pittsburgh, snapping a 16-game scoreless streak from Sept. 3, 2019 to July 31, 2020…over that stretch he posted a 2-0 record with four hits and four walks allowed, while striking out eight…during that streak he led all Major League pitchers (min. 16.0 innings pitched) with a 0.00 ERA (16.0IP/0ER), .078 (4x51) opponents batting average and five total bases allowed... Pitched in mostly full-inning situations during 2020, making just three appearances of 1.0-inning-or-less…held opponents scoreless in such outings, and stranded both of the runners he inherited... Has been one of the franchise’s most durable relievers between 2010-2020, ranking eighth over that span with 197.2 innings pitched from the bullpen…among Tigers relievers with at least 100.0 innings pitched in that time frame, he ranks tied for sixth in wins (10); seventh in ERA (4.01, (197.2IP/88ER)); and eighth in strikeouts (177) and holds (29)…Made his first career appearance on the injured list, sidelined from Aug. 10-20 with a left groin strain.
Proved to be one of the most reliable relievers in the Majors in 2019, setting a single-season career high with 73 appearances…that total ranked tied for fourth in the American League and tied for ninth in the Major Leagues…became the 11th pitcher in franchise history to make 73-or-more outings in a season, and first since Joaquin Benoit in 2012 (also 73)...Established single-season career highs in multiple categories, including wins (6), strikeouts (73), ERA (3.72), WHIP (1.27) and holds (15)...Made his only start of the season on June 8 vs. Minnesota, tossing 2.0 innings and allowing one run on two hits and a walk, while punching out four...has now started a game for Detroit in each of the last six seasons, becoming the first player to do so since Justin Verlander...Named the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for July after compiling a 1.42 ERA (12.2IP/2ER) with 15 strikeouts in 13 outings...among American League relievers with at least 12.0 innings pitched during the month, he ranked third in ERA, fourth with a .205 (9x44) opponent batting average and sixth with a 1.03 WHIP...Allowed an earned run in just three of 25 appearances between June 18 and August 17, posting a 1.90 ERA (23.2IP/5ER) on 19 hits and eight walks, while punching out 27...among relievers with at least 23.0 IP over that span, his ERA ranked tied for fifth in the American League and tied for eighth in the Majors...Finished the season with 11 consecutive scoreless appearances spanning from September 3-28, going 1-0 with two holds and allowing just four hits and three walks over that span, while striking out seven...Selected the Tigers Pitcher of the Month for September, posting a 1-1 record with a 1.54 ERA (11.2IP/2ER) and nine strikeouts.
Made a career-high 66 appearances, including one start, for the Tigers in 2018...his 66 appearances were tied for the second-most on the team...Established career highs in innings pitched (69.1) and strikeouts (57)...After giving up five runs in his first outing of the season on April 1 vs. Pittsburgh, he allowed three earned runs over a span of 20 appearances (18.2IP) from April 7 to May 17, compiling a 1.45 ERA... Finished the month of June with a 2-0 record and a 0.71 ERA (12.2IP/1ER) and nine strikeouts in 12 appearances...Closed the season by not giving up a run in the month of September, tossing 10.1 scoreless innings and allowing just seven hits, limiting opponents to a .189 (7x37) batting average...Held lefthanded hitters to a .168 (19x113) batting average, which ranked fourth among American League pitchers (min. 100 lefthanded batters faced)…righties hit .320 (48x150) with him on the mound.
Combined to make 32 starts between Triple A Toledo and Detroit in 2017...Started five games for Triple A Toledo in April and had a 0-1 record with a 2.51 ERA (28.2IP/8ER) and 27 strikeouts...Picked up his first Major League win in his 2017 Tigers debut in the second game of the doubleheader on May 27 at Chicago (AL), throwing 6.1 shutout innings with three hits allowed, two walks and a careerhigh 11 strikeouts... Tossed 6.2 scoreless frames and earned the win in his second start of the season on June 7 vs. Los Angeles (AL)...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Farmer became the first pitcher in Major League history to win his first two starts of a season without allowing a run in either after entering that year with a career record of 0-5 or worse...Made six consecutive quality starts with Triple A Toledo from July 22-August 19 -- posted a 3-1 record with a 2.54 ERA (39.0IP/11ER) and 33 strikeouts during the stretch.
Saw time with both the Tigers and Triple A Toledo in 2016 -- went 0-1 with a 4.60 ERA (29.1IP/15ER) and 27 strikeouts in 14 appearances, including one start, with Detroit, while he was 5-6 with a 3.96 ERA (100.0IP/44ER) and 93 strikeouts in 20 starts with the Mud Hens...Made an Opening Day roster at the major league level for the first time in his career...Optioned to Triple A Toledo following the game on April 15... Recalled from Triple A Toledo on April 26... Optioned to Triple A Toledo following the game on May 8...Threw 5.0 innings on May 19 at Lehigh Valley, allowing just one unearned run on one hit with one walk and four strikeouts... Recalled from Triple A Toledo on May 23... Posted five consecutive scoreless appearances with the Tigers from April 12-May 28 - threw 7.1 scoreless innings with two hits allowed, three walks and six strikeouts during the stretch...Optioned to Triple A Toledo on June 3...Recalled from Triple A Toledo on June 14... Optioned to Triple A Toledo on June 17... Recalled from Triple A Toledo and optioned back to Toledo on July 5...Struck out a season-high 10 batters on July 15 vs. Columbus... Recalled from Triple A Toledo as the 26th man for the second game on July 24 at Chicago (AL) and optioned back to Toledo following the game... Allowed three earned runs-or-fewer over his final eight starts of the season with the Mud Hens from July 20-August 27 - compiled a 4-2 record with a 1.86 ERA (48.1IP/10ER) and 47 strikeouts during the stretch... Started six games for Toledo in August and posted a 3-2 record with a 2.34 ERA (34.2IP/9ER) and 33 strikeouts... Recalled from Triple A Toledo on September 2...Made the longest relief appearance of his career on September 13 vs. Minnesota, throwing 4.1 scoreless innings with three hits allowed, three walks and five strikeouts... Made his only start of the season for the Tigers on September 26 vs. Cleveland and took the loss after giving up four runs on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
Split the 2015 season between the Tigers and Triple-A Toledo -- compiled a 7-3 record with a 4.15 ERA (86.2IP/40ER) and 76 strikeouts over 16 starts in Toledo and had a 0-4 record with a 7.36 ERA (40.1IP/33ER) and 24 strikeouts in 14 games, including five starts, with Detroit. Named to the midseason International League All-Star team. Named the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April after starting four games with Toledo during the month and posting a 3-0 record with a 3.00 ERA (21.0IP/7ER), 13 hits allowed, 10 walks and 28 strikeouts...held opponents to a .173 (13 for 75) batting average during the month. Recalled from Triple-A Toledo on May 28 -- made his season debut for the Tigers that night at the Los Angeles Angels, allowing seven runs on nine hits with one walk and one strikeout in 5.0 innings. Optioned to Triple-A Toledo on June 2. Had a stretch of four straight quality starts with Toledo from May 12-June 5 -- compiled a 3-0 record with a 1.37 ERA (26.1IP/4ER), 19 hits allowed and 14 strikeouts during the stretch. Recalled from Triple-A Toledo on June 24 and optioned to Toledo on June 25. Recalled from Triple A Toledo on July 8 and optioned to Toledo on July 12. Recalled from Triple-A Toledo on July 27. Recorded the first hit of his major league career on August 18 at Chicago Cubs -- became the first Tiger relief pitcher to record a hit in a game since Steve Avery on June 4, 2003 at San Diego. Made four appearances with the Tigers in September and had a 0-1 record with a 2.84 ERA (6.1IP/2ER) and four strikeouts. • Posted a 6.75 ERA (4.0IP/3ER) and three strikeouts in three appearances at Comerica Park...went 0-4 with a 7.43 ERA (36.1IP/30ER) and 21 strikeouts in 11 games, five starts, on the road. Compiled a 0-2 record with a 9.22 ERA (13.2IP/14ER) and 12 strikeouts in three games, two starts, prior to the All-Star break...went 0-2 with a 6.41 ERA (26.2IP/19ER) and 12 strikeouts in 11 appearances, three starts, after the All-Star break.
Tabbed the Midwestern League's Pitcher of the Year in 2014 as he spent the majority of the season with Class A West Michigan...Selected to the Midwestern League's mid and postseason All-star teams...Tabbed as having the best breaking pitch and best control in the Midwest League by Baseball America...Named the third-best prospect in the Tigers system and best pitching prospect following the season by Baseball America...Assigned to single A West Michigan to begin the season...Fanned a season-high 12 batters on April 30 at Lake County -- also recorded a double digit strikeout total by fanning 11 on August 18 at Cedar rapids...Tied for first in the Midwest League with 43 strikeouts during April...Named the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July after posting a 3-0 record with a 0.41 erA (22.0IP/1er), and 16 strikeouts in four starts for single A West Michigan -- limited opponents to a .188 batting average during the month...Had his contract transferred to Double A erie on July 30 -- appeared in two games, compiling a 1-0 record, a 3.00 erA (12.0IP/4er) and 11 strikeouts before having his contract purchased by the Tigers on August 13, made his major league debut later that night, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out four over 5.0 innings at Pittsburgh...Optioned to Toledo by the Tigers on August 14. • recalled from Toledo on August 23 as the team's 26th man for the doubleheader at Minnesota -- optioned to Toledo following the doubleheader...Recalled from Toledo by the Tigers on september 2 -- appeared in two games out of the bullpen for the Tigers during September compiling a 3.00 ERA (3.0IP/1er) and four strikeouts...limited opponents to a .111 batting average during those two outings.
Selected by the Tigers in the fifth round of the June 2013 draft and saw his first major league action in 12 games with Class A Connecticut...Fanned a season-high five batters on July 7 at staten Island -- equaled the high on August 2 versus Mahoning Valley...Compiled a 0-3 record, 3.09 erA (32.0IP/11er) and 33 strikeouts in 12 games (11 starts) with Single A Connecticut.