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Andover’s John Farrell starting pro baseball career

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John Farrell was just hanging out, at home in Andover, on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

The 22-year-old Farrell certainly deserved a breather, after contributing mightily to a historic season for the William & Mary baseball program, one in which the Tribe racked up a program-best 39 wins and captured their first-ever wins in the NCAA Division 1 tournament (both against Ole Miss).

Last Saturday, he was tuned in to the NCAA Super Regionals when his phone rang.

Lou Wieben, a scout for the Tampa Bay Rays, was on the line, offering his congratulations.

With their pick in the 21st round, the Rays had selected the 6-foot-2, 210-pound righthander in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, a fitting conclusion to what was a dominant senior season for Farrell.

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