Barrett Barnes Promoted to West Virginia

Barrett Barnes has been promoted to West Virginia.
Barrett Barnes has been promoted to West Virginia.

The Pirates have promoted Barrett Barnes to West Virginia. Barnes was previously in extended Spring Training getting extra at-bats and recovering from an oblique injury that he had at the end of Spring Training. The at-bats were meant to make up for the lost time from the end of camp, and get him ready for the season.

Barnes will make West Virginia an even more interesting offense to follow. Currently the best lineup looks like:

C – Wyatt Mathisen

1B – Stetson Allie

2B – Dilson Herrera

SS – Max Moroff

3B – Eric Wood

LF – Raul Fortunato

CF – Barrett Barnes

RF – Josh Bell

DH – Walker Gourley

To make room for Barnes, the Pirates sent Junior Sosa to Bradenton. There’s no corresponding move from Bradenton until Sosa arrives tomorrow.

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My question is this. With Stetson having an absolute cannon for an arm then why waste it at 1b? I’m sure he might not be that mobile but 3rd base or right field would be a good fit. Wasting that arm in a place where it will never be fully utilized seems to be a waste of a gift.


i thought he moved to 3rd base after the switch from pitching. On top of his arm, as I understand it, he is fairly athletic. Based on his athleticism and strong arm he should be able to handle RF or 3rd base.

DJ Carozza

He has a cannon arm but let’s not forget why he isn’t pitching anymore. He has no accuracy. I was at a Power game and he was on first and he fielded a ball to throw to second and threw it at least 10 feet wide of the bag into the outfield.

NorCal Buc

Junior Sosa goes to Bradenton, then someone goes up to Altuna, then someone goes up to Indy, the somebody hits the BIG PARK! WHO? WHO??

Lee Young

Good news!

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