South Jersey Baseball:
Friday, May 28, 2004
By Chuck Betson
The Atlantic City Surf lost their third player during the month of May to a major league organization. The Surf announced on Friday that starter Jeff Farnsworth’s contract was purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers and he will report to their triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians.
After a rocky opening day start, Farnsworth was one of the top starters this season for the Surf. He was 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts. He struck out nineteen and walked only three in his twenty-seven and a third innings of work. Farnsworth was tied for second in the league in wins and third in innings pitched.
Farnsworth was selected in the second round of the 1996 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners. He made it to the major leagues in 2002 with the Detroit Tigers.
“This is the third key ballplayer we have lost in the first month,” said Surf general manager Mario Perrucci. “I am extremely happy for Jeff. He deserves another shot at the majors. This is just another indication of the caliber of players in the Atlantic League.”
“He pitched well when he was here,” said manager Jeff Ball. “I hope he makes it back to the big leagues.”
The Surf also lost centerfielder Marvin Benard to Toronto and shortstop Victor Gutierrez to the Cleveland organization. Both players reported to triple-A.
Atlantic City is on the road for six games. They return home on Thursday for a three game series versus future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson and the Newark Bears. Fireworks, sponsored by Trump Properties will follow the game on Friday, June 4th.
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