Tucker Barnhart

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Tucker Barnhart
Cincinnati Reds – No. 16
Catcher
Born: (1991-01-07) January 7, 1991 (age 23)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 3, 2014 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
(through April 6, 2014)
Batting average .214
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 1
Teams

Tucker J. Barnhart (born January 7, 1991) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball.

Career[edit]

Barnhart attended Brownsburg High School in Brownsburg, Indiana, and played for the school's baseball team. He committed to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology on a baseball scholarship, to play for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. In his senior year at Brownsburg, he was named "Mr. Baseball" for the state of Indiana.[1][2]

Heading into the 2009 MLB Draft, Baseball America rated Barnhart as the best available player from Indiana.[3] Due to his commitment to Georgia Tech, he fell to the tenth round, when he was chosen by the Cincinnati Reds with the 299th overall selection.[1][4] Barnhart opted to sign with the Reds, rather than enroll at Georgia Tech.[1]

In 2010, he played for the Billings Mustangs of the Rookie-level Pioneer League. In 2011, he played for the Dayton Dragons of the Class A Midwest League.[1] He spent the 2012 season with the Bakersfield Blaze of the Class A-Advanced California League and Pensacola Blue Wahoos of the Class AA Southern League. He played for Pensacola in 2013, and was named a Southern League All-Star.[5]

Barnhart was added to the Reds 40-man roster on November 20, 2013.[6] With Devin Mesoraco beginning the 2014 season on the disabled list, Barnhart made the Reds' 2014 Opening Day roster, as a backup to Brayan Peña.[7][8] Barnhart made his major league debut on April 3.[9] He was optioned to the Louisville Bats of the Class AAA International League on April 7, when Mesoraco was activated.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Barnhart is a childhood friend of Gordon Hayward and Drew Storen.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Reds see promise in 5-foot-8 Dragons catcher". www.springfieldnewssun.com. May 16, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Times of Noblesville, IN | Brownsburg catcher Tucker Barnhart is this year's Mr. Baseball". Thetimes24-7.com. July 14, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Even as a little kid, Brownsburg (Ind.) catcher Tucker Barnhart was happy to do whatever might help him become a big leaguer. Now the state's best player is closer than ever to fulfilling his dreams. - ESPN". Espn.go.com. June 29, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Dorsey, Patrick (August 1, 2009). "LOCAL0503 | Indianapolis Star". indystar.com. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Burke, Kevin (January 2, 2013). "Three Blue Wahoos Named Southern League All-Stars | Pensacola Blue Wahoos News". Milb.com. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Reds add four, reach limit on 40-man roster". Cincinnati.reds.mlb.com. November 20, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Schmetzer, Mark (March 29, 2014). "Bell, Bernadina, Barnhart, Soto to break with Reds". MLB.com. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Brownsburg's Tucker Barnhart elated to be playing for Reds". Indystar.com. March 31, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ 6:14 p.m. EDT April 2, 2014 (April 2, 2014). "Tucker Barnhart scheduled to debut Thursday". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Reds activate Mesoraco, demote Barnhart". chicagotribune.com. Sports Network. April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 

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