Dodgers News: Dodgers Promote Prospect Kyle Farmer

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.

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.

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Written by Trevor Vernola


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  1. How about using Barnes regularly at second base? Logan F has been to me a big disappointment. He has had a few games with good at bats ( too few). He does not conjure up memories of Billy Herman, Eddie Stanky, Jim Gilliam or Davy Lopes for BA, getting on base or stealing bases. With Farmer they now have that luxury

    10rtuns in les than 3 innings with a not so great ERA anyway is nota warm fuzzy with Darvish for only a rental. Too bad they already unloaded Rome. With Van Slyke that is about what Darvish is worth in my mind.

    A Dodger fan since 1940


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