Farquhar Aims To Find Home In Seattle
SEATTLE—Most minor leaguers playing winter ball do it at the request of their big league organization.
That is not the case for righthander Danny Farquhar
, who told the
Mariners after his first half-season in their system that he wanted to
spend part of his winter pitching in Venezuela. He has done a good job
of it so far.
In his first 15 Venezuelan League appearances, Farquhar used his
combination of pitches thrown from a variety of arm angles to go 1-1,
1.17 with three saves for Lara.
"He came to me and told me he was going to do this," farm director Chris
Gwynn said. "We didn't push it on him. But he's gone out and made a
good, strong case for himself."
There is a chance that Farquhar, 25, has finally found a home with the
Mariners after bouncing around over the past few years. The Blue Jays
drafted Farquhar in the 10th round in 2008 out of Louisiana-Lafayette,
then traded him to the Athletics after the 2010 season. The A's traded
him back in April 2011, and he briefly reached Toronto during the
season, yielding three earned runs in two appearances.
He opened the 2012 season with Double-A New Hampshire, and when Toronto
removed him from the 40-man roster, the A's grabbed him on a waiver
claim. Just a couple of weeks later, the Yankees did the same thing. He
spent about a month in that organization before New York packaged him
with righthander D.J. Mitchell
and sent him to the Mariners for Ichiro
Farquhar, whose best pitch is a cutter that he complements with a
fastball and a slider, needs to throw more strikes. He has averaged four
walks per nine innings for his career and had six in his first 15
innings in Venezuela.
Although he doesn't throw hard, the 5-foot-9 Farquhar gets plenty of
movement on his pitches, resulting in 306 strikeouts over 299 career
minor league innings. The movement comes from his ability to release the
ball over the top, sidearm and even submarine.
"He doesn't throw anything straight," Gwynn said. "The ball is always
cutting, sinking, moving. He knows how to pitch up and down, in and
• Catcher Mike Zunino
got five votes from his fellow Arizona Fall League
Rising Stars Game participants as the player most likely to be a star
in the big leagues. That vote total was tied for the most with Reds
outfielder Billy Hamilton
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and lefthander Scott DeCecco
were named the most
improved player and pitcher in Mariners instructional league.