Georgia junior shortstop Kyle Farmer was selected by the New York Yankees in the 35th round of the Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday, but Farmer will stay with the Bulldogs for his senior year.
“I’m coming back, it’s just a gut decision I made on my own,” said Farmer who started getting calls from clubs Tuesday in the seventh round of the draft. “We’ve got a great senior class, and we’re going to take care of business and bring some wins back to Georgia. We’re going to continue to work hard; it’s a good group of guys. I’m excited about who is all going to be on the team, and some of the freshmen have to make a decision about the draft too. I talked to Curt (Powell, rising senior third baseman), and we know we can get better and want to have a great season for the University of Georgia.
Farmer, a 6-0, 195-pound native of Atlanta, was the 1,087th overall pick in the draft. A three-year starter, he has a career batting average of .313 with 15 home runs and 124 RBI. He has appeared in 160 games including 159 starts for the Bulldogs who went 31-26 this past season. As a junior, he hit .302-4-41 and ranked second in the Southeastern Conference with 19 doubles. He is one of the top defensive players in school history. Farmer set a Georgia record with a .970 fielding percentage in 266 total chances at shortstop in 2012. In the past two seasons, Farmer and the Bulldogs established team fielding records, posting a .978 mark in 2012.
Farmer was one three Bulldogs drafted this year, joining redshirt sophomore pitcher Alex Wood (2nd round, Atlanta) and senior second baseman Levi Hyams (19th round, Atlanta). Five members of Georgia’s incoming signing class were drafted including two on Wednesday in pitcher Sean McLaughlin (38th round, Atlanta) from Northview High School and pitcher David Gonzalez (40th round, New York Mets) from Gainesville High School. The other signees were outfielder Byron Buxton (1st round, second overall, Minnesota) from Appling County High School, third baseman Joe DeCarlo (2nd round, Seattle) of Garnett Valley High School in Pennsylvania, and pitcher Duane Underwood (2nd round, Chicago Cubs) of Pope High School.
“I want to play pro ball in the future, and I was honored to be picked by the Yankees today,” Farmer added. “I just looked at what we’ve got coming back, and what we’ve got coming in, and it reminded me of my senior year at Marist. We made it to the state championship game in football and the final four in baseball, and I think our senior class at Georgia has that same mentality.”