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Portrait of Brian Barton

Brian Barton PHBraves

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
2 179 .268 .354 .392 .259 0.8
Birth Date4-25-1982
Height6' 3"
Weight190 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

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
2008 SLN 26 82 179 153 23 41 9 2 2 60 19 39 2 1 4 13 3 1 .268 .354 .392 .259 7.3 0.2 0.8
2009 ATL 27 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
Career8317915323419226019392141332.268.354.392.2597.30.20.8

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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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
2005 LKC A 35 160 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .472 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KIN A+ 64 273 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .354 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 KIN A+ 82 359 .321 .264 .347 .404 .262 .386 103 19.6 8.6 -2.3 2.5 1.7 25.1 2.7 25.1 2.7
2006 AKR AA 42 171 .333 .249 .320 .377 .257 .395 108 9.7 3.6 -0.5 0.3 -0.1 10.5 1.1 10.5 1.1
2007 AKR AA 106 461 .290 .266 .336 .407 .257 .399 103 14.2 12.8 -4.1 -0.2 -0.9 18.4 1.8 18.4 1.8
2007 BUF AAA 25 96 .222 .262 .327 .393 .257 .324 101 -4 2.8 0.1 -1.7 0.3 -1.8 -0.3 -1.8 -0.3
2008 SLN MLB 82 179 .259 .274 .346 .439 .274 .345 96 -0.2 5.2 -1 0.2 2.4 7.3 0.8 7.3 0.8
2008 MEM AAA 19 86 .264 .282 .352 .448 .268 .340 96 0.3 2.6 -0.6 -0.8 0.1 2.3 0.1 2.3 0.1
2009 ATL MLB 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 -0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 GWN AAA 114 426 .255 .266 .336 .399 .251 .346 106 -2.2 12.6 -3.4 4.0 -1.1 5.6 0.9 5.6 0.9
2009 MEM AAA 10 32 .118 .283 .362 .417 .294 .158 78 -4.9 0.9 -0.4 0.1 0.5 -3.9 -0.4 -3.9 -0.4
2011 LOU AAA 19 53 .191 .260 .325 .407 .256 .161 94 -4.3 1.6 -0.5 0.3 0.2 -3.5 -0.3 -3.5 -0.3

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
2005 KIN A+ 273 42 61 15 6 3 32 34 57 13 8 .274 .403 .435 .161 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LKC A 160 31 55 14 1 4 32 18 21 7 2 .414 .509 .624 .211 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 KIN A+ 359 56 91 16 3 13 57 39 83 26 3 .308 .414 .515 .207 .321 25.1 2.5 2.7
2006 AKR AA 171 32 53 5 0 6 26 13 26 15 5 .351 .420 .503 .152 .333 10.5 0.3 1.1
2007 AKR AA 461 56 122 18 2 9 59 41 99 20 9 .314 .415 .440 .126 .290 18.4 -0.2 1.8
2007 BUF AAA 96 9 23 3 0 1 7 7 18 1 1 .264 .333 .333 .069 .222 -1.8 -1.7 -0.3
2008 SLN MLB 179 23 41 9 2 2 13 19 39 3 1 .268 .354 .392 .124 .259 7.3 0.2 0.8
2008 MEM AAA 86 12 19 2 2 3 11 9 23 1 4 .260 .357 .466 .205 .264 2.3 -0.8 0.1
2009 ATL MLB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 MEM AAA 32 2 3 0 0 0 1 4 9 3 0 .107 .219 .107 .000 .118 -3.9 0.1 -0.4
2009 GWN AAA 426 47 98 17 4 7 46 45 101 17 7 .266 .355 .390 .125 .255 5.6 4.0 0.9
2011 LOU AAA 53 6 6 1 1 1 7 4 16 2 1 .128 .208 .255 .128 .191 -3.5 0.3 -0.3

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
2008 654 0.5122 0.5076 0.7108 0.7343 0.2696 0.7642 0.5581 0.2831
Career6540.51220.50760.71080.73430.26960.76420.55810.2831

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2008-08-25 2008-09-09 15-DL 15 11 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2008-07-06 2008-08-15 15-DL 40 35 Right Wrist Fracture Hairline -
2008-03-26 2008-03-26 Camp 0 0 Face Contusion HBP -
2007-10-12 2007-10-12 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Debridement 2007-10-12

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 SLN $390,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$390,000
1 yrTotal$390,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 2 d

Details
  • released by LAD 3/10 signed as a free agent from ATL 12/09 (minor-league contract)
  • optioned to Triple-A 6/5/09 recalled 6/3/09 acquired in trade from STL 4/20/09 re-signed 2/28/09, 1 year/$0.402M (09) ($0.234M min)
  • signed 3/4/08, 1 year/$0.39M (08)
  • Rule5-CLE 12/6/07
  • $0.1M signing bonus (+$0.1M college funds) amateur free agent 04

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 Outfielder Brian Barton got into one big-league game last year and was caught stealing, but he's one semester away from a degree in aerospace engineering, so he'll be fine.
2009 Snagged from Cleveland in the 2007 Rule 5 draft, Barton proved to be an inspired pick, serving as La Russa's top pinch-hitter. He could continue to succeed in that role and be one of the better fourth outfielders in the business, as he plays plus defense in both corners and can hold the fort in center. La Russa used him primarily against lefties, but Barton's OPS was exactly 745 against both righties and southpaws last year, echoing his nearly-even minor league splits.
2008 The Cardinals made Barton the best position player taken this winter's Rule 5 draft. Based on his age and skill set, the resulting big-league promotion should simply accelerate what should be a pretty nice career as a bench outfielder. Barton is among the smartest people in the game; he completed a degree in aerospace engineering at Miami, but turned down a high-paying job with Boeing to give this baseball thing a shot. There were some whispered concerns about Barton's makeup during the year, but they amounted to little more than an ugly reminder that, even more than half a century after Jackie Robinson, there remains a small segment of the baseball community that is unable to accept intelligent black players.
2007 Always more of an athlete than a baseball player, Barton hit .326/.424/.506 between Cleveland`s two A-level teams in 2005 . . . and a nation yawned. Last year, he kept hitting, and people began to take notice. He hit for average, he hit for power, he stole 41 bases at a better than 80 percent success rate, he drew walks, and he even proved to be capable in center field. What else do you want, a trip to Europe? The only real negative for Barton is his age--because he spent a full four years at the University of Miami, he`ll turn 25 a month into the 2007 season. Still, this is an undrafted college player who almost certainly is going to have some semblance of a big league career, and that`s a rare thing.
2006 A non-drafted free agent out of the University of Miami, Barton has excellent patience and decent pop, but acquired a poor defensive reputation in right field despite having decent foot speed. Even worse, his bat cooled significantly after a late-June promotion to Kinston, bad news for a player who will turn 24 in April.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
The BP Wayback Machine: Hatching CardinalsBryan Smith2013-08-23
The BP Wayback Machine: How the Indians Were BuiltKevin Goldstein2013-05-24
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: Staying Alive in the Independent LeaguesZachary Levine2013-04-23
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: They Were ExpendableChristina Kahrl2010-02-11
Prospectus Q&A: Best Q&A Quotes of 2009David Laurila2009-12-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Assorted East MovesChristina Kahrl2009-09-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL East RoundupChristina Kahrl2009-06-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction of the Day: The McLouth TradeChristina Kahrl2009-06-04
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL Central ShufflingChristina Kahrl2009-05-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Updates from the EastsChristina Kahrl2009-04-28
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Big-League Cuts and NRI MuttsChristina Kahrl2009-03-27
Prospectus Q&A: Brian BartonDavid Laurila2009-03-27
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Central ObsessionsChristina Kahrl2009-03-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: National League RoundupChristina Kahrl2008-09-20
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Thursday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-09-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL RoundupChristina Kahrl2008-09-06
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Getting ScorchyChristina Kahrl2008-08-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Inaction in ActionChristina Kahrl2008-07-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Golddiggers and Going For ItChristina Kahrl2008-07-23
This article requires BP Premium accessCan Of Corn: The 2008 CardinalsDayn Perry2008-05-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: Overwhelmingly Neutral, Like SwitzerlandJay Jaffe2008-05-02
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: To New Challenges and Old FriendsJohn Perrotto2008-04-27
The Week in Quotes: March 17-23Alex Carnevale2008-03-24
Prospectus Q&A: Jeff LuhnowDavid Laurila2008-03-09
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL Central NRI ReviewChristina Kahrl2008-03-02
This article requires BP Premium accessWait 'Til Next Year: Hatching CardinalsBryan Smith2007-12-18
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Rule Five WrapupKevin Goldstein2007-12-06
This article requires BP Premium accessWait 'Til Next Year: Practically Free PitchersBryan Smith2007-12-05
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Indians Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2007-11-11
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: How the Indians Were BuiltKevin Goldstein2007-10-16
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Positional Rankings - Corner OutfieldKevin Goldstein2007-08-22
This article requires BP Premium accessWait 'Til Next Year: Midseason AcquisitionsBryan Smith2007-06-19
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems, AL CentralKevin Goldstein2007-06-14
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems, AL CentralKevin Goldstein2007-04-18
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Double-A PreviewKevin Goldstein2007-04-06
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Center Field ProspectsNate Silver2007-03-15
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems, AL CentralKevin Goldstein2007-03-09
Future Shock: Top 100 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2007-02-21
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Cleveland Indians Top Ten ProspectsKevin Goldstein2007-01-16
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: AFL Preview, Part TwoKevin Goldstein2006-10-05
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: AL Central RoundupKevin Goldstein2006-05-23


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm surprised you didn't put Brian Barton on that well-read list. His mind is reportedly ... interesting. But how about the other extreme? I once read that the ideal athlete, for coachability purposes, has "slightly above average" intelligence. The reasoning is that the very bright ones may resist coaching because of their own ideas, and the dim ones never "get" what they're supposed to be taught. Does that fit your observations? Without naming names, have you ever dealt with players who left you thinking, "Man, how can somebody this dumb ever play major-league baseball?"
(Bill from New Mexico)
Barton is absolutely someone who belongs on such a list. This is a great example of: I wish more people sent in questions ahead of time so I could think about my answers rather than just respond off the top of my head.

Have I ever walked away thinking,"Man, how can somebody this dumb ever play major-league baseball?" I've walked away thinking someone isn't a MENSA cnadidate, but hell, being dumb might sometimes help you play baseball. Or even pretending that you're dumb. Dustin Pedroia might fit that category. He gives a lot of mundane non answers to questions and claims to pay zero attention to stats. Bullcrap. Dustin Pedroia knows every one of his numbers short of maybe VORP. (David Laurila)


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