Danny Farquhar

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Danny Farquhar
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Farquhar with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017
Free agent
Relief pitcher
Born: (1987-02-17) February 17, 1987 (age 32)
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 13, 2011, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record10–15
Earned run average3.93
Strikeouts309
Teams

Daniel Andres Farquhar (born February 17, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He previously played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox.

Amateur career[edit]

Farquhar attended Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches, Florida, where he played for the school's baseball team as a pitcher and outfielder.[1] He batted .436 as a sophomore. As an outfielder, Farquhar was named to the All-District Second Team in 2004, his junior year.[2] As a senior, he had a 0.89 earned run average (ERA), a school record.[citation needed]

Farquhar enrolled in college at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he played for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team, competing in the Sun Belt Conference.[3] As a college freshman, he had a 6–1 win-loss record with four saves and a 2.17 ERA. He led the Sun Belt Conference in ERA. In 2007, as a sophomore, Farquhar went 6–3 with six saves, a 3.08 ERA and 115 strikeouts to 22 walks in ​87 23 innings pitched. He was fourth in the conference in ERA and second in strikeouts. As a junior, he had a 3–8 record with a 4.95 ERA.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Farquhar in the tenth round, with the 309th overall selection, of the 2008 MLB draft.[4][5] He signed with Toronto[6] and made his professional debut with the Auburn Doubledays of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League. He was promoted to the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class A Midwest League during the season. He finished 2008 with 2–2 win–loss record, ​32 13 innings pitched (IP), and a 1.95 ERA. In 2009, he started the season with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and finished the season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Class AA Eastern League. In 2009, Farquhar had a 2–4 record, 1.87 ERA and 22 saves, in ​62 23 innings pitched.[4]

The Blue Jays traded Farquhar to the Oakland Athletics along with Trystan Magnuson for outfielder Rajai Davis after the 2010 season.[7] He threw eight innings without allowing a run for the Sacramento River Cats of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL), before the Athletics traded him to the Blue Jays in exchange for reliever David Purcey on April 18. The Blue Jays assigned him to the Las Vegas 51s of the PCL.[8]

Farquhar made his major league debut on September 13, 2011, against the Boston Red Sox. He pitched ​23 innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits, while walking two with no strikeouts. Farquhar was later optioned back to New Hampshire. On June 2, 2012, the Blue Jays designated Farquhar for assignment after claiming Chris Schwinden off waivers from the New York Mets.[9]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On June 9, 2012, the Athletics claimed Farquhar off waivers from the Blue Jays.[10] After making five appearances in the minor leagues for Sacramento,[citation needed] the Athletics waived him to select the contract of A. J. Griffin.[11]

New York Yankees[edit]

The New York Yankees claimed him off waivers on June 26 and optioned him to the Trenton Thunder, shifting Brett Gardner to the 60-day disabled list.[12][13] However, he was placed on waivers three days later, as the Yankees claimed Schwinden, who had been waived by the Cleveland Indians.[14] He cleared waivers.

Farquhar in 2014

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On July 23, 2012, the Yankees traded Farquhar and pitcher D. J. Mitchell to the Seattle Mariners for right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.[15]

Farquhar started the 2013 season with the Tacoma Rainiers of the PCL. The Mariners purchased his contract, promoting him to the major leagues, on May 17.[16] On August 2, Farquhar replaced Tom Wilhelmsen as closer, and he recorded his first major league save on August 3 against Baltimore.[17] From that point to the end of the season, he went 0-3 with 16 saves in 24 games, striking out 29 in ​22 23 innings with a 2.38 ERA. Overall on the year, he went 0–3 with a 4.20 ERA in 46 appearances, striking out 79 in ​55 23 innings.

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On November 5, 2015, the Mariners traded Farquhar, Brad Miller, and Logan Morrison to the Tampa Bay Rays for Nate Karns, C. J. Riefenhauser, and Boog Powell.[18]

On April 23, 2016, Farquhar was sent down to the Durham Bulls of the Class AAA International League. He was recalled on May 14, but was designated for assignment the next day, and was back with Durham on the 16th. On June 25, Farquhar was sent back up to the Rays, on the 26th, one day later, he was sent back down to Durham, on the 27th, he was called back up to the Rays. This time Farquhar made it 8 days before his July 5 demotion back to Durham. On August 6, Farquhar was called back up to the Rays, this was his final transaction of the season.[19] He finished the season with a 3.06 ERA in 35 games (​35 13 innings) and 46 strikeouts.

Farquhar was designated for assignment on June 29, 2017.[20] He cleared waivers and was assigned to Durham. The Rays released him on July 20.[21]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On July 24, 2017, Farquhar signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox.[22] His contract was purchased by the White Sox on August 19, 2017.[23]

On April 20, 2018, after pitching in relief in the sixth inning in a game against the Houston Astros, Farquhar collapsed in the dugout. Witnesses saw him go into the White Sox's dugout and vomit before losing consciousness. Farquhar was carried out by ambulance and taken to Rush University Medical Center. Teammates said they were shocked because they did not "notice any signs that Farquhar might have been sick".[24] After further testing, doctors revealed Farquhar suffered from a brain hemorrhage, which was caused from a ruptured brain aneurysm.[25] On May 7, 2018, Farquhar was discharged from the hospital. Despite being ruled out for the rest of the 2018 season, doctors expect him to make a full recovery and pitch again.[26] On June 1, 2018, he had recovered enough to throw the ceremonial first pitch for the White Sox's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.[27] Farquhar elected free agency following the 2018 season.

Return to the Yankees organization[edit]

On January 21, 2019, Farquhar signed a minor league contract with the Yankees.[28] He was released on June 19, 2019.

Personal life[edit]

Farquhar is married to his high school sweetheart, Alexandria Castells Farquhar, and they have one daughter and two sons. Off the field, Farquhar enjoys the game of golf. He has said that he would like to coach and teach math at the high school level one day.[29]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Coach Of The Year". Sun Sentinel. June 15, 2004. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  3. ^ Jays, Blue (April 5, 2009). "Blue Jays Daze: Prospect Profile – Daniel Farquhar, RP". Bluejaysdaze.blogspot.com. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Danny Farquhar Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. February 17, 1987. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  5. ^ The Miami Herald (June 25, 2012). "MLB Draft, Day 2 (with updates) | High School Sports Blog". Miamiherald.typepad.com. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  6. ^ "Farquhar inks with Toronto". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. June 28, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
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  9. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/06/blue-jays-claim-schwinden-dfa-farquhar.html
  10. ^ "Blue Jays claim RHP Schwinden off waivers from Mets". Tsn.ca. February 6, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  11. ^ http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/8091107/brandon-mccarthy-placed-dl-aj-griffin-called-oakland-athletics
  12. ^ "RHP Danny Farquhar claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees | oaklandathletics.com: News". Oakland.athletics.mlb.com. June 19, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  13. ^ "Yankees pick up right-hander Danny Farquhar off waivers from Athletics, option him to Double-A". The Washington Post. Associated Press. May 23, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  14. ^ "Yankees Claim Righ Handed Pitcher Chris Schwinden Off Waivers – CBS New York". Newyork.cbslocal.com. June 29, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  15. ^ Berry, Adam (July 23, 2012). "Mariners trade Ichiro to Yanks for two prospects". MLB.com. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
  16. ^ Baker, Geoff (May 17, 2013). "Danny Farquhar up from Class AAA to join Mariners bullpen". The Seattle Times. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  17. ^ Baker, Geoff (August 2, 2013). "Tom Wilhelmsen out as Mariners closer once again". The Seattle Times.
  18. ^ Stecker, Brent (November 5, 2015). "Mariners send Brad Miller, Logan Morrison to Rays in 6-player trade". mynorthwest.com. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  19. ^ "Recent news on Danny Farquhar - Tampa Bay Rays - Rotoworld.com". www.rotoworld.com. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  20. ^ Steve Adams (June 28, 2017). "Rays Designate Danny Farquhar For Assignment". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  21. ^ https://rayscoloredglasses.com/2017/07/21/tampa-bay-rays-release-danny-farquhar/
  22. ^ Merkin, Scott (July 25, 2017). "White Sox deal Swarzak to Brewers for prospect". mlb.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  23. ^ Macklin, Oliver (August 19, 2017). "White Sox put Lopez on DL with back strain". mlb.com. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  24. ^ Betz, Bradford (April 21, 2018). "White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar 'stable but critical' after brain hemorrhage in dugout". foxnews.com. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  25. ^ Merkin, Scott (April 21, 2018). "Farquhar stable after ruptured brain aneurysm". mlb.com. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  26. ^ Greenstein, Teddy (May 7, 2018). "White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar released from hospital; doctor says he could pitch again". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  27. ^ Merkin, Scott (May 24, 2018). "Danny Farquhar throws out first pitch". MLB.com. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  28. ^ Sanchez, Mark W. (January 1, 1970). "Yankees sign Danny Farquhar, who opens up about brain aneurysm". Nypost.com. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  29. ^ Moore, Jim (August 29, 2013). "Getting to know Mariners closer Danny Farquhar". Mynorthwest.com. Retrieved July 4, 2014.

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