James Kyle Farmer...Instagram: @kFarm17...Instagram: kyle_farmer…wife, Courtney, and son, McCoy (born Sept. 2021)…attended Marist High School in Atlanta, where he played baseball and football...at the University of Georgia appeared in 212 games, including 211 starts at shortstop, and hit .308 with 63 doubles, seven triples, 18 home runs, 168 RBI and 11 stolen bases...established the career record for fielding percentage by a Georgia shortstop (.968 in 1,045 total chances) and the single-season record for fielding percentage by a Bulldog shortstop (.978 in 2013)…ranks among Georgia's all-time leaders in games played, total bases, at-bats, hits, doubles and RBI...as a junior and senior at UGA was named to the Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll...in the hit movie The Blind Side made a cameo appearance as a high school quarterback...for the Reds, wore uniform #52 in 2019 and 2020, then switched to #17 after he was re-signed as a free agent prior to the 2021 season...favorite thing to do in the offseason is hunt and fish...most influential person in his life is his father...favorite sport other than baseball is football (UGA Bulldog football)…his best friend from another team is pitcher Alex Wood...favorite vacation destination is the Bahamas...favorite opposing ballpark to play in is Wrigley Field...go-to karaoke song is Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi...favorite TV show is Entourage...go-to pre-game meal is PB&J...participated in 2023 TwinsFest at Target Field in Jan.
Was Cincinnati's Opening Day shortstop on April 7 at Atlanta, batting eighth and going 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI...became sixth consecutive different player to start at shortstop for the Reds on Opening Day (Zack Cozart 2017, José Peraza 2018, José Iglesias 2019, Freddy Galvis 2020, Eugenio Suárez 2021, Farmer 2022)....Tied major league record with four doubles on April 27 vs. San Diego...marked his first career four-hit game...collected four hits two more times: May 26 vs. Chicago-NL and June 11 at St. Louis....In the seventh inning of the 10-5 win on May 9 vs. Milwaukee, snapped a team- and career-high 0-for-34 skid (April 28-May 9) with a three-run homer off Hoby Milner...was the longest hitless skid by a Reds batter since Bobby Adams went 0-for-34 in 1954....From May 23-25 missed three games following treatment on his sore back...returned to the lineup in the 20-5 win on May 26 vs. Chicago-NL and went 4-for-4 with two homers, five RBI and a sacrifice bunt...was the first multi-homer game of his career...tied career-highs with four hits and five RBI...became the first player in baseball with two home runs and a sacrifice bunt in a game since Francisco Lindor did it on July 2, 2018 at Kansas City....Reached base safely in career-long 19 consecutive games from May 7-June 4, hitting .338 (22-for-65) with four doubles, five home runs, 20 RBI and a .405 on-base percentage in that span....Hit .322 (28-for-87) with 14 RBI and an .802 OPS in 24 June games....After the promotion of shortstop Jose Barrero on Aug. 3, made 35 of his 54 starts at third base, 10 starts at shortstop and the other nine starts at designated hitter...Recorded multiple hits in four-straight games, tying a career-long (also 2021) from Aug. 13-16...Was one of only two players to spend the entire season on the Reds' active roster without a stint on an injured list (RHP Hunter Strickland)…Was the Reds' recipient of the MLBPAA's Heart & Hustle Award...Led the team in games (145), multi-hit games (36), four-hit games (3), hits (134), doubles (25), total bases (203), RBI (78) and starts at SS (97)…Led club in hits with runners in scoring position (37) and hit .308 (37-for-12) in such instances...Set career-highs in hits (134), doubles (25), total bases (203), RBI (78) and walks (33)…tied his career high in extra-base hits (40)…Led the team in starts at SS (97 starts), ranked second in starts at third base (35 starts) and made 10 appearances at designated hitter in his first career starts at that position...Hit .309 (43-for-139) with a .948 OPS against left-handed pitching, compared to .235 (91-for-387) with a .611 OPS vs. right-handers...Received the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' Most Valuable Player and the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award from the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Established single-season franchise records for fewest errors (5) and highest fielding average (.988) by a shortstop...Reds Hall of Famer Dave Concepcion (1984) and José Iglesias (2019) shared the single-season club record for fewest errors in a season at that position with nine, while Concepcion held the mark for highest fielding average in a season by a shortstop (.986, 1977)...Received votes for the National League Player of the Month Award for July after leading the Major Leagues in hitting while ranking fourth in the majors in on-base percentage (.395ba, .456obp, 7 2b, 1 3b, 5hr, 9rbi, .691slg, 1.147ops)...By Aug. 1 already had established new career highs with 13 doubles, 10 HR and 34 RBI...finished the season with 22 doubles, 16 HR and 63 RBI...After the All-Star break hit .306 as the Reds battled for a Postseason berth (74-242, 15 2b, 2 3b, 9hr, 35rbi .840ops)...ranked among the National League's second-half leaders in hitting (12th) and hits (15th)...Was hit by a pitch 18 times, tied for second in the National League behind leader Jonathan India (23)...Shin-Soo Choo holds the Reds' single-season record for number of times hit by a pitch (26, 2013)...Led the team with 115 starts at SS, including each of his last 105 starts following consecutive starts at 1B on 5/16 at Col and 5/17 vs SF...Also started at 2B (3gs, last on 5/1 vs Cubs), 3B (8gs, last on 4/26 at LAD) and 1B (2gs, 5/16 at Col & 5/17 vs SF)...made all eight of his starts at 3B from 4/16-4/26 while Mike Moustakas was sidelined with an illness unrelated to COVID-19...Made at least one start in every spot in the batting order except ninth, with a high of 41 starts batting eighth...In the 11-inning, 8-6 loss on 8/11 at Atl made the only start of his career batting leadoff...n 6 consecutive games from 7/29-8/4 hit third in the lineup, his first career starts batting at that position in the order (9-27, .333, 2 2b, 1 3b, 1hr, 4rbi, .357obp, .593slg)...Nick Castellanos returned to that third spot on 8/5, when he came off the injured list...Hit safely in 12 of his 15 apps, including six multi-hit games, after he came off the paternity list on 9/13 (19-5 7, .333, 4 2b, 3hr, 10rbi, .377obp, .561slg, .938ops)...Kyle and Courtney celebrated the birth of son McCoy James, who shares a birthday with Joey Votto (9/10)...Made his last appearance of the season in the 6-1 loss on 9/29 at WSox...was his second start of the season and of his career batting cleanup (also, 8/16 vs Cubs, 14-5 win)...Missed the last three games of the season with left abdominal muscle soreness, an injury that bothered him all season...On 5/7 at Cle was the starting shortstop in Wade Miley's no-hitter...assisted in the first (Cesar Hernandez, 6-3) and final outs (Jordan Luplow, 6-3) of the historic 3-0 win...In the 11th inning of the 12-inning, 6-5 win on 5/15 at Coors Field hit a 2-run HR off Ben Bowden that snapped the 2-2 tie...was the first extra-inning home run of his career...In the 2-1 win on 5/25 at Wsh, his third-inning home run off Max Scherzer gave the Reds a 1-0 lead...was the first home run of his career on the first pitch of a plate appearance...In the 11-1 win on 5/31 vs Phi fell a triple shy of the cycle, tying his career high with three hits, and produced a career-high five RBI...entered the game 0-for-16, the longest hitless stretch of his career...In the fourth inning on 9/21 vs Pit singled off Mitch Keller for the 200th hit of his career...In the sixth inning of the 9-2 win on 9/26 vs Wsh hit his first career grand slam (off Ryne Harper), extending the Reds' lead to 7-1.
In his second season with the Reds made 32 apps and 19 starts (10g at SS, 8gs at 2B, 1gs at 3B)...Overall made one appearance at 1B, 13 apps at 2B, two apps at 3B, 15 apps at SS and the only two outfield apps of his amateur or professional career (LF, 9/4/g2 at Pit & 9/26 at Min)... In the bottom of the eighth inning of the 3-2 loss on 8/25 at Mil, after Joey Votto was ejected made his only appearance of the season and 21st of his career at 1B... Did not make an appearance at catcher...in 2019, made 15 apps and nine starts at that position... In his last 25 apps of the regular season hit .300 (15-50, 3 2b, 4rbi, 1sb, .364), raising his batting average from .143 and including three two-hit games & a season-high three-hit game on 8/22 at StL... Following the positive COVID-19 test of a teammate on 8/14, was deemed by contact tracing a "higher risk" and was unable to travel on the team plane...traveled separate from his teammates to KC, StL and Mil... Started at SS in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series at ATL...the 1-0 loss in 13 innings was the longest 1-0 game in Postseason history... On 12/2 was non-tendered, but the next day was signed to a 1-year Major League contract through the 2021 season.
In his first season with the Reds made 97 apps and 35 starts...Played 1B (18g, 6gs), 2B (41g, 14gs), 3B (12g, 6gs), SS (1g), C (15g, 9gs) and P (1g)...In his Major League career has played 1B (20g, 7gs), 2B (41g, 14gs), 3B (38g, 20gs), SS (1g, 9/25/19 vs Mil, 9th inning), C (19g, 9gs) and P (1g, 8/8/19 vs Cubs)...Reds pitchers went 2-7 in his starts behind the plate and posted a 6.83 ERA when he caught...threw out 1-7 runners attempting to steal (14%)...Led Reds pinch hitters in at bats, hits and doubles and tied Phillip Ervin for the team lead in pinch-hit RBI (10-37, .270, 3 2b, 1hr, 6rbi)...hit his only career pinch-hit HR on 5/5 vs SF (solo off Will Smith)...From 7/18-7/27 missed 9 games while on the concussion list and from 9/4-9/17 missed 12 games while on the injured list with a left oblique injury...Had 9 HR and 27 RBI...were the first home runs of his career...entered the season with 11 career RBI in 59 apps...In the 12-5 loss on 8/8 vs Cubs started at C, moved to 2B in the seventh inning and then with 2 outs in the eighth made his only Major League pitching appearance...retired 4 of the 5 batters (1.1ip, 1h)...retired Jason Heyward on a groundout to end the eighth inning and strand 2 inherited runners, then threw a scoreless ninth...became the first Reds player to pitch and catch in the same game since Dee Moore in 1936...2 days earlier, on 8/6, Taylor Davis of Cubs did it vs Oak...In the 10-inning, 6-5 loss on 4/6 at Pit made his first start, played 3B and hit his first career HR, a 2-run shot off Trevor Williams that snapped a 30-inning scoreless streak by Reds batters (their longest since August 2015, also 30 innings)...Homered in consecutive apps on 5/3 and 5/5 vs SF, including his first career pinch-hit HR on 5/5 (9th inning, solo off Will Smith)...On 3/22 was reassigned to minor league camp but, following the right groin injury to 2B Scooter Gennett in that afternoon's game at Mil, returned to Major League camp the next day and spent the entire regular season on the Reds' roster.
Spent most of the season at Class AAA Oklahoma City, where he produced 32 extra-base hits in just 79 games, but also made 39 apps during 3 stints with the National League champion Dodgers...made his first Major League Opening Day roster and made 30 apps for the Dodgers before he was optioned to Oklahoma City on 5/13...made 2 more apps for LAD during a second stint from 6/15-6/19, then appeared in 7 additional games as a September callup...for LAD played primarily 3B (26g, 14gs) but also made 4 apps behind the plate and 2 apps/1 start at 1B.
Saw his first big league action and appeared in 20 games for Los Angeles hitting .300 (6-for-20) with a double and two RBI...made three different stints with the Dodgers...Recalled on July 28 for his first stint with Los Angeles and made his Major League debut on July 30 against the Giants and in his first big league at-bat, drove in the game-winning run with a pinch-hit, two-run double in the 11th inning off of Albert Suárez for his first career hit...became the first Dodger player in franchise history to earn a walk-off RBI in his first career plate appearance and according to Elias Sports Bureau, became the first player in 22 years to supply a walk-off RBI in his first Major League plate appearance, joining Tomas Perez who accomplished the feat with Blue Jays on May 3, 1995...according to Stats LLC., also became the first Dodger since Darren Dreifort to record a walk-off hit for his first career hit on May 27, 1994 vs. PIT (RBI single) and the first position player since Greg Brock, who recorded an RBI single on Sept. 5, 1982 vs. PIT, to accomplish the feat...Appeared in five postseason games and drove in a run in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs...Appeared in a combined 92 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa, posting a .317/.375/.476 slashline with 23 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 56 RBI...saw majority of action at catcher (51 games), but also appeared at third base (29 games), second base (six games), first base (six games) and shortstop (two games)...Selected as Texas League Player of the Week for the week ending May 14.
Appeared in a combined 78 games with Double-A Tulsa and Rookie-level AZL Dodgers, hitting .258 with 18 doubles, two triples, seven homers and 35 RBI...Spent majority of the season with Tulsa and was selected to the Texas League Mid-Season All-Star as he hit .296 with 11 doubles, two triple, three homer and 18 RBI along with a .342 on-base percentage in the first 39 games of the season...Hit a combined .309 (21-for-68) with six doubles, three home run and 29 RBI with runners in scoring position.
Selected to play in the MLB All-Star Futures Game and as a Single-A California League All-Star, combining to hit .296 in 120 games with Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa...Tied for ninth among all full-season minor leaguers with 40 doubles...also had seven triples, three homers and 66 RBI...Chosen by MiLB.com as a Dodgers Organization All-Star...Following the season, played for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League, where he posted .293/.323/.517 slashline with seven doubles, two homers and 13 RBI.
Split time between Single-A Great Lakes and Single-A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga, combined to hit .284 with 21 doubles, five triples, two homers and 50 RBI in 93 games...Honored as a 2014 Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star, after posting a .310/.357/.441 slashline with 16 doubles, four triples, two homers, 35 RBI and nine stolen bases with the Loons.
Selected as the MiLB.com Organizational All-Star, posting a .347 (58-for-167)/.386/.533 slashline with 19 doubles, four homers and 36 RBI in 41 games with Rookie-advanced Ogden in his first year of professional ball.