Seth Farni making home run first impression at St. Stanislaus

Of the eight Major League Baseball superstars competing in this year’s Home Run Derby, half of them hit more than 27 home runs in a single round. That means a local high school player hit more than the other half did in last month’s World Power Showcase, and he did so in a big league park.

“The actual first day of the event when they call your name and they give you the jersey and then you walk off the stage, and so no one really knew who I was because I wasn’t even there from the beginning of the event, said St. Stanislaus center fielder/left-handed pitcher Seth Farni. “I was the underdog.”

The home run king of first impressions, Farni was quick to put Miami, Fla. on notice, albeit with some unfamiliar lumber.

“I broke a wood bat in the cage before, and so going on to the field with a bat I’ve barely even used which was pretty insane,” said Farni.

Swinging for the fences at LoanDepot Park – home of the Marlins – Farni hit 10 home runs in the first round, good enough to punch his ticket to the finals. Underdog no more, the switch-hitting junior uncorked an event record for a single round – 27 homers – with a long of 444-feet, breaking the previous high-mark of 25 set recently by DeSoto Central alum Blaze Jordan.

“Bryce Harper hit 19. Blaze Jordan hit 25. And I hit 27,” said Farni. “I hit every day. I try to crush baseballs every day. And so going into a park and hitting 27, it wasn’t unexpected of myself to do that. But to actually see that and be on a live stage and actually doing it was awesome.”

Quite the entrance for the five-tool transfer out of UMS-Wright, who made the move from Mobile, Ala. to Bay St. Louis, Miss. as recently as June. Farni is already feeling right at home at St. Stanislaus under the watch of second-year head coach Brad Corley.

“He just has the look,” said Corley. “I mean he just walks up and kind of commands that respect from other players. He’s special all the way around – hitting, throwing, running, just his leadership – all of that has been great for our program.”

“He’s probably one of the best high school coaches I’ve ever seen, and just to be a part of this program and to be part under him as his coach, I can trust him to develop me and develop our team and hopefully this season, maybe we can go pretty far,” said Farni.”

Minus the Covid-19 shortened 2020 season, Stanislaus is currently riding a streak of 15 straight playoff appearances with six district titles and a pair of 4A state crowns during that stretch. But after a 2021 first round exit, SSC is perhaps in need of some extra Rock-a-Chaw round-trippers from a top of the order bat that knows there is no substitute for hard work.

“Seth, very special player,” said Corley. “Works his tail off. His work ethic separates him from any high school kid that I’ve ever seen.”

“I think it’s the way that I train,” said Farni. “I’m not the guy that goes in the weight room and does power lifting moves. I’m the guy that keeps it more dynamic, more unilateral movements, just doing more of what I know what pro baseball players do and that’s just kind of how I develop myself.”

Having been committed to Ole Miss since his freshman year, Farni has been chasing that next level professional dream ever since he was six years old. And if he does go on to achieve that dream as a Stanislaus graduate, he would not be the first.

“We’ve had some DI guys, said Corley. “Jacob Lindgren played here. In 2011 he graduated and played at Mississippi State, was an All-American and then pitched in the Major Leagues with the Yankees, so we’ve had some guys like that. Hopefully Seth turns into one of those guys.”

“Part of my career is to play in the Major Leagues, and whether it’s go to college and then play in the Major Leagues,” said Farni. “Whether it’s get drafted higher and then go play in the Major Leagues, it all depends on what’s God’s plans for me.”

Farni – an Atlanta Braves fan – says he looks up to switch hitters like Chipper Jones, Ozzie Albies and Francisco Lindor.

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