Kyle Farmer

Position: C
Born: 08/17/90
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 215
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the eighth round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAD).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
Hitting .329 in 81 games between Tulsa (Double-A) and Oklahoma City (Triple-A) with nine home runs, 47 RBIs and 20 doubles for a .384 OBP and .488 SLG.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Oklahoma City on July 28, when LHP Grant Dayton went on the 10-day disabled list.
MLB Debut Date: 07/30/17

Debut Details
July 30, in a 3-2 11-inning win against the Giants. Pinch-hitting for right-handed reliever Pedro Baez with one out and two on in the bottom of the 11th, he launched a two-run double for the walk-off win, becoming the first Dodgers player since pitcher Darren Dreifort in 1994 to have his first MLB hit be a walk-off. With the score tied at 1-1 after 10 innings, the Giants scored a run in the top of the 11th. In the bottom of the inning, with right-handed reliever Albert Suarez on for the Giants, Chris Taylor grounded out to third for the first out before Corey Seager doubled to right and Justin Turner earned an intentional walk to set up a possible double play. Farmer, making his first plate appearance in the bigs, worked Suarez to a full count before lacing a 96 MPH fastball to right field for a double to score Seager and Turner (and to give the win to Baez as well).

Player Notes
Farmer, who was drafted out of the University of Georgia where he was a shortstop, was converted to a catcher and third baseman with the Dodgers and has been making progress behind the plate, with a plus arm suited to the position along with a sturdy stocky build. A line-drive hitter to all fields, he hits for minimal power with his nine homers at his call-up being his career high. In 2016, sidelined for two months with a broken right wrist, he batted .258 in 78 games (including four while rehabbing in the Arizona League), mostly at Tulsa, with seven home runs and 35 RBIs. In 2015, between Tulsa and Rancho Cucamonga (High A) he hit .296 with three home runs and 66 RBIs, after batting .284 in 93 games between Rancho and Great Lakes (Class A) in 2014 with two home runs and 50 RBIs. He should serve as a utility player and backup catcher in the bigs, where he is, for now, the third catcher behind MLB veteran Yasmani Grandal and rookie catcher Austin Barnes, considered one of the Dodgers' top prospects.