TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona baseball pitcher James Farris was selected by the Chicago Cubs today in the ninth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Farris was the 259th overall pick in the draft and he improved his position by six rounds by returning for his senior season.
Undrafted out of high school, Farris was picked by the Houston Astros in the 15th round of last year’s draft, but instead opted to return for his senior season with the Wildcats.
One of the most consistent starting pitchers in the Pac-12, Farris never missed a weekend start in the last three seasons while turning in nine complete games. He went 7-3 with a 3.97 earned run average as the Sunday starter on the 2012 national title team, including a no-decision despite going 7.2 innings with only two hits allowed in the championship game against South Carolina that season. As a junior, Farris moved to the Saturday slot and turned in a 5-5 mark with a 4.18 ERA.
Farris is one of 11 players from the 2012 national championship team to be drafted. A handful of others are likely to hear their names called on Saturday as rounds 11 through 40 conclude this year’s draft.