Kyle Farmer was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster in November 2016, and made his major league debut in 2017 in spectacular fashion.
What went right
The eight-round pick out of Georgia in 2013 hit .317/.375/.476 in 92 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, and hit a career-best 10 home runs to go with 23 doubles.
Farmer’s primary role with the Dodgers was as a pinch hitter, going 5-for-13 (.385) with a double and a pair of RBI.
He caught three games totaling seven innings, and also played seven innings at third base and eight innings at first. Farmer was the first Dodger to play first base, third base and catcher in the same season since Bill Sudakis is 1971.
Farmer made the Dodgers’ roster in both the NLDS and NLCS and appeared in five games, all as a pinch hitter, going 0-for-4 with a sacrifice fly.
What went wrong
Farmer only made one start in his major league stints, and it came at first base on Sept. 23.
When he was recalled in the final month, on Sept. 9, he went a full 13 games without playing even a single inning.
Farmer didn’t walk once in his 20 major league plate appearances, though he only struck out three times.
Stats: .300/.300/.350, 6-for-20 in 20 games
Salary: $535,000, pro-rated for his time in the majors, roughly $134,000.
Game of the year
Farmer had one of the more memorable Dodgers major league debuts in recent memory. On July 30 against the Giants, Farmer debuted as a pinch hitter with one out and two runners on in the 11th inning with the Dodgers trailing 2-1. He doubled down the right field line against Albert Suarez to score the tying and winning runs, a play that during the postseason manager Dave Roberts described as his favorite moment of the season.
Farmer has 46 days of major league service time, and two option years remaining.