Kyle Farmer – OKC Dodgers
The Dodgers recalled Farmer already earlier this week, but with their ever moving roster, there is a chance he could be sent back to Triple-A before coming back up in September. Everyone knows Farmer for his Major League debut that was a walk-off hit against the hated Giants. Farmer has four hits in ten at bats.
This season with the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Farmer hit .311 with seven home runs. Despite being a catcher, Farmer is capable of playing just about anywhere in the infield. He should be able to sneak in some starts at catcher and second base. He could even be an option to fill in at third base when Justin Turner gets his days of rest.
With Yasmani Grandal entering a contract year next year, the Dodgers would be wise to see what they can get out of Farmer.
If Grandal and the Dodgers fail to hash out an extension, then Farmer could be the new backup catcher with Austin Barnes starting after next year.
While that’s still ways off from the Dodger mindset, it would still be nice to see if Farmer can be a good backup in the big leagues. As Los Angeles has seen over these past two years, there is no such thing as too much depth.
Besides defensive versatility, Farmer is also great at finding ways to get on base. In Double-A, Farmer posted an OBP over .400, and in Triple-A he posted a .360 on-base percentage. Farmer is like a more athletic AJ Ellis which is not a bad thing. Look for Farmer to find some playing time in September when the Dodgers rest Barnes and Grandal a few games.