Coach Andy Lopez can go ahead and pencil in his Friday starter for the 2014 season.
Right-hander James Farris, who was drafted in the 15th round by the Houston Astros last week, has told the coach he intends to return to UA.
“He told me Monday that he had told Houston he was planning on coming back and finishing up his senior year and be a Friday starter,” Lopez said.
Farris was the Sunday starter on Arizona’s 2012 national championship team, going 7-3 with a 3.97 ERA. He was the Saturday starter this season, finishing at 5-5 with a 4.18 ERA.
“He wants to increase his draft status, and I think he can do that,” Lopez said.
“There used to be a stigma about being a senior and not getting picked to the 55th round. But a lot of seniors get drafted in the first 10 rounds now (because of the new bonus slotting system). If he pitches well, he could go in the top 10 rounds easy.”
Lopez’s early plan is to move closer Mathew Troupe, who will be a junior, to the rotation. Arizona also has left-hander Tyler Crawford, who ended the season as the team’s Sunday starter, posting a 7-2 mark with a 3.83 ERA.