Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 20, 2013

Farrell thrilled to start career with Tampa Bay Rays

Farrell thrilled to start career with Tampa Bay Rays


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.

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