Update: Tech’s Bard taken No. 42, Thomas No. 136, Farmer No. 485

UPDATE, 7:15 a.m.: The Milwaukee Brewers drafted pitcher Buck Farmer in the 15th round, the No. 485 pick. Farmer was a two-time All-ACC pick and this season was third in the conference in innings pitched (106 2/3) and strikeouts (115, 9.7 per nine innings). Farmer, from Rockdale High, went considerably lower than some projections. Baseball America magazine rated him as the No. 117 prospect in the draft.

It’s conceivable that new rules regarding signing bonuses pushed Farmer down teams’ draft boards. (Baseball America details it here.)

The draft concludes Wednesday with rounds 16-40.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: The Pittsburgh Pirates selected outfielder Brandon Thomas in the fourth round, making him the 136th pick overall. Thomas is the second Tech player selected. He was the 29th outfielder chosen. Thomas, a Pace Academy grad who last week was named an academic All-America, is a switch-hitter with speed. He led the team in batting average (.360) and on-base percentage (.481) and was second in slugging percentage (.550).

Relief pitcher Luke Bard was taken with the 42nd pick of the Major League draft Monday night by the Minnesota Twins despite missing most of the season with a lat muscle injury. He was the only Tech player selected in the first 60 selections, which includes the first round and then 29 compensatory picks.

Bard, a junior, had been ranked the No. 93 draft prospect by Baseball America magazine prior to the draft. He made 11 appearances this season, including three starts, and had a 0.99 ERA with a .211 opponent batting average. A year ago, Bard served as Tech’s closer, with eight saves in 25 appearances. Bard’s brother Daniel pitches for the Boston Red Sox. In the 2011 draft, the No. 42 pick received a reported signing bonus of $650,000, which appears to be considerably below market value. The 2010 No. 42 pick, who had the leverage of a college scholarship,  signed for a reported bonus of $845,000.

Last week, coach Danny Hall said that Bard had begun throwing again and could have been available to pitch if Tech were to reach the College World Series. The Jackets’ season ended Sunday night in a 15-3 loss to Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Incidentally, two Gators players who figured heavily in their team’s NCAA regional title – catcher Mike Zunino and pitcher Brian Johnson – were taken in the first round, Zunino third overall.

Third baseman Sam Dove,  outfielder Kyle Wren and first baseman Jake Davies are still on the board. Typically, only players who have completed their junior season are eligible, but Wren, a sophomore, is eligible by virtue of being 21.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

31 comments Add your comment

GT Alum

June 5th, 2012
12:45 am

Who took him?

Globalbee

June 5th, 2012
1:18 am

Minnesota Twins selected Luke Bard. This should have been mentioned in the article.

McPants

June 5th, 2012
7:21 am

Was Bard’s injury ever disclosed? I only ask because I’m curious as to what happened.

Best of luck in the Show, Mr. Bard! Go Jackets!

Buzz

June 5th, 2012
7:26 am

beesball.com’s blog quoted Baseball America saying injury was torn lat muscle.

Ken Sugiura

June 5th, 2012
7:39 am

sorry about that. yes, minnesota twins.

Go Jackets

June 5th, 2012
8:47 am

Kid from Appling is the real deal………idnk much about Brookwood kid Braves got.

FL Jacket

June 5th, 2012
9:19 am

Lucas Sims is a high upside pick, and has three plus pitches (fastball, slider, curve) and working on a changeup. He’s topped out at 97, but can sit consistently in the 91-94 range and pretty good movement on his fastball.

Sims, unlike most HS pitchers, is considered to also have a high floor (in addition to the high ceiling) whereas he could easily contribute from the bullpen earlier on in his career. For a HS pitcher, his mechanics are pretty solid according to scouts. About as safe a HS pick that you could make, plus he’s a local kid from Snellville who’s favorite Brave growing up was John Smoltz.

5150 UOAD

June 5th, 2012
9:45 am

I wish we would not lose most of these guys but with OBAMA in the White House they better TAKE MONEY now! Who knows how much worse it will be in a year from now if the uneducated masses vote for the Community Organizer again.

FL Jacket

June 5th, 2012
10:11 am

5150…

In politics, choices are always presented as “apocalypse now”. I just can’t believe a lot of people fall for that kind of rhetoric.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 5th, 2012
10:12 am

uhoh….UOAD and FLJ going political on us. Watch out!! LOL

BTW, FLJ…..where have you been?

5150 UOAD

June 5th, 2012
10:16 am

Super I sent a reply but I used RainBow marriage and the post was blocked.

FL Jacket

June 5th, 2012
10:17 am

SS…

I’ve been observing mostly. I’m afraid I too will have an imposter using my name for evil purposes. I’m sorry you have to go through that.

I typically frown upon forwarded political emails, SS. They are not usually rooted in fact.

5150 UOAD

June 5th, 2012
10:21 am

Super & FLJ…..KingDaddy on the Recruiting Blog called out the Pu…y’s using OTHER PEOPLES Blog Nmaes. He was pretty POed and called people out for doing it being stupid.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 5th, 2012
10:22 am

@ FLJ……I forget now what I forwarded to you, but it was only one among MANY that I have received. I think there was something in that particular one that I thought might be either of interest to you, or might elicit a more-or-less amicable response. I have purposely not forwarded others to you

Supersize that order, mutt

June 5th, 2012
10:24 am

UOAD……that is good to know. Because of some emails I have sent, I think pretty much everybody at the AJC now knows they have a serious problem. HOPEFULLY, the will take some real steps towards solving the problem and perhaps start requiring registration.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 5th, 2012
10:25 am

FLJ……I thought maybe you were actually at the games over the weekend, since you were never online during them.

Vulture

June 5th, 2012
10:29 am

ACC’s Third Tier Rights “It’s rather surprising that a conference would so willingly take less TV money – the core source of revenue in collegiate athletics – just to keep a broadcast company from folding. There are, of course, plenty of conspiracy theories to explain Swofford’s irrational decision. Raycom Sports is based in North Carolina, and the ACC is often accused of favoring its four NC schools. Then there’s Swofford’s son, Chad Swofford, who is the Senior Director of New Media and Business Development at Raycom Sports (he was also employed by Boston College athletics when the school received an invite from the ACC). But regardless of what theory you choose to believe, the ultimate conclusion is that the ACC has not been the best at negotiating its TV rights contracts.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2012/06/04/the-accs-third-tier-rights-and-why-theyre-killing-the-conference/

FL Jacket

June 5th, 2012
10:32 am

SS…

Didn’t they try to paint Bill Clinton as a Communist because he took a trip throughout Europe, which included a visit to Moscow, while he was at Oxford? It’s a very simple fear-based paranoia message…and it’s no different.

True story…my best friend’s dad also used to send out forwarded political messages. Until the day he sent me one about my company (which I have told you) being “un-American” because of a calendar snafu that included a Muslim holiday, which was included for the purposes of meal planning.

For my company to be called “un-American” is a joke…pure and simple. It had no basis in fact, and was a reactionary and opportunistic political stunt taking advantage of a single misunderstood mistake to trump 80 years of track record. And I told my best friend’s dad that.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 5th, 2012
10:47 am

FLJ……..IMHO, I believe that the entire democratic party of the latter part of the 20th century onwards has very socialist leanings. Communist? Doubtful, although sometimes I wonder about the real difference. I DO NOT want any form of socialism in this country. It’s never worked anywhere else, so why should it work here. Do we really want to become another Greece or Spain. Of course, this is no place to be discussing such things, so all I can say to you email me and we can go from there if you would like to. As you said once on here, we need more open dialogue in this country that is not weighted down with irrational expressions of passion or prejudice.

FL Jacket

June 5th, 2012
10:54 am

SS…

I’ll respond to you in private. But I personally believe that Bill Clinton (say what you want) said it best…”The cooperative partnership of Business and Government is more important than the reliance of each”.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 5th, 2012
11:10 am

@ FLJ…..The key word there is PARTNERSHIP. But PLEASE DO respond to me.when you can. I think you know from one of my emails, that I get long-winded, but I think you and I have enough common areas of interest that we should be able to discuss things rationally.

Stinger

June 5th, 2012
12:38 pm

Has UGA ever had a baseball player drafted by Major League Baseball? Players that committed in High School, but never played for UGA do not count.

1 4 GT

June 5th, 2012
12:50 pm

I too am not a big fan of political chain letter emails. They generally are full of crap. IE: one about Starbucks just went around about how unAmerican they are in not supporting the military, yet if one did a fact check on the “message”, it was a huge pile of garbage. I personally consider myself a strict constitutionalist with liberterain leanings.

FL Jacket

June 5th, 2012
1:55 pm

Stinger…the most recent one I can think of was Gordon Beckham. I’m sure there are quite a few.

Big Crimson 75

June 5th, 2012
2:45 pm

Derrick Lilliquist once upon a time was taken by the Braves in the 1st Rd.
Also, I think Jeff Treadway, former Brave, played at UGA — I could be very much wrong on that, but if He did play for the pups, I’m sure He was drafted.

Caught in a Jacket

June 5th, 2012
5:09 pm

Stinger, the Braves drafted Alex Wood (UGA LHP) in round 2 today. Surprising that Buck Farmer hasn’t been drafted yet. 8 rounds done. I hope this means that he will return to Tech for senior year. Fingers crossed.

Go Jackets

June 5th, 2012
6:47 pm

I heard from personal friend if he didnt go 4th round or higher Buck is comin back to Tech….woot woot. Love the Tech bball games a lot more than the Braves games. Maybe we get one more year watching him fire it in there.

Caught in a Jacket

June 5th, 2012
7:36 pm

Farmer goes to the Brewers in round 15. Why didn’t anyone want him before that? He was one of the top 100 prospects. No respect for Buck. Reminds me of Kellen Moore in the NFL draft.

At least Buck got drafted and he has one more year if he chooses to come back. I think (and hope) he will play another year at Tech. If he decides to go to the Brewers, he has good Tech company in Jed Bradley. :)

GT Lee

June 5th, 2012
7:39 pm

GT Alum

June 5th, 2012
8:43 pm

Sounds like Farmer, Dove and Wren will be back. Wonder if dad will use a late round pick on Wren.

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June 5th, 2012
9:50 pm

“5150 UOAD
June 5th, 2012
9:45 am

I wish we would not lose most of these guys but with OBAMA in the White House they better TAKE MONEY now! Who knows how much worse it will be in a year from now if the uneducated masses vote for the Community Organizer again.”

^ moron.