Farris was selected in the fourth round of the 2007 draft out of Loyola Marymount. He’s always been a favorite of the Brewers’ front office due to his solid defense and excellent baserunning skills. Farris has above average range and consistency in the field. He has a below average throwing arm that effectively limits him to second base. Farris can play shortstop (as well as third base, in theory), but his arm severely mitigates his value at those positions.
Farris is an instinctive base stealer with great success in the minor leagues, highlighted by 70 stolen bases in 76 chances back in 2009. He’s a plus base runner, but does not possess game-changing type speed in the realm of Carlos Gomez. If he played every day in the big leagues, he could steal between 20-30 bases at a high success rate.
What Farris brings to the table on defense and on the bases is mitigated by the fact that he’s not a terribly good hitter. He has a career 706 OPS in the minor leagues while never being young for his league. Now in his second year in Nashville, Farris has posted a 663 OPS in AAA, including a .309 on-base percentage. He’s a decent contact hitter and capable bunter, but doesn’t draw enough walks to make up for his lack of game power. He has a career isolated average (slugging less batting average) of less than 100. His MLE currently stands at .228/.261/.307.
Farris was added to the 40-man roster this past offseason.
It is unclear what Farris’ role will be with the Brewers. Milwaukee has tended to like to use veterans to fill temporary position player gaps. Craig Counsell and Josh Wilson are both adept at second base.
The Brewers were limited in their second base options in Nashville. Taylor Green can play second base passably and is a much better offensive threat than Farris, but he is not on the 40-man roster and there is some speculation that he’s on the list of players that could be traded to the Mets to complete the Francisco Rodriguez acquisition. If he is on that list, he can not be called up. Edwin Maysonet and Andy Gonzalez are also in AAA and capable of playing second base, but neither are on the 40-man roster and neither are viable offensive threats at the big league level.
Whether or not Farris sticks around on the big league roster until Weeks comes back in two to four weeks will probably be decided in the next few days. The Brewers were already on the lookout for infield help to shore up the hideous production they’ve gotten out of Casey McGehee and Yuniesky Betancourt this season. They now may look outside of the organization for second base help as well.