Barrios is off to a good start in his US career.
In 2008, the Pittsburgh Pirates made a few minor splashes in the international market, spending $1 M between Exicardo Cayonez, Jodaneli Carvajal, and Yhonathan Barrios. Barrios, signed for $250 K out of Colombia, didn't get off to the best start in 2009 with the VSL Pirates. He hit for a .241/.309/.346 line. Yet his talent was enough for the Pirates to promote him to the US for the 2010 season. Unfortunately, Barrios suffered a hamate injury, and missed the entire season.
Barrios was signed as a shortstop, although he has a stocky build, at 5' 11", 179 pounds. That, plus the emergence of Alen Hanson, has led Barrios to play second and third base this year in the Gulf Coast League. Yhonathan has good bat speed, which could give hi...
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