Kyle Farmer makes the cut
It was obvious the Dodgers were going to add Chase De Jong, and possibly Jacob Rhame to the 40 man roster yesterday but it seemed doubtful that Kyle Farmer would also make the list.
This was the press release from the Dodgers:
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contracts of right-handed pitcher Chase De Jong, catcher Kyle Farmer and right-handed pitcher Jacob Rhame, giving the club 40 players on its 40-man roster.
De Jong, 22, was selected as the Double-A Texas League Pitcher of the Year, honored by the league as a mid- and post-season All-Star and named by Baseball America as a Double-A Classification All-Star this year after combining to go 15-5 with a 2.82 ERA in 26 starts with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. He limited opponents to a .210 batting average with a 1.03 WHIP, while striking out 133 against just 40 walks in 147.0 combined innings. The Long Beach native was acquired by the Dodgers on July 2, 2015 in a trade with the Blue Jays and was originally selected by Toronto in the second round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Farmer, 26, earned an All-Star selection with Double-A Tulsa this year, hitting .256 with five home runs and 31 RBI in 74 games. The University of Georgia product has a .291 career batting average, while throwing out 35.2% of would-be basestealers (100/284) in four professional seasons after being selected by the Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2013 draft.
Rhame, 23, spent the 2016 campaign with Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 1-7 with seven saves, a 3.29 ERA and a .231 opponents’ batting average in 54 relief appearances. In 169 games during four professional seasons, Rhame has a 10-16 record with 27 saves, a 2.83 ERA, a .209 opponents’ batting average and a 1.10 WHIP after being selected by Los Angeles in the sixth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Grayson (TX) Junior College.
It seemed doubtful that any team would have picked Farmer in the upcoming Rule 5 draft but evidently the Dodgers felt it was not worth the risk to lose their minor league depth at the catching position.
Anyway, the news on Farmer gave me a chance to dig deep into my music catalog and bring out one of my old favorites, the Beat Farmers. A band that had three lead singers with Country Dick Montana putting out the Deep Baritone in songs like King of Sleaze.
In 1995, Montana suffered a heart attack and died while playing “The Girl I Almost Married” during a Beat Farmers show at the Longhorn Saloon in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The band disbanded shortly thereafter.