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Thomas George Farias

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Pitcher Tom Farias reached AAA, where he spent two partial seasons and one full year. He also led a AA league in ERA.

He was taken by the Texas Rangers in the 26th round of the 1972 amateur draft, one round after they took Mike Hargrove, but did not sign. He then was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the 7th round of the January 1973 draft and played six seasons in their organization.

Making his debut the Winter Haven Red Sox in 1973, he was 8-2 with a 1.76 ERA and 15 saves, while striking out 103 in 92 innings and allowing 73 hits. He was second in the Florida State League in games pitched (51) and saves. With the '74 Bristol Red Sox, he went 5-8 with two saves and a 2.49 ERA. In 1975, he moved to the rotation and went 7-11 for the Bristol Red Sox, threw complete games in 14 of his 18 starts, and led the Eastern League with a 1.55 ERA (.51 ahead of runner-up Lance Rautzhan) and a 1.03 WHIP. He was also 2-2 with a 3.92 ERA that year for the Pawtucket Red Sox. For the year, he gave up 137 hits in 184 innings. He tied for third in the Boston chain in losses, trailing only Bob Stanley and Rick Kreuger. He made the EL All-Star team, joining Doug Heinold and Randy Lerch as the selected pitchers.

Back in the bullpen with the 1976 Rhode Island Red Sox, he was 4-6 with 3 saves and a 3.86 ERA, walking 58 in 105 innings. He split 1977 between Bristol (3-0, 4 Sv, 2.68 in 25 G) and Pawtucket (19 H, 13 R, 10 BB in 10 IP) as in 1975, but with worse results. In 1978, he closed out his career by going 8-5 with 9 saves and a 3.81 ERA for Bristol.

Overall, Farias went 37-34 with 36 saves and a 2.73 ERA in 239 minor league games (33 starts). In 573 innings, he allowed 505 hits and 258 walks while fanning 440.

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