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Farr Signs with Blue Raiders

Georgia product becomes ninth signee for 2008 season

June 12, 2007 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee head baseball coach Steve Peterson announced the signing of Benji Farr to a national letter-of-intent for the 2008 season, the Blue Raiders ninth signee for the 2008 season.

Farr hails from Cartersville, Ga., and Cartersville High School, where the lefthanded pitcher compiled a 22-2 combined mark the last two seasons. In 2007 he was 11-1 with a 1.17 earned-run-average in 12 starts, tossing six complete games. He had three shutouts in 60 innings of work and struck out 96.

As a junior Farr was also 11-1 with a 1.14 ERA in 12 starts with nine complete games. He had three shutouts and worked 74 innings, striking out 107.

Farr compiled a 31-9 career mark for the Cartersville Canes with a 1.95 ERA in 40 starts, working 219 innings. He had 21 complete games and eight shutouts, tossing one no-hitter and four one-hitters.

"I really liked [Coach Peterson] and the winning tradition at Middle Tennessee and it's a great place to play, especially with the new stadium being built," Farr said. "I just wanted to feel comfortable somewhere and I do at Middle Tennessee. Coach Pete didn't promise anything but he said the opportunity is there to work my way into the rotation as a freshman."

Farr also did good work as a hitter at Cartersville, batting .313 with 10 doubles and 15 RBIs as a senior and .396 with 13 doubles and 18 RBIs as a junior.

"He's a very talented lefthanded pitcher and has a good breaking ball," Peterson said. "We didn't know if we could get him. We're real glad to get him this late in the recruiting process."

Farr joins eight other signees in the Class of 2007, including: righthanded pitcher PJ Francescon (Nolensville, Tenn., Ravenwood HS), catcher Tyler Acker (Old Hickory, Tenn., DCA), outfielder/pitcher Bryce Brentz (Knoxville, Tenn., South Doyle HS), outfielder/pitcher Michael Adamson (Freeburg, Ill., Freeburg HS), infielder Justin Miller (Knoxville, Tenn., Bearden HS) infielder Tyler Burnett (Murfreesboro, Tenn., Oakland HS); righthander pitcher Kevin Whittaker (Nashville, Tenn./Volunteer State Community College) and righthander pitcher Judd Stoltz (Lewisburg, Tenn./Marshall County HS).

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