August 5 - Logan Farrar may have had to wait awhile to hear his name called in June’s Major League Baseball Draft, but the Woodbridge graduate hasn’t wasted any time getting acclimated to the professional game since making his debut six weeks ago.
Selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 36th round following his senior season at Virginia Commonwealth University, the left-handed swinging outfielder had two four-hit games while hitting .486 in nine games with Oakland’s rookie level Arizona League affiliate. He hasn’t slowed down much since being promoted to the Vermont Lake Monsters of the short season New York/Penn League, hitting .301 with a .366 on-base average in 20 games.
"The adjustments are coming along well. The coaches allow us to play our game and give us advice here and there," Farrar said. "The biggest thing is just trying to become as consistent as possible, that's the biggest thing I'm trying to do right now. I know the talent is there, but consistency is the separator."
The 22-year-old was the Atlantic-10 Conference Player of the Year after hitting .365 with 17 doubles, eight home runs and 32 RBI in the spring at VCU, capping a career at the Richmond school which saw him finish fourth in program history in hits (286) and eighth in runs (172).
Farrar homered in his second game with Vermont, following that up with consecutive two-hit games the following two games. He has five multi-hit games since his promotion, and 10 total in his first 29 professional games.
D-Backs No. 3 Prospect Clarke Has Rough Debut at Triple-A Reno
Taylor Clarke made his first start at Triple-A Reno last night after the Arizona Diamondbacks promoted the Broad Run graduate earlier in the week, but the right-hander’s debut didn’t go as he hoped.
Clarke was reached for eight runs on nine hits over five innings, giving up four home runs in an 8-5 loss to visiting Nashville. The eight runs were twice as many as he’d given up in any of his 21 starts at Jackson, where he was 9-7 with a 2.91 ERA in 111.1 innings. The most runs the 24-year-old had previously allowed during his three-year professional career was five.
Ranked by MLBPipeline.com as Arizona’s No. 3 prospect, Clarke’s next start will likely be in Las Vegas late next week.
Paul VI Grad Capen Signs Free Agent Deal with Seattle
George Capen, who spent the summer as an assistant coach in the New England Collegiate Baseball League following his senior season at the College of the Holy Cross, signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners yesterday and will report to their Arizona League affiliate, per an announcement by Holy Cross this morning.
A graduate of Paul VI Catholic, Capen went 7-1 with three saves and a 4.37 ERA in 28 relief appearances in the spring for the Crusaders. The righty struck out 51 in 47.1 innings to help lead Holy Cross to the NCAA Regionals, where the Crusaders won the first NCAA game in program history when they defeated then-No. 25 Nebraska.
Capen finished his collegiate career with a 14-5 mark, compiling a 3.98 ERA and setting a school record with 99 relief appearances.
Notable Number: 3 - Number of hits and RBI by San Francisco Giants outfielder Jarrett Parker in his first game back after coming off the 60-day disabled list on Thursday. The Colonial Forge grad doubled twice in an 11-2 win over Oakland. His last game with the Giants had been on April 15.
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Photo of Logan Farrar courtesy of Vermont Lake Monsters