Buck Farmer

Buck Farmer

31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Buck Farmer in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year contract with the Reds in November of 2022.
Agrees to terms
PCincinnati Reds
November 17, 2022
Farmer signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Reds on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Farmer was a valuable reliever for the Reds in 2022, as he threw 47 innings while maintaining a 3.83 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He was briefly sent to the minors after struggling in the first half but managed a 2.83 ERA across 35 frames from July 9 to the close of the campaign. Farmer will likely remain locked into a key role in the Cincinnati bullpen in 2023.
Read More News
Pitching Stats
Loading Pitching Stats...
2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2022 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2021 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2020 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2019 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2018 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
2017 MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
Minor League Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Minor League Pitching Game Log...
Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
19
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Buck Farmer generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Buck Farmer generally pitch?
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .266 188 36 30 41 6 0 6
Since 2020vs Right .228 269 68 21 55 11 0 8
2022vs Left .226 79 17 17 14 4 0 0
2022vs Right .202 120 37 8 22 5 0 2
2021vs Left .298 58 14 9 14 2 0 4
2021vs Right .268 113 23 12 26 3 0 5
2020vs Left .289 51 5 4 13 0 0 2
2020vs Right .200 36 8 1 7 3 0 1
More Splits View More Split Stats
Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-30%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-51%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-16%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-6%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.83 1.26 49.1 1 1 1 9.3 4.4 0.9
Since 2020Away 5.50 1.57 54.0 2 1 1 8.8 4.5 1.5
2022Home 2.55 1.14 24.2 1 1 1 10.6 4.0 0.4
2022Away 5.24 1.48 22.1 1 1 1 10.1 5.6 0.4
2021Home 5.74 1.72 15.2 0 0 0 10.3 7.5 1.7
2021Away 6.86 1.73 19.2 0 0 0 8.7 3.7 2.7
2020Home 4.00 0.78 9.0 0 0 0 4.0 0.0 1.0
2020Away 3.75 1.50 12.0 1 0 0 6.8 3.8 1.5
More Splits View More Split Stats
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 2019 data (min 30 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
K/BB
2.16
 
K/9
10.3
 
BB/9
4.8
 
HR/9
0.4
 
Fastball
94.7 mph
 
ERA
3.83
 
WHIP
1.30
 
BABIP
.302
 
GB/FB
1.38
 
Left On Base
68.7%
 
Exit Velocity
80.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.9%
 
Spin Rate
2290 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.3%
 
Swinging Strike
13.2%
 
Advanced Pitching Stats
Loading Advanced Pitching Stats...
Defensive Stats
Loading MLB Defensive Stats...
Stats Vs Today's Lineup
Want more matchup stats?
Loading Matchup Stats...
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Buck Farmer
Closer Encounters: Leveraging WPA & gmLI to Identify Potential Closers
220 days ago
Ryan Rufe analyzes applies a couple of advanced stats to analyze bullpens across the league. Is it time to give up on Jake McGee in San Francisco?
Bernie on the Scene: Trade Deadline Edition
July 26, 2021
Bernie Pleskoff looks at players who could be moved at the trade deadline. Will the Mariners trade Mitch Haniger?
The Z Files: What a Relief
July 10, 2021
Todd Zola looks over the top relief options for any open roster spots on your staff coming out of the All-Star break, including potential new Phillies closer Ranger Suarez.
Bernie on the Scene: AL Central Analysis & Predictions
April 5, 2021
Bernie Pleskoff analyzes each team in the AL Central with grades for each player and predictions for the division. Can the Twins overtake the White Sox?
Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the AL Central
March 11, 2021
Brad Johnson writes about the American League Central this week, where in Chicago, White Sox fans have something to cheer about, as Lucas Giolito has become a bonafide ace.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
2018
2017
2016
2015
2013
In terms of run prevention, Farmer was one of the Tigers' five best relievers in 2020, but he does not check out so well under the hood. The right-hander lost close to two miles per hour off his four-seam fastball, leaving the gulf between that pitch and his changeup at just about five mph. As a result, Farmer's strikeout rate crashed from 25.3% in 2019 to just 15.7% last season. He made a brief trip to the IL in August with a groin injury but was believed to be healthy otherwise. Farmer deserves credit for limiting the traffic on the basepaths with a 5.6 BB% and keeping the ball on the ground (52.2 GB%), but if he hasn't regained something on his stuff after an offseason of rest, statistical regression is inevitable. All that contact could catch up to him in a hurry.
Farmer continued his evolution into a setup man in his second season as a full-time reliever. His 73 appearances tied for seventh among major-league pitchers, and he shared the team lead with 15 holds. While his 3.72 ERA and 1.27 WHIP were rather pedestrian, they represented noticeable improvements over the 4.15/1.56 marks he posted in 2018. Farmer's growth was evident in other areas, too; his 25.3 K% was the highest of his career and nearly 7% better than his previous campaign, while his 8.3 BB% was also a career-best and a 5% improvement over 2018. That's not to say that Farmer did anything exceptionally well -- he fell below the 80th percentile in every Statcast metric last season -- but he wasn't exceptionally poor in any category, either. On a team with a paucity of bullpen options, he's likely to take on a large workload and have the opportunity to notch double-digit holds again in 2020.
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.
More Fantasy News
Better second half
PCincinnati Reds
October 21, 2022
Farmer finished the 2022 season with a 3.83 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, five holds and two saves over 47 innings, but he had a 2.83 ERA over 35 innings following his second call-up July 9, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Earns save Sunday
PCincinnati Reds
September 18, 2022
Farmer didn't strike out a batter but pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the save during Sunday's win over the Cardinals.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Back from bereavement list
PCincinnati Reds
August 20, 2022
Farmer (personal) was reinstated from the bereavement list Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Placed on bereavement list
PCincinnati Reds
Personal
August 17, 2022
Farmer was placed on the bereavement list Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Tallies first career save
PCincinnati Reds
August 1, 2022
Farmer gave up one walk but did not surrender a hit in a scoreless ninth inning of work to earn the save in a 3-2 win over the Orioles on SUnday
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.