Brewers' Farris Made Up For Lost Time In AFL





MILWAUKEE—Don't tell Eric Farris there's no such thing as making up for lost time.

The second baseman had batted .351/.415/.432 through 74 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League, helping ease memories of a season truncated by three months. Playing for Triple-A Nashville, the 24-year-old sustained a right knee injury just 21 games into the season in a collision at home plate.

The injury limited him to 60 games with the Sounds. He batted .274/.311/.348 with 14 stolen bases while trying to gain strength in the knee.

Farris, a fourh-round pick from Loyola Marymount in 2007, was excited when assigned to the AFL, realizing it gave him a chance to show what he can do when healthy. More of a singles hitter than a slugger, he concentrated on getting on base.

"For me, this is still part of my season," Farris told Brewers.com. "I'm not treating this like a fall league. I'm making up for lost time. I'm just working on playing and getting back what I lost this year."

Brewers roving infield instructor Garth Iorg was on hand for several of Farris' AFL games and came away impressed with his glove work.

"He is an excellent defender," Iorg said. "He has plus range and he turns the double play very well. I think he's a heck of a player. He's a guy you want playing behind you on defense."

Though he doesn't have blazing speed, Farris can be a disruptive force on the bases when healthy. In 2009, he led the high Class A Florida State League with 70 steals for Brevard County.

The Brewers were aggressive with Farris, bumping him all the way from Brevard to Nashville, allowing top prospect Brett Lawrie to play second base regularly for Double-A Huntsville. If the Brewers opt to move Lawrie to Nashville in 2011, Farris might have to take a step back to Huntsville.

"I just want to stay healthy and get myself strong for the whole season," Farris said. "I don't want to take for granted what I'm doing right now."

MICROBREWS

• The Brewers re-signed righthander Tim Dillard to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. He appeared in 41 games (eight starts) for Nashville, going 5-7, 4.12 with 82 strikeouts in 109 innings.

• Righthander Jeremy Jeffress, who hit 101 mph in the AFL's Rising Stars Game, notched 14 strikeouts in his first 12 innings for Surprise but also walked 12 batters.