This afternoon the Cincinnati Reds called up infielder Jose Barrero from the taxi squad and placed Kyle Farmer on the 3-day paternity list (congratulations to the Farmer family!).
For Jose Barrero it means that he’ll be playing in his first game in nearly a week. He’s been traveling with the team on the road trip as a part of the taxi squad as the team has been anticipating Farmer’s brief absence. David Bell put him directly into the lineup – though that is no surprise given that there really isn’t another option at shortstop on the team. He will be hitting 7th in the lineup tonight as the team takes on the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Barrero has been in Triple-A for his last 45 games in the minors and has hit .306/.392/.594 with 10 doubles, 13 home runs, and 8 steal. He also spent 40 games in Double-A to begin the season and hit .300/.367/.481 there with 9 doubles, a triple, 6 home runs, and also had 8 steals there. Between the two spots he’s got an OPS of .919 with 19 home runs in 85 games played.
As we wrote about on Thursday, it’s time to put Barrero into the every day lineup. An offense that has largely struggled to score of late needs something something to get it going. Kyle Farmer has struggled to hit all year with the exception of July. He had a .592 OPS entering July and since August 1st he’s got a .614 OPS. He just happened to also hit like Barry Bonds in July.
It’s not going to be a cure all for the offense. And it might not even be a cure-anything if it only lasts for as long as Farmer is on the paternity list and he’s back at shortstop every day beginning Tuesday when he returns. But hey, at least the organization’s top prospect who has been killing the ball all season long will finally get back-to-back starts in the big leagues for the first time this season and actually be given a chance to show something – even if it may just be short lived.