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Luke Thomas Farrell (born June 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2017 with the Kansas City Royals and has also played for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs.

Luke Farrell
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Farrell with the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2016
Texas Rangers – No. 60
Born: (1991-06-07) June 7, 1991 (age 28)
Westlake, Ohio
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 1, 2017, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record4–4
Earned run average4.68


Farrell attended Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and Northwestern University, where he played college baseball for the Northwestern Wildcats. In 2010, his freshman year, he was diagnosed with a schwannoma, a benign nerve sheath tumor on his jaw, that required surgical removal.[1] He developed another tumor that was removed and treated with radiation therapy in 2011.[2] In his four years at Northwestern, Farrell had 208 strikeouts, and was awarded with the Big Ten Medal of Honor his senior season.[3] In 2012, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Kansas City RoyalsEdit

The Kansas City Royals selected Farrell in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB draft. Farrell made 10 starts with Rookie Advanced level Idaho Falls, where he went 1–3 with a 6.65 ERA, although he did strike out 45 batters in 43​13 innings. Farrell's struggles continued in 2014 with Single-A Lexington, going 2–12 in 19 starts with a 5.25 ERA while striking out 8.5 batters per 9 innings. Farrell opened the 2015 season with High-A Wilmington, then was promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas in May. Farrell made 16 starts at Double-A, going 5–3 with a 3.09 ERA, although his K/9 dropped to 6.3. Farrell pitched 2016 with Triple-A Omaha, where in 19 appearances (14 starts), he went 6–3 with a 3.76 ERA. He returned to Omaha to begin the 2017 season, where he made 13 starts before earning a promotion to the major leagues on July 1.[4]

When the Royals needed a starting pitcher for the first game of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, Farrell was called up from Omaha to make his major league debut. He gave up 5 runs in 2​23 innings and left the game as the pitcher of record, but did not receive a loss as Kansas City came back to win the game.[5] Originally recalled as the 26th player for the doubleheader, Farrell was optioned back to Omaha the next day. Following the Royals' acquisition of three major league pitchers from the San Diego Padres, Farrell was designated for assignment on July 24.[6]

Los Angeles Dodgers systemEdit

Farrell was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations on July 28, 2017, and was assigned to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.[7] Farrell made one appearance for Oklahoma City, giving up 2 earned runs in 4​23 innings.[8]

Cincinnati RedsEdit

On August 9, 2017, Farrell was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds, and assigned to the Triple-A Louisville Bats.[9] He was called up by the Reds on August 23, when he made his National League debut and pitched 3 innings of scoreless relief.[10]

Chicago CubsEdit

Farrell was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs on October 4, 2017.[11] He pitched five shutout innings on June 2, 2018 against the New York Mets.[12] On June 24, 2018, Farrell was assigned to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.[13] He was designated for assignment on September 1, 2018. He finished 3-4 in 20 games (2 starts). He struck out 39 batters in ​31 13 innings.

Los Angeles AngelsEdit

Farrell was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels on September 3, 2018.[14] On December 21, 2018, Farrell was designated for assignment by the Angels.[15]

Texas RangersEdit

On January 4, 2019, Farrell was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers.[16] On March 2, 2019, Farrell was struck in the face by a line drive during a spring training game and suffered a broken jaw and a concussion.[17] Farrell underwent surgery on March 6th to insert a plate and screws on the jaw bone.[18] His jaw was wired shut and he was placed on a liquid diet for one month. Farrell lost 15-20 pounds during the recovery process.[18][18] He was placed on the 60-day injured list to open the 2019 season. Farrell rehabbed with the AZL Rangers and Frisco RoughRiders before being activated on August 23.[18] In 9 games for Texas in 2019, he went 1–0 with a 2.70 ERA over ​13 13 innings.

Personal lifeEdit

Luke Farrell is the youngest of three sons born to former Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell.[19] John Farrell took a one-day leave from the Red Sox to be at Kaufmann Stadium on July 1, 2017, to watch Luke make his MLB debut; the Red Sox were managed that day by bench coach Gary DiSarcina.[20] On September 23, 2017, Luke pitched a scoreless inning of relief against the Red Sox, which was the first time in MLB history that a son pitched against a team managed by his father.[21][22] Luke's brothers, Jeremy and Shane, were both selected in the MLB Draft,[23] with Jeremy playing in the minor leagues from 2008 through 2015.[24]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Powers, Scott (November 3, 2010). "Northwestern pitcher Luke Farrell is thrilled to be back on the field following a tumor scare". Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Grathoff, Pete (March 11, 2017). "Kansas City Royals prospect Luke Farrell twice had golf-ball sized tumor in his neck removed | The Kansas City Star". Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Big Ten Medal of Honor: Luke Farrell, Northwestern Baseball". Big Ten Conference. CBS Interactive. June 5, 2013.
  4. ^ Josh Tolentino. "Pitcher Luke Farrell to make his major-league start on Saturday for Royals against Twins | The Kansas City Star". Kansas City Star. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  5. ^ McChesney, Alec (July 1, 2017). "Royals pitcher Luke Farrell has tough outing in his major-league debut against Twins". Kansas City Star.
  6. ^ Todd, Jeff (July 24, 2017). "Royals Acquire Cahill, Maurer, Buchter From Padres For Strahm, Wood, Ruiz". MLB Trade Rumors.
  7. ^ Kavner, Rowan (July 28, 2017). "Dodgers acquire RHP Luke Farrell from Kansas City". Dodgers Insider. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "Luke Farrell Minor League Statistics". Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  9. ^ Adams, Steve (August 9, 2017). "Reds Claim Luke Farrell, Designate Scott Van Slyke".
  10. ^ "Luke Farrell 2017 Pitching Gamelogs". Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  11. ^ "Chicago Cubs claim Cincinnati Reds RHP Luke Farrell off waivers".
  12. ^ "Cubs vs. Mets - Box Score - June 2, 2018 - ESPN". Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  13. ^ Staff, RotoWire (June 24, 2018). "Cubs' Luke Farrell: Optioned to Triple-A".
  14. ^ "Angels' Luke Farrell: Claimed by Angels".
  15. ^ "Angels' Luke Farrell: Designated for assignment". CBS Sports. December 21, 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  16. ^ "Rangers have acquired RHP Luke Farrell on a waiver claim from the Angels". January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  17. ^ Jeff Wilson (March 7, 2019). "Here's the latest update from the Rangers on Luke Farrell's broken, and now wired, jaw". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  18. ^ a b c d Jeff Wilson (August 23, 2019). "Farrell's season started with a broken jaw in spring. Rangers could add him to roster Friday". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  19. ^ Dodd, Rustin (July 1, 2017). "Red Sox manager to skip work to see son Luke Farrell make MLB debut". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  20. ^ Chisholm, Gregor; Browne, Ian (July 1, 2017). "Sale fans 11 as Red Sox roll over Blue Jays". Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  21. ^ Lauber, Scott (September 23, 2017). "'Proud' dad John Farrell tips cap as son Luke pitches ninth for Reds". Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  22. ^ Smith, Christopher (September 23, 2017). "Boston Red Sox's John Farrell tips cap at son Luke after two make MLB history; 'Very proud,' John says". Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  23. ^ Abraham, Peter (October 22, 2012). "For Farrell, baseball is a family endeavor". Boston Globe. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  24. ^ "Jeremy Farrell". Retrieved September 22, 2017.

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