James Kyle Farmer (born August 17, 1990) is a Major League Baseball shortstop and catcher for the Cincinnati Reds (MLB). He formerly played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Farmer made his big league debut on July 30, 2017.
Farmer graduated from the Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia, where he played baseball and football. Farmer played a high school quarterback in the famous Hollywood film The Blind Side (2009) while attending Marist.
On July 28, 2017, Farmer got called up to the major leagues for the first time. Farmer hit a walk-off two-run double off Albert Suárez of the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the 11th inning two days later, giving the Dodgers a 3–2 victory.
Farmer was traded to the Cincinnati Reds on December 21, 2018, along with Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Matt Kemp, and cash considerations, in exchange for Homer Bailey, Jeter Downs, and Josiah Gray.
In 97 games this year, Farmer batted.230 with 9 home runs and 27 RBIs. He hit.266 in 32 games the following season. Farmer was nontendered by the Reds on December 2, 2020, and resigned on a one-year contract.
Farmer had his first full season in 2021, hitting.263/.316/.416 with 16 home runs and 63 RBIs in 147 games. On Tuesday, Farmer agreed to a one-year, $3.155 million contract with the Reds to avoid arbitration.