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Faris' progression in transition

EUGENE-- The career of Stephen Wayne Faris has been a case study in two phenomena: progression and transition. From a 6.86 ERA and no starts in his freshman year in college to a 2.36 mark in 18 starts in a dominating junior year, Faris has progressed. From reliever to starter, from hitter to pitcher, Faris has transitioned.

And now, thrust from a record-setting three-year career as a Clemson's ace into a role as a reliever and sometimes starter for the San Diego Padres' short-season Single-A affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds, Faris must prepare to do both once again. The end of Faris' senior season at John Randolph Tucker High School marked the beginning of the first transition the young right-hander would have to...

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