BRADENTON, Fla. - Barrett Barnes didn't just hit well over the second half of his 2016 campaign -- he absolutely crushed the ball for over two months. His .383 average and 1.057 OPS in July and August was enough to garner plenty of recognition, including winning our Player of the Month honor twice in a row, a feat that had yet to be accomplished in over four years of naming a minor league player of the month on Pirates Prospects.

The hitting began on June 14th of last summer for Barnes after an off day the day before. Up to that point, he was batting a mere .241 with a .659 OPS. He only had one home run and, very simply, did not look very good at the plate. Whatever the revelation that came over Barnes on that off-day worked wonders, as he finished the season on a tear, batting .351 wit...

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