College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 22 on our Top 100 Countdown is Georgia’s Kyle Farmer. The 6’0 shortstop from Atlanta, Georgia was selected in the 35th round by the New York Yankees in the 2012 MLB Draft.
During his freshman season, Farmer appeared in 39 games for the Bulldogs, 38 of which he started. He missed 15 games during the season after he suffered a broken hamate bone in his wrist. He posted a batting average of .340 on the year and a .962 fielding percentage, as he earned several honors including being named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.
As a sophomore, Farmer started all 65 games while batting .308 and leading the team with 58 RBI and 8 home runs. In 2012 as a junior, Farmer started in all 56 games that he played in. He batted .302 on the year with 41 RBI, 19 doubles and four home runs. During the summer of 2012, Farmer played on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
From a scouting perspective, Farmer is a good defensive shortstop with solid tools. He has a relatively strong arm, good range, decent speed and is very athletic. A career .300+ hitter at Georgia, Farmer is very solid at the plate as well. His consistency paired with a good amount of power makes him a relatively difficult out for even the best pitchers. With a great deal of success behind him and his senior season ahead of him, Farmer is one of the top players to watch for in 2013.