Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#36 James Farris
Position: Right Handed Pitcher
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: Gilbert, Ariz.
High School: Highland HS
Experience: 3 Years

Career Statistics | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

Honors and Awards
-       2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (15th Round, Houston Astros)
-       Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 11-18, 2013)

2013 Draft
Selected by the Houston Astros with the first pick (437th overall) in the 15th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft … Did not signed and elected to return for his senior season.

Arizona 2013
Made 15 starts all in the weekend rotation, with all but one in the Saturday slot … Posted a 5-5 record and a 4.18 earned run average … Led team and ranked No. 10 in the conference with 73 strikeouts … Limited opposing hitters to a .240 batting average … Allowed only 23 walks in 99.0 innings pitched … Capped season with complete-game victory in which he scattered seven hits and allowed four runs against USC (May 25) … Strong outing but did not factor into decision at Arizona State (May 18). Struck out seven, walked only one and allowed three runs in 6.1 innings of work … Made for career Friday start but suffered loss at UCLA (May 10). Gave up four runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one in four-plus innings … Took the tough-luck loss despite throwing seven-plus strong innings with only two runs – one earned – allowed against Washington (May 4). Struck out five, walked two and scattered nine hits in the contest … Allowed eight runs – seven earned – on 10 hits over 6.1 innings in a no-decision at Stanford (April 20) … Racked up a career-high 10 strikeouts and grinded out 7.1 innings in blustery conditions while collecting win at Washington State (April 13). Did not walk a batter and scattered four hits in the effort … No-decision outing despite allowing only two runs on six hits and three strikeouts over 4.2 innings of work against California (April 6) … Did not factor into the decision after giving up three runs on five hits in four innings against Utah (March 29) … Tossed 7.0 innings but took the loss after surrendering four runs – three earned – on five hits and four walks at Oregon (March 23) … Took the loss and was charged with four runs allowed – three earned – on six hits in 5.2 innings against Oregon State (March 16) … Handed first loss of year after yielding six runs – five earned – on six hits and four walks in 6.1 innings against Columbia (March 9) … Won third-straight game behind strong 8.0 innings in which he allowed two runs on six hits to go with six strikeouts … Struck out seven and walked just one while allowing four runs on eight hits in 7.1 innings to pick up victory over San Jose State (Feb. 23) … Dominated in first start of season with eight strikeouts and no walks while allowing only one run on two hits in eight innings. Earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors.

Arizona 2012
Earned the No. 3 starting spot in rotation entering the season and never relinquished it, posting an impressive 7-3 record and a 3.97 earned run average in 17 starts ... Struck out 73 and walked just 20 in 106.2 innings pitched, a 1.69 walks per nine innings figure that ranked fifth-best in Pac-12 ... Tossed three complete games to tie for fourth-most in conference ... Saved some of his best pitching for his two postseason starts, going 1-0 with a 1.62 earned run average and 11 strikeouts against three walks in 16.2 innings ... Outstanding pitching performance in only start at the College World Series in the second championship game against South Carolina (6/25). Went toe-to-toe with Michael Roth, pitching into the eighth inning with just one run allowed. Scattered two hits and two walks to go with four strikeouts in the 7.2-inning, no-decision effort before the Wildcats scored three times in the top of the ninth to win national championship ... Pitched a complete game and tied career high with seven strikeouts in first career postseason appearance against Louisville in Tucson Region championship game (6/3). Allowed just three runs - two earned - on 12 scattered hits, only one of which went for extra bases ... Did not factor into decision in regular season finale against Arizona State (5/27). Allowed four runs on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts in 4.2 innings ... Earned a victory with 6.1 strong innings with one run allowed on six hits in road start at USC (5/20) ... Gave up three runs on five hits and three walks in three-plus innings in no-decision outing at California (5/13) ... Suffered a tough-luck defeat against Oregon (5/6) despite pitching 7.2 strong innings with just two runs allowed - one earned - and six strikeouts against two walks ... Picked up fifth win of season with six solid innings against East Tennessee State (4/29). Allowed five runs on 10 hits but did not walk a batter and struck out five ... Set a career high with seven strikeouts to highlight a strong start at Washington (4/22), but did not factor into decision despite allowing just three runs on four hits in 7.1 innings of work ... Took the loss despite giving up only three runs on six hits in 4.2 innings against UCLA (4/15) ... No decision in four-plus innings in start at Utah (4/7). Charged with seven runs - five earned - on eight hits, but did not walk a batter and struck out six ... Turned in a superb effort against then-No. 2 Stanford (4/1), collecting his second complete game of the season. Scattered six hits and allowed just to two runs, while tallying five strikeouts against zero walks ... Earned victory in first career road appearance with 7.2 gritty innings at Oregon State (3/25). Gave up five runs - four earned - on six hits and two walks, but matched his then-career high with six strikeouts ... Did not factor into decision after pitching 4.1 innings with three runs allowed on seven hits to go with two strikeouts against Washington State in second game of a double-header (3/17) ... No decision despite six solid innings with four runs - three earned - allowed against Eastern Michigan (3/11) ... Picked up second win with 7.0 strong innings and just two runs allowed against Harvard (3/4). Struck out six and walked just one ... Suffered first loss after giving up five runs on seven hits and a pair of walks against Auburn in second game of double-header (2/25) ... Turned in a complete game five-hit shutout in first career start against North Dakota State (2/19). Struck out six and did not issue a walk.

Arizona 2011
Made two appearances out of the bullpen as a true freshman ... Earned praise of coaches for his development over the course of the season, despite limited appearances ... On travel roster much of second half of season ...Registered first career strikeout in 1.0 innings of work against Alcorn State (5/7) ... Made collegiate debut against Rice (3/2). Gave up three runs on two hits in debut game.

High School
Graduated from Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz., in 2010 ... Earned varsity letters under coach Scott Cook ... Transferred to Highland prior to junior season after attending Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, Ark., ... As a senior at Highland, posted a 2.42 ERA with 68 strikeouts on the mound ... Hit .423 with seven doubles and six homers ... Named an East Valley All-Star ... 5A All-State honorable mention selection by Arizona Republic ... As a junior, won seven games with a 2.52 ERA and 62 strikeouts ... Batted .36 with four doubles ... A 5A-1 Fiesta All-Region selection as a junior ... Named a top-25 prospect in state entering season by ... As a sophomore at Nettleton, posted a 1.43 ERA with 64 strikeouts on the mound and batted .351 with nine homers and 33 RBI.

Born in Columbus, Ohio ... Son of Jim and Linda Farris ... Has one sibling, Jordan ...... Future career aspirations include working with green technologies and making cities greener ... Favorite professional sports team is the St. Louis Cardinals ... Outside of baseball, enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and golf … Gameday superstitions include wearing the same undershirt for each game and taking the same route to mound each inning … Considers his parents the most inspiration people in his life … Is enrolled in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences with a major in regional development and a minor in environmental studies