The Los Angeles Dodgers have promoted catching prospect Kyle Farmer to the Major League roster prior to Friday’s game against the San Francisco Giants.
The Dodgers spent the entire Minnesota Twins series using a three-man bench of just Chase Utley, Austin Barnes and Kiké Hernandez. Bringing up Kyle Farmer allows the team to take a better approach on how they will use their pinch hitters and double switches.
Many thoughts began to rise yesterday when Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted that the Dodgers were calling up the catching prospect.
Source: #Dodgers promoting C Kyle Farmer. Accompanying move not known. Team currently carrying 14 pitchers, 11 hitters – a short bench.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2017
Kyle Farmer would be the third catcher on the Dodger roster, which is highly unusual, especially in the National League where there is no designated hitter.
Well Kyle Farmer and Austin Barnes are not your usual backup catchers. First off, both of them can flat out hit. Austin Barnes has shown what he can do with his bat this season and Kyle Farmer is posting a .326/.384/.488 line along with nine home runs in the minors this season.
Barnes has shown the ability to play both second base and third base to go along with his great catching ability. Farmer, while he is primarily a catcher, has logged innings at second, third , first and even shortstop this season. Players like Farmer are something that the Dodgers are known to appreciate so much.
The Farmer call-up allows the team to use Austin Barnes more freely in both pinch-hitting situations as well as an occasional start at second base. With very little other options, Farmer made the most sense as the man who should be called up to the Major League team. Thompson, Scott Van Slyke and Franklin Gutierrez have all failed as a right-handed bat coming off of the bench this season.