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


“Once I started locating my fastball, I felt like I had a good chance at success,” he said. “I feel like my command really started to click, and my slider was very consistent. It was a fun year.”

But the whirlwind was just starting.

“The whole year I was filling out questionnaires for Major League teams,” he said. “Then, about two or three weeks before the draft, a few teams started to call me. That was when I started to realize it could be a reality.

“I thought the (Washington) Nationals might draft me, the (San Diego) Padres were interested and then obviously Tampa because they took me.

“I was drafted on Saturday, and the scout drove down to my house in Andover on Monday to go over my contract. The next day, I reported to Wappingers Falls, N.Y. where I will be playing this summer. We started practice that day, it was pretty bang-bang.”

Farrell joined a Hudson Valley Renegades team that sports alumni, including 2010 American League Most Valuable Player Josh Hamilton, three-time AL All-Star Evan Longoria, current Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster and former Sox outfielder Scott Podsednik.

He’s excited for his first Renegades start.

“They don’t want to throw me too many innings because I pitched so much in college, so they will limit me,” he said. “But I am willing to do anything.

“I think it will be great being a professional baseball player.”

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