Here are two videos from Barrett Barnes today from down in the Gulf Coast League, where he is on a rehab assignment, coming back from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since early April. The first video is Barnes lining a hit into right field, followed by a video of him drawing a walk. Both videos are courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page.
After playing six innings for the third time this week, including the second day in a row today, I asked Barnes about how he felt afterwards. What is was like for him to get back into game action after being out for three months. He summed up his day by saying.
"I feel pretty good. Things are coming back, the feel at the dish and in the outfield, even got to go second to home on a single and the leg felt great."
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.