Darwin Barney

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Darwin Barney
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Barney with the Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
Second baseman
Born: (1985-11-08) November 8, 1985 (age 28)
Portland, Oregon
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 12, 2010 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
(through June 15, 2014)
Batting average .242
Hits 432
Home runs 18
Runs batted in 143
Stolen bases 19
Career highlights and awards

Darwin James Kunane Barney (born November 8, 1985) is an American professional baseball second baseman in the Chicago Cubs organization.

High school[edit]

Barney playing for the Peoria Chiefs, Single-A affiliates of the Chicago Cubs, in 2007.

Barney graduated from Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon, where he led the school to its first baseball state championship in 2002.[1]


Barney attended Oregon State University and played for the Beavers for its back-to-back NCAA Division I Baseball Championships in 2006 and 2007,[2] and was named to the all-tournament team in 2007.[3]

He was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2005, and earned Freshman All-American honors.[2] In 2006, Barney was selected to Team USA by USA Baseball, where his team won the gold medal at the World University Baseball Championship.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Barney was drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the 127th overall pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.[4]

Minor Leagues[edit]

Barney fielding in St. Louis, 2014
Darwin Barney
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Competitor for  United States
World University Championship
Gold 2006 Havana Team

Barney spent 2007-2009 in the Chicago Cubs minor-league system. In 2009 he split time with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies and the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Throughout the 2009 season Barney posted a .293 batting average in 137 games. In January 2010, Barney was invited to the Cubs' training camp.[5] Barney opened the 2010 season with the Triple A Iowa Cubs.


On August 11, 2010 Barney was called up from Triple-A to play with the Cubs after they traded Mike Fontenot to the San Francisco Giants.[6] Barney split time at second base and played alongside fellow rookie Starlin Castro who was the team's starting shortstop. He went on to hit .241 in 30 games.

On January 31, 2011, Barney was honored as the presenter of the Johnny Carpenter Prep Athlete of the Year (5A/6A) award during the Oregon Sports Awards.

After a strong spring training, Barney eventually earned a spot on the Cubs opening day roster as the starting second baseman in 2011, beating out Jeff Baker and Blake DeWitt for the job.[7] After hitting .326 with 14 RBIs in his first month, he was named the National League Rookie of the Month for April.[8]

In 2012, Barney won a Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding second baseman in MLB.[9] Barney was also awarded the 2012 Gold Glove award for his play at second base, the first by a Cub second baseman since Ryne Sandberg's nine-year run from 1983-1991. During the season, he recorded only 2 errors at second base, and tied the MLB record for consecutive errorless games at second base with 141 games.


Barney started 2013 on the disabled list, and Brent Lillibridge was the Opening Day second baseman. After a rehab assignment in Iowa, he returned to Chicago on April 16, replacing Lillibridge, and became the starting second baseman. Barney went 10-48 (.208) in April with 1 HR and 3 RBI. He went 18-86 (.209) with 1 HR and 5 RBI. He went 27-106 (.255) with 2 HR and 10 RBI in June. He went 16-96 (.167) with 2 HR and 12 RBI in July. He went 21-89 (.236) with 1 HR and 8 RBI in August. He went 12-87 (.158) with 0 HR and 3 RBI in September to conclude a season lacking in offense. In 141 games in 2013, he hit .208 with 7 HR, 41 RBI, 49 runs and a .993 fielding percentage (4 errors). He was beaten out for the Gold Glove by Brandon Phillips.

Barney was designated for assignment on July 22, 2014.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Barney grew up speaking English with his Japanese grandfather and Korean grandmother.[11] He is of one-quarter Korean, one-quarter Japanese, and half Hawaiian descent.[12] Barney and his wife Lindsay have a three-year-old daughter named Hayden.[13]


  1. ^ Eggers, Kerry (May 18, 2004). "‘Little twerp’ grows into Southridge star". Portland Tribune. Retrieved July 16, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c "Darwin Barney". OSUBeavers.com. Retrieved June 21, 2006. [dead link]
  3. ^ "OSU in first and last Division I games of season". OregonLive.com. June 25, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2007. 
  4. ^ 2007 "MLB.com Draft Tracker". MLB.com. Retrieved June 21, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Non Roster Invitees". 
  6. ^ "Barney the latest rookie to join the Cubs". 
  7. ^ Sullivan, Paul (March 24, 2011). "Barney relegates DeWitt to Cubs' bench". Chicago Tribune. 
  8. ^ "Darwin Barney National League Rookie of the Month". Chicago Tribune. May 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ "The 2012 Awards". ACTA Sports. October 25, 2012. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ Rogers, Jesse (July 22, 2014). "Cubs 2B Darwin Barney designated". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "MLB/Cubs infielder Barney proud of his Asian roots". 
  12. ^ By Jeff Moeller / MLBPLAYERS.com. "Major League Baseball Players Association: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved December 18, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Cubs call up former OSU shortstop Darwin Barney". The Oregonian. August 11, 2010. 

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