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Austin Barnes C Dodgers

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2016 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 26)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
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Birth Date12-28-1989
Height5' 10"
Weight195 lbs
Age26 years, 9 months, 0 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2012
2013
2014
0.22015
-0.12016
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2015 LAN 25 20 37 29 4 6 2 0 0 8 6 6 1 0 1 1 1 0 .207 .361 .276 .257 1.1 0.5 0.2
2016 LAN 26 18 34 29 3 5 1 0 0 6 5 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 .172 .294 .207 .204 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1
Career387158711300141115101310.190.329.241.2320.80.30.1

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2011 JAM A- 57 250 .272 .255 .329 .355 .000 .315 107 3.2 7.2 0.9 2.1 -3.1 8.2 1.1 8.2 1.1
2012 GRB A 123 566 .304 .259 .333 .386 .000 .343 108 27.3 16.7 0.5 6.6 -0.2 44.2 5.1 44.2 5.1
2013 JUP A+ 98 417 .272 .255 .323 .370 .000 .298 92 5.6 12.2 2.3 3.2 -0.1 20.0 2.3 20.0 2.3
2013 JAX AA 19 74 .346 .241 .314 .356 .000 .392 96 6.5 2.0 0.4 -1.6 -0.0 8.9 0.8 8.9 0.8
2014 JUP A+ 44 200 .285 .258 .317 .362 .000 .364 98 5.5 5.9 3.6 2.4 -3.3 11.6 1.4 11.6 1.4
2014 JAX AA 78 348 .332 .255 .332 .383 .000 .299 99 25.9 9.6 1.8 3.1 0.7 38.0 4.4 38.0 4.4
2015 LAN MLB 20 37 .257 .257 .320 .403 .000 .261 92 -0.1 1.0 0.4 0.5 -0.2 1.1 0.2 1.1 0.2
2015 OKL AAA 81 335 .333 .268 .331 .410 .000 .331 94 25.5 9.3 5.3 19.7 -1.5 38.6 5.9 38.6 5.9
2016 LAN MLB 18 34 .204 .246 .319 .411 .259 .250 92 -1.9 1.0 0.4 -0.2 0.3 -0.3 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1
2016 OKL AAA 85 385 .308 .269 .335 .413 .273 .335 97 19.5 10.8 4.7 16.7 3.3 38.3 5.7 38.3 5.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 JAM A- 250 33 63 13 0 1 19 25 22 6 1 .288 .369 .361 .073 .272 8.2 2.1 1.1
2012 GRB A 566 76 152 36 3 12 65 59 61 9 2 .318 .401 .481 .163 .304 44.2 6.6 5.1
2013 JAX AA 74 10 21 2 2 1 7 12 10 0 0 .339 .446 .484 .145 .346 8.9 -1.6 0.8
2013 JUP A+ 417 42 91 15 1 4 38 52 59 5 2 .260 .367 .343 .083 .272 20.0 3.2 2.3
2014 JUP A+ 200 24 57 11 2 1 14 19 25 3 3 .317 .385 .417 .100 .285 11.6 2.4 1.4
2014 JAX AA 348 56 84 20 2 12 43 50 36 8 0 .296 .406 .507 .211 .332 38.0 3.1 4.4
2015 OKL AAA 335 40 92 17 2 9 42 35 36 12 2 .315 .389 .479 .164 .333 38.6 19.7 5.9
2015 LAN MLB 37 4 6 2 0 0 1 6 6 1 0 .207 .361 .276 .069 .257 1.1 0.5 0.2
2016 OKL AAA 385 59 99 22 5 6 39 43 53 18 3 .295 .380 .443 .149 .308 38.3 16.7 5.7
2016 LAN MLB 34 3 5 1 0 0 2 5 9 0 0 .172 .294 .207 .034 .204 -0.3 -0.2 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2015 160 0.4563 0.4125 0.8333 0.5890 0.2644 0.9070 0.6957 0.1667 75 0.001980
2016 138 0.5000 0.4783 0.7121 0.7391 0.2174 0.7843 0.4667 0.2879 0 0.000000
Career2980.47650.4430.77720.65850.24260.85020.58970.222840.26850.0011

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 LAN $512,500
2015 LAN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2011Current$512,500
1 yrTotal$512,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 60 d1 year/$0.5125M (2016)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2016). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Contract selected by Miami 11/20/14. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Miami 12/10/14. Signed by LA Dodgers 3/15.
  • Drafted by Miami 2011 (9-283) (Arizona State). $95,000 signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .167 .375 .250 .250
11 vs R (Multi) .235 .350 .294 .263
18 Split (Multi) .069 -.025 .044 .013
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.012 -.023 -.032 -.018
30 vs L (2015) .167 .375 .250 .250
31 vs R (2015) .235 .350 .294 .263
38 Split (2015) .069 -.025 .044 .013
39 LgAvg (2015) -.009 -.021 -.026 -.016

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BP Articles

Austin Barnes is referenced in the following articles.

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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: The Barren Land of Fantasy BackstopsBen Carsley2016-09-15
Cold Takes: How The MarlinsPatrick Dubuque2016-08-30
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, August 1stChristopher Crawford2016-08-02
Transaction Analysis: Richer Get RichPatrick Dubuque2016-08-02
Transaction Analysis: Richer Get RichWilson Karaman2016-08-02
Transaction Analysis: Richer Get RichChristopher Crawford2016-08-02
Transaction Analysis: Richer Get RichCraig Goldstein2016-08-02
Transaction Analysis: Richer Get RichSam Miller2016-08-02
The GM Trade Game!: Trading Jonathan LucroyBP Staff2016-07-22
The GM Trade Game!: Trading Jonathan LucroySam Miller2016-07-22
Transaction Analysis: Escape From L.A.Brendan Gawlowski2016-06-06
Transaction Analysis: Escape From L.A.Bryan Grosnick2016-06-06
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 31stWilson Karaman2016-06-01
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTDGX Transactions: Hello NewmanGeorge Bissell2016-05-25
Expert FAAB Review: Week TwoMike Gianella2016-04-12
Winter Is Leaving: Miami MarlinsBryan Grosnick2016-03-16
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 CatchersBret Sayre2016-01-14
Get to Know: Catcher ProspectsBen Carsley2016-01-13
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Pelf On The ShelfR.J. Anderson2015-12-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Pelf On The ShelfWilson Karaman2015-12-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Pelf On The ShelfRian Watt2015-12-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Pelf On The ShelfChristopher Crawford2015-12-07
This article requires BP Premium accessRubbing Mud: The Contact PlayMatthew Trueblood2015-10-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Andrew Friedman's Search for the New ZorillaJ.J. Jansons2015-10-08
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: The Year In HangoversR.J. Anderson2015-10-05
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 17Keith Cromer2015-07-31
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 17Jeff Quinton2015-07-31
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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Help Me, Rusney, Help, Help Me, RusneyR.J. Anderson2015-05-26
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 14, 2015Jeff Moore2015-05-15
Prospect Feature: Your New Favorite Fringe ProspectsBrendan Gawlowski2015-05-05
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This article requires BP Premium accessLeague Preview Series: Pacific Coast LeagueCraig Goldstein2015-04-06
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-09-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Barnes had a nice year in AAA. What do you see his role next year and can he ever become a starting major league C?
(ColeWhittier from Pasadena, CA)
I grew up fascinated by the Tyler Houstons and Michael Barretts of the world—the catchers who could play other positions—so Barnes is in my wheelhouse and I find him more interesting than I should.

You're correct that Barnes had a good year—that's true whenever a catcher hits .315 with a roughly one-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio—but I'm not sure if he's ever going to be an everyday starting backstop. He's a little smaller than the typical catcher, and his tools aren't loud (even his defense is considered more good than great). Factor in who's ahead of him on that Dodgers depth chart, and I kinda want them to use him as a cheat code: plug him in on Sundays at catcher, then at second or third base once or twice throughout the week to get him his plate appearances.

I don't know what the Dodgers' actual plan is for Barnes, but I think that would be pretty cool—especially since the rest of their roster (Seager, Peraza) would allow them to roll without a traditional backup shortstop; if they trusted Barnes as their backup catcher that would, in theory, allow them two extra bench spots to do with as they pleased.

Basically, Barnes has the chance to become the next Ben Zobrist—which is to say, the player with special defensive flexibility whose name is cheapened by incessant half-brain comparisons. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Austin Barnes a starter in MLB? With the Dodgers? 2B/3B/C Super Sub?
(Phillip from Dallas)
I think super-sub is a more likely landing spot. Not sure he's a long-term catcher, but not sure the bat is good enough to play everyday at third base. A very intriguing bench piece though. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is Austin Barnes' likely position going forward? Or will he be a Zobrist type?
(Fred from Los Angeles)
Ben Zobrist "type" but don't go in expecting Ben Zobrist production. Versatility is the new black. (NL West Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Barnes has hit at every level with great K/BB rates. I know that he was a bit old for some levels but do you think he has a chance to be an average regular in the majors?
(Festivus313 from Pittsburgh)
Barnes is a favorite of mine, not because he's so good but because he does two things that I love in prospects. I love guys who walk more than they strike out and I love guys who offer positional versatility. He has just enough pop to be a big league bat, though not one who necessarily plays every day. But now that he's seeing time at 2B and 3B, he has become an incredibly valuable guy to a big league roster. He can definitely be a super-utility guy, and having a guy like that who can also catch is huge for a team. I'd want him on my roster/bench and I'd use him a lot. (Jeff Moore)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2011 asx 0 .000 0.0 1297 -.001 0.6 36 -.042 -.002 1.0 1.7 0.0
2012 afx 0 .000 0.0 764 -.002 0.5 29 -.003 -.003 0.1 0.6 0.0
2013 afa 0 .000 0.0 2501 -.004 3.0 61 .029 -.011 -0.8 2.2 0.0
2013 aax 636 -.011 -1.2 348 -.000 0.0 16 .029 .003 -0.3 -1.4 0.0
2014 aax 1819 .016 4.5 975 -.000 0.0 23 .028 -.001 -0.3 4.2 0.0
2014 afa 0 .000 0.0 1781 -.003 1.6 50 -.047 -.004 1.5 3.1 0.0
2015 mlb 574 .006 0.5 355 .000 -0.0 8 .025 -.000 -0.1 0.4 0.0
2015 aaa 5361 .025 20.7 3184 -.000 0.3 66 -.003 .000 0.1 21.2 0.0
2016 aaa 4461 .027 19.1 0 .000 0.0 46 .013 .000 -0.4 18.7 0.0
2016 mlb 328 .004 0.2 213 .000 -0.0 2 .017 -.001 -0.0 0.2 0.0

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