Barrett Barnes Promoted to Bradenton

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Barrett Barnes has been promoted to the Bradenton Marauders. On Tuesday I wrote about how Barnes could possibly be moved up after coming off the disabled list. He hasn’t played above West Virginia, which is where he started the year before going down with a hamstring injury. Barnes is expected to play center field.

The promotion is a bit aggressive in the sense that Barnes has struggled at the plate in West Virginia when he’s been healthy. However, some of those struggles could be due to the fact that he hasn’t had consistent playing time, due to multiple hamstring injuries. He entered the year as one of our top 20 prospects, but dropped off the list due to the injury problems. Barnes still has a lot of upside, and is still in the top 30. If he stays healthy and hits well in Bradenton, he could revive his prospect status. He still has a lot of upside with the bat, and his ability to play well in center field adds a lot of prospect value if the hitting skills translate over to the field.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Lee Young

    5-1 he doesn’t make it thru the season.