Kyle Farmer reported to spring camp early with pitchers and catchers however traded in his backup catcher’s quantity (52) for an infielder’s quantity (17), half of his campaign to turn into the Cincinnati Reds’ odd shortstop.
Farmer can play anyplace and hits nearly .300 against left-handed pitching, which has made him a treasured utilityman for the Reds the past two seasons. He let manager David Bell know ultimate spring he wished a chance to hiss himself at shortstop, which is the place he performed for four years as a College of Georgia star.
The chance is here for the 30-one year-outdated Farmer, who might possibly be the Reds’ simplest choice since they let Freddy Galvis leave to signal with the Baltimore Orioles and didn’t splash into the free-agent pool for a alternative. Farmer started 10 video games at shortstop ultimate season and one other within the playoffs.
“Belief me, I used to be on Twitter daily seeing within the event that they were going to signal a shortstop,” Farmer stated earlier within the spring.
In the opening spring exhibition sport Sunday, Farmer started at shortstop along with the Reds infield regulars, going 1 for 3 at the plate with a double off the wall.
“Every spring coaching, I’ve had to repeat myself ‘this is the greatest spring coaching of your existence,’” stated Farmer, who performed two years with the Dodgers prior to being thrown into the 2018 alternate that brought Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig to the Reds in alternate for Homer Bailey.
“You’ve acquired to traipse into it and own a glimpse at to compete daily, invent a bunch and then assemble a starting job,” he stated. “So I don’t glimpse at it any otherwise than past years.”
The appropriate-handed hitting Farmer worked annoying within the offseason with a coach to tweak his swing, hitting on daily basis from a pitching machine that simulated a proper-handed slider.
“He’s real in great form,” Bell stated after Sunday’s sport. “He appears solid and lean, and he has a special quantity, so he looked appreciate a special participant.”
But Bell just isn’t ready to establish an opening-day starter but. The Reds contain some assorted recommendations.
Kyle Holder, obtained from the Phillies for money, will earn a glimpse, despite the truth that he has but to play in a huge-league sport. Frail All-Star Dee Out of the ordinary-Gordon is a non-roster invitee who’s mostly performed second depraved in his profession, and utilityman Alex Blandino is within the mix.
The long-time-frame solution at shortstop for the Reds might possibly possibly successfully be 22-one year-outdated Jose Garcia, who used to be referred to as up from the alternate space for 21 video games ultimate season however hit most efficient .194. The Reds will glimpse annoying at him in spring coaching however might possibly possibly well settle he wants extra minor-league seasoning.
“There’s no demand, real to state the glaring, that we rushed Jose to the massive leagues,” Bell stated.
Cincinnati as a bunch hit a league-worst .212 within the 60-sport 2020 season. Farmer is conscious of the principle to being the day to day shortstop isn’t his gorgeous protection, it goes to be his bat and whether or not he can create against proper-handed pitching.
“It’s roughly plump circle to me, coming from faculty then the total way up to 2021,” Farmer stated. “I ultimately had the nerve to traipse up and repeat (Bell) that I wished a shot ultimate one year, to hiss myself, and I aloof contain extra proving to scheme. There’s aloof great extra work to scheme and I need to assemble that role, so we’ll glimpse the way it goes.”
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