Farmer was glad taking part in shortstop for the Reds, however starting with Friday’s sport vs. the Brewers, he is the common third baseman.
The determination, revealed by supervisor David Bell on Wednesday, got here as a shock.
“It caught me off guard,” Farmer mentioned earlier than Friday’s 5-1 Reds loss to the Brewers at American Family Field. “I wasn’t anticipating it in any respect. But it occurred, so I can not actually complain about it.”
Farmer obtained the night time off on Wednesday at Miami as Jose Barrero began at shortstop. Despite his offensive struggles this season at Triple-A Louisville (.209/.262/.377 in 55 video games), Barrero has lengthy been seen by the Reds as a future possibility at shortstop due to his defensive expertise and is getting an opportunity to see if he can solidify himself within the massive leagues.
That means Farmer’s streak of 192 consecutive begins at shortstop ended with the transfer, not together with one sport as DH in June. He went from a utility function to shortstop in May of final season when Eugenio Suárez was moved again to third base from shortstop.
Farmer had a breakout season on the plate in 2021 and set profession highs with 16 residence runs and 63 RBIs.
On Friday, Farmer was 2-for-4 and delivered the Reds’ lone run with a fifth-inning RBI single to left discipline that snapped an 0-for-10 skid. The offense was not sufficient to overcome a tough night time for beginning pitcher Robert Dugger, who gave up a pair of residence runs and trailed, 5-0, after two innings.
Farmer is batting .254/.324/.371 this season with six homers and 51 RBIs in 90 video games total. He had a .289 common on June 17 earlier than an prolonged stoop.
Shortstop was Farmer’s favourite place and the one he performed in school. But till he informed Bell he was all in favour of going there in 2021 Spring Training, it hadn’t occurred within the massive leagues.
Farmer usually drew reward for his reliability and steadiness at shortstop. But his defensive vary will not be as robust, particularly in contrast to Barrero, as he got here in ranked thirtieth amongst MLB shortstops with a -4 outs above common ranking and -3 runs prevented.
Getting moved wasn’t seen as excellent news by Farmer, who turns 32 on Aug. 17
“It sucks. I like shorts. I’ve beloved brief my whole life,” he mentioned. “It’s a part of the sport, I assume, they usually see me at third. Hopefully I play nicely to possibly play third right here subsequent 12 months.”
An opening was created at third base Tuesday after Brandon Drury was traded to the Padres for Minor League shortstop Victor Acosta. Farmer obtained the beginning nod over Donovan Solano and Mike Moustakas. Both the right-handed hitting Solano and lefty hitting Moustakas are anticipated to principally break up time because the designated hitter.
Because of the totally different angles, the pace of balls from contact and the longer throws, switching positions will take an adjustment for Farmer. Friday marked his thirtieth profession begin at third base however his first since April 26, 2021.
“It’s going to be very onerous. I’m up to the problem however I have not performed there in two years, just about,” mentioned Farmer, Cincinnati’s 2022 Heart and Hustle Award winner. “Whatever is greatest for the group, I assume. I’ll play wherever they need me to play, and I assume third is the place they see me taking part in.”
Milwaukee’s hitters saved Farmer busy as he was concerned in seven putouts, together with three floor balls and a line drive. All appeared to be routine performs.
“He was good,” Bell mentioned. “The extra performs he will get, the extra snug he is going to be over there. It’s totally different. To state the plain, it is rather a lot nearer to residence plate. Things are faster and get on you quick.”