It has been an impressive journey for the right-hander with the low-90s fastball, which saw him deliver outstanding careers for the Golden Warriors and as both a closer and starting pitcher at William & Mary in Virginia.
“I guess it will be a little weird to be a member of the Rays organization,” the lifelong Red Sox fan said. “But I couldn’t be happier to be part of this organization. I want to work my way up the ladder.”
Farrell first emerged as a star during his junior season at Andover High in 2008, when he went 6-1 with a 2.36 ERA and a whopping 71 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings.
He was even better as a senior, finishing with five wins, a 0.70 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings pitched. He followed that with an outstanding season for the Andover Legion team.
During his senior campaign, Farrell committed to play for Division 1 William & Mary.
As a freshman in 2010, he was named the team’s closer, recording six saves, 56 strikeouts and earning Commonwealth Athletic Association All-Rookie team honors. After seeing his numbers dip as a sophomore, he rebounded the next season with eight saves, 42 strikeouts and a 2.32 ERA.
As a senior this year, however, Farrell returned to the role that made him a star at Andover, winning a spot in the Tribe’s starting rotation.
“I wanted to start,” he said. “I wanted to be able to impact the team in the role of a starting pitcher. I feel like, as a starter, you can impact the game a lot more. You can pitch deep into games and give your team a chance to win.”
Back in the rotation, Farrell simply dominated.
He finished the season 6-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings. He also limited batters to a .241 average and allowed only four home runs, helping William & Mary to a school-record 39 wins and a trip to the NCAA tourney.