Farmer will get the opportunity to earn some playing time at the hot corner this spring, the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett reports.
Farmer will get a little work in at third base over the course of the club's spring training since the catching position is a little crowded with Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes clearly ahead of him on the depth chart. Don't expect to see Farmer at the hot corner once the season begins, but this will give the 27-year-old a little more time on the field over the next few weeks.
Farmer was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.
While Farmer put together a fine season in the minors, slashing .317/.375/.476 with 10 homers between Double-A and Triple-A, he will likely only see sporadic opportunities. A catcher by trade, Farmer also played a decent amount of third base this year, but it's hard to imagine he will play there much (if at all) with the big club.
Farmer was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday.
With Cody Bellinger coming off the DL, the Dodgers needed to clear a spot for the final two days before rosters expand. Farmer is deserving of a significant trial in the big leagues, but he will need an injury to Yasmani Grandal or Austin Barnes to get any kind of steady work in September. He is hitting .311/.360/.495 with seven home runs and a 15.3 percent strikeout rate in the Pacific Coast League, and serves as another reminder of the Dodgers' embarrassment of riches.
Farmer was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
With Yasmani Grandal serving as the Dodgers' primary catcher, it's unlikely that Farmer will see consistent time behind the dish. He's been effective when called upon in the Show this season, although his usage has been very limited. Over 10 games, Farmer has logged just 10 at-bats, over which he's picked up four hits.
Farmer hit a two-run, pinch-hit, walk-off double in the 11th inning Sunday against the Giants. It was his first major-league at-bat.
Down 2-1 in the bottom of the 11th inning, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts opted to give Farmer his first taste of big-league hitting, and the move paid off. Farmer battled back to a full count after going down 0-2, then proceeded to smack a one-out double to cash in Corey Seager and Justin Turner -- who had been intentionally walked. It remains to be seen when the 26-year-old will make his debut for the Dodgers behind the dish.
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