Dodgers: Q and A With Dodgers’ Utility Man Kyle Farmer
The Dodgers have many exceptional athletes on their team and one of their most interesting players is catcher Kyle Farmer. Although Farmer is a catcher, he is capable of playing all over the infield.
Kyle Farmer came up to the Dodgers last season and he immediately showed a flair for the dramatic. For his first major league hit, he delivered a walk-off two-run double against the hated San Francisco Giants. This season he once again showed a knack for being clutch and a Giants killer when he once again delivered a run-scoring double to beat the Giants in the tenth inning.
Kyle Farmer was kind enough to answer the questions that our staff had for him, and for that, we want to send a big thank you to Kyle Farmer for taking time out of his busy schedule.
What position do you prefer playing? And if given the opportunity, would it be the position you want to play permanently?
“I love both catching and playing third. If I had to choose my favorite it would have to be catching. I really enjoy being involved in every pitch and being able to control the game. I would love for this to be my everyday position, but at the end of the day I’ll play wherever they need me to play to help the team win.”
Are you following the NBA playoffs? If so, do you want a specific team to win it all?
“I am not much of a basketball fan, but I do like LeBron James.”
Does Kenley Jansen actually not know what your name is?
“Kenley definitely knows my name. He apologized when that happened and said that he was in a rush. I didn’t take it personally just thought it was very funny.”
Is there a player on the Dodgers that you look up to and try to emulate?
“There are so many guys on this team that I can say I look up to because every single one has helped me at this level. Chase Utley sticks out the most because he plays the game the right way, hustles, and is very smart in his game plan offensively and defensively.”
You have seen every part of the journey and had to work at each level to get promoted. What did it mean to you the first time you stepped into a big league batter’s box?
“The first time I stepped in the box all my dreams had been reached up to that point. I worked hard in the minor leagues and there were many ups and downs throughout my minor league career, but I had to keep a positive outlook throughout that time to reach the level I’m at to this day. The minor leagues is a very tough lifestyle and you have to really love the game of baseball to get through it and to keep a positive outlook. All the hard work and the struggles were definitely worth it though.”
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Take us through your first big league hit.
“My first big league hit is something I will never forget. Walking off our biggest rival on Sunday Night Baseball was something I never thought would happen to me. I worked the count to 3-2 and was lucky enough to put a good swing on an outside pitch. I rounded first and saw JT score and then a wave of white jerseys rushed towards me. It was an incredible moment for me and my family, and I’m glad I was able to help the team win.”
Many Dodger fans may not know that you played shortstop all four years in college at Georgia and only moved to catcher after the Dodgers drafted you. How do you translate some of your infielder skills behind the plate, and what new skills that you’ve learned as a catcher are helping you now that you’re manning the hot corner?
“Going from SS to C was a tough transition, but the coaching staff with the Dodgers really helped me out. Travis Barbary and Bill Hassleman really helped me change my game behind the plate from the very first day I put on a Dodgers uniform in spring training. Quick hands helped me translate pretty well from SS to C. But I needed to work on my flexibility to receive pitchers better. That has gotten a lot better and it has helped me at the hot corner and hitting.”
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Once again we would like to extend a big thank you to Kyle Farmer. We hope he keeps delivering clutch hits for the Dodgers once again this season as he helped seal Thursday’s win with an RBI single to put the Dodgers on top of the Diamondbacks 5-2.