Ohio State baseball pitcher Zach Farmer dies at age 21 from leukemia – cleveland.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State baseball pitcher Zach Farmer died Tuesday, 15 months after a leukemia diagnosis. He was 21.

“Today is a sad day but also a day of peace for Zach and his family,” Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals said in a statement. “We will dearly miss our fellow Buckeye, teammate and friend Zach Farmer. I feel blessed to have had Zach in our program and the opportunity to coach him.

“Although his time here was cut short, his legacy as a Buckeye will be long lasting. I am proud of the fight he fought – we learned so much from him. Zach’s courage to fight, positive attitude and love for his supporters and teammates defines what it means to be a Buckeye.”


Farmer, a former three-time, first-team All-Ohio player at Piketon High School, was diagnosed in late April of 2014, during his freshman year at Ohio State. He was 6-4 with a 3.28 ERA in his 10 appearances with the Buckeyes.

He announced on July 15 that his cancer had returned.

And then he went on living his life, including marrying his girlfriend.

And then he turned 21.

Randy Johnson mentioned Farmer during his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, a fact that Farner retweeted.

“Zach was a remarkable young man who inspired us all,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in statement. “He made a tremendous impact on many lives and showed incredible courage in his fight. We send our heartfelt condolences to Zach’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Farmer’s twitter bio offered a reminder to everyone.

“Life is short and sweet enjoy it!”


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