June 5, 2012
ATLANTA – Two more Georgia Tech baseball players were drafted Tuesday, on the second day of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Junior OF Brandon Thomas went in the fourth round to Pittsburgh and junior RHP Buck Farmer went in the 15th round to Milwaukee.
After junior RHP Luke Bard was selected by Minnesota in Monday’s supplemental first round, Thomas (136th pick) became the 35th top-five-round selection under head coach Danny Hall. Farmer was selected with the 485th pick.
A First Team All-ACC pick, and named to both the ACC All-Tournament Team and the Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team, Thomas enjoyed a career year by hitting a team-leading .360 with 15 doubles, five triples five home runs and 44 RBI. The speedster drew 37 walks, 13 hit by pitches and swiped 12 bases in 17 attempts. His .481 on-base percentage is among the ACC leaders.
Thomas, a native of Atlanta, hit .323 over his career, with 31 doubles, 86 RBI and 36 stolen bases. He was an Academic All-ACC pick last season, and this season named a Capital One Academic All-America.
Farmer was also an All-ACC First Team pick, and the junior righty finished with an 8-4 record and a 3.54 ERA in 16 starts. Farmer, who beat No. 1 Florida State to open Tech’s run to the ACC tournament title, ranks third in the ACC with 115 strikeouts. His 265 career strikeouts are 13th all-time at Tech. The Conyers, Ga. native allowed just 100 hits in 106 2/3 innings this season and opponents hit .248 off him.
The MLB draft continues Wednesday.