Reds SS Kyle Farmer has played very well the past 2 weeks, but Jose Barrero has as well.
What a couple of weeks it's been offensively for shortstop Kyle Farmer. Over his last 15 games, the University of Georgia alum is slashing .346/.407/.654 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. In addition, Farm Dawg also had his first multi-homer game.
The importance of Farmer to the Cincinnati lineup has been a source of great debate in among Reds Country for the past couple of years, but, most importantly for Farmer, the person whose opinion matters the most is clearly a fan.
Last week when speaking with reporters, Reds skipper David Bell (via MLB.com) was quoted as saying "Farmer's a big part of our team, and he makes us better in ways you can't quantify." It's critical Farmer has that type of support because the Cincinnati roster is going to get interesting sooner rather than later.
Top shortstop prospect, Jose Barrero, could be added to the big league roster at any moment. Following a wrist injury suffered in spring training, the 24-year-old Cuban has been impressive at Triple-A Louisville since joining the Bats on May 20th.
Entering play yesterday, Barrero was slashing .269/.345/.577 with two homers in 26 at-bats. Once he receives the call, it's safe to assume he'll take over the shortstop duties from Farmer as he offers an immediate upgrade defensively.
However, I don't expect Farmer to ride the pine. It's obvious David Bell lovee Kly eFarmer, and he'll find a way to get him into the lineup as much as possible. He may have his detractors, but Kyle Farmer is not leaving the Cincinnati lineup any time soon, regardless of Jose Barrero's presence.
It's gonna happen, Reds Country. For the first time since October 22, 1975, the Cincinnati Reds will celebrate a victory at Fenway Park. However, let's not get carried away.
Look for Cincinnati and Boston to split their brief two-game set before the Redlegs return home to battle the Washington Nationals to kick off an eight-game homestand on Thursday night.