Kyle Farmer, Utility player
Moving Kyle Farmer down to Triple-A Louisville is certainly an option, but I don’t think it’s the right one. The Reds’ super-utility player has been a bright spot in the lineup and has too much versatility with the way the team is currently constructed.
Granted, Farmer doesn’t get a lot of opportunities, as he’s only seen action in 18 games and has just 25 at-bats which is fewer than Curt Casali. However, as we saw in Tuesday night’s game against the New York Mets, when Farmer gets his chances, he produces.
Farmer is only 5-for-25 (.200) on the season, but when he gets a hit, it counts. Kyle Farmer has gone yard on 3 different occasions this season and has 8 RBIs. His .560 slugging percentage is better than Derek Dietrich, Eugenio Suárez, and Jesse Winker.
No, Farmer is not an every day player, but that’s okay. His ability to give Joey Votto a day off at first base and play all over the infield gives David Bell a world of options, especially late in games. Farmer can even take over behind the plate if needed.
If Kyle Farmer were to be sent down, Senzel’s ability to play the infield may come into play. I find it hard to believe, however, that the Reds would spend so much time and energy teaching Senzel how to play center field only to utilize him as an option to fill in at second base. When Senzel arrives in Cincinnati, it’ll be to play center field.
I don’t expect Kyle Farmer to be on the Cincinnati Reds roster much longer, as I think he’s the likely candidate to be sent down when Scooter Gennett returns, but for now I think it’s a safe bet that remains part of the big league club for the next several weeks.