5 Tweets with Eric Farris
Allow me to introduce you to current Nashville Sounds and future Milwaukee Brewers second baseman/shortstop Eric Farris. Farris played his high school ball at Hamilton High School in Chandler, AZ where he batted .469 and led them to back-to-back state championships. He was a Collegiate Baseball/TPX All-American and was named Arizona Player of the Year by the East Valley Tribune and the ABCA.
After high school Farris was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 42nd round of the 2004 amateur draft but instead opted to attend Loyola Marymount, where he was slated to be the starting shortstop. A broken hamate bone delayed his college debut by about six weeks, yet he managed to finish with the team's second-highest batting average as a freshman. In 2006 and 2007 Farris led the Lions in several offensive categories and, despite those six missed weeks and leaving the school after his junior year, he finished his collegiate career with the fourth-most stolen bases in school history.
The Brewers selected Farris in the fourth round (131st overall pick) of the 2007 amateur draft. He spent the fall of 2007 playing rookie ball for the Helena Brewers, where he batted a cool .326 in 239 at-bats. Eric played all of 2008 for the "low" class-A West Virginia Power, where he batted .293 in 445 at bats.
Moving steadily up through the ranks meant a 2009 season at the Brewers "high" class-A affiliate, the Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League. Farris continued his offensive ways that season by batting .298, but stepped up his stolen-base numbers by swiping 70. He split the 2010 season between the Arizona League and the triple-A Nashville Sounds before spending almost all of 2011 with the Sounds.
I say "almost all" of 2011 because some of you may have heard Eric mentioned as a potential replacement when Rickie Weeks went down with an ankle injury. Farris received his first big-league call-up on July 28, but it was short-lived because the Crew subsequently traded for veteran journeyman Felipe Lopez and shortly thereafter added Jerry Hairston, Jr. Farris went 0-1 as a pinch hitter in his only plate appearance before being optioned back to Nashville July 29.
Last week Eric tweeted that he was bored, so I tweeted back to see if he would be interested in doing a “Twitterview” for Peace & Glove. After the initial “who the” and “what the,” he agreed to share his time with me for the latest installment of "Five Tweets With…"
Me: Of the few places you’ve played in the Brewers organization, do you have a favorite? Why?
Eric: I really enjoyed playing in Charleston, WV. It was my first full season, we had a cool stadium and the city itself was fun
Me: There is obviously a step-up in luxury when u get to the show. What’s the longest bus ride you’ve had to endure?
Eric: Off the top of my head I remember a 10-hour or so long bus ride! I'm sure we've had longer though.
Me: I'm almost glad I was born without talent. :) Where do you spend the off-season? Do you have a nice whip to get you around?
Eric: I live in downtown Sacramento and on the car hunt right now.
Me: So can you describe to me what that first big league at-bat felt like this year?
Eric: I was real nervous of course ... but I definitely felt like I belonged there!
Me: I assume your number is no coincidence. Any other players you know have b-days on their backs? :)
Eric: LOL. That's actually not even my favorite number! I like to wear 5.
Me: Do you have specific goals for 2012? If there's no Yuni B, any chance you get a shot at short?
Eric: I can't predict any plans the organization has for me in the future, but as far as goals are concerned I wanna be in the big leagues all year.
Me: I'd like to see that too. You'll accomplish bigger things, but at this point which stands out more: 25-game hitting streak or 70 stolen bases?
Eric: I'd have to say stolen bases!
Me: When you were drafted by the Braves in '04 was there one deciding factor that made you choose Loyola instead? Brewer fans are thankful, BTW :)
Eric: I just felt that college was something I always wanted to experience ... plus I don't know if I was ready for pro ball at the time.
Me: Excellent. One last one, since you got up for the "cup of coffee" this year, I have to ask. Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks?
Eric: Neither! I brew my coffee at home ... Gourmet coffee isn't for me. LOL.
Me: Ha. funny. I'll let you go man. I REALLY appreciate your time. Good luck sir!
Eric: No prob.
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Tim Thompson is a carsalesman, farmer, and huge fan of the Milwaukee Brewers. He lives in Milton area with his wife and two kids. Tim is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.