Getting to Know: Danny Farquhar
Danny Farquhar isn’t quite sure what changed in the second half of 2016, but he certainly is hoping to carry his late-season results into this year. Farquhar goes into the season as someone expected to help the Rays bullpen. He certainly pitched like that in August and September.
After compiling a 6.75 ERA over his first 11 outings, Farquhar spent the better part of May, June and July making adjustments, and it eventually paid off. Farquhar had a 1.46 ERA over the final two months, covering 24.2 innings, and he struck out 36 batters during that stretch.
That’s similar to what Farquhar did in 2014, when he struck out 81 batters in 71 innings, and he compiled a 2.66 ERA over 66 appearances with Seattle. A consistent Farquhar to go along with consistent performances from the likes of Alex Colome, Brad Boxberger, Xavier Cedeno, Shawn Tolleson, and Erasmo Ramirez can go a long way toward bullpen improvement in 2017.
Farquhar believes his personal success can be of great help with the mental side of the game:
Farquhar threw his second bullpen in Port Charlotte on Thursday. He says the feedback he’s received on his changeup is that it’s where it was at the end of last season. That’s good, because according to Brooksbaseball.net, opposing batters hit just .116 against Farquhar’s changeup after August first.