Barkett with the Boston Red Sox in 2018
|Boston Red Sox – No. 58|
Assistant hitting coach|
Former first baseman / outfielder
Born: September 5, 1974|
|May 28, 2001, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 24, 2001, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
Andrew Jon Barkett (born September 5, 1974) is an American professional baseball coach and manager and a former Major League (MLB) first baseman and outfielder who appeared in 17 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001. He is currently the assistant hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox.
Born in Miami, Barkett played college baseball for the NC State Wolfpack from 1992–95. As a player, he threw and batted left-handed and was listed as 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and 205 pounds (93 kg).
In 1995, Barkett made his professional debut with the Butte Copper Kings of the Pioneer League. In 45 games with Butte, Barkett had a .333 average, 5 home runs and 51 runs batted in. He was acquired by the Texas Rangers on August 10. Barkett finished the season with the Charleston River Dogs of the South Atlantic League, a Single–A affiliate of the Rangers. He batted .218 over 21 games with Charleston, driving in 12 runs.
But he remained in the Ranger organization for the next four full seasons and twice batted over .300 at the Triple-A level before drawing his release in May 2000. After a brief stint in the Atlanta Braves' system, the Pirates signed Barkett as a free agent in January 2001, setting the stage for his MLB trial. Appearing in 17 games (and starting 11 as a left fielder or first baseman) between May 28 and June 24, Barkett collected 14 hits, hitting .304 with three runs batted in. His hits included two doubles and one home run, struck off Joe Mays of the Minnesota Twins in an inter-league contest at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on June 9. But he returned to Triple-A for the balance of 2001 and spent the remainder of his playing career in the minor leagues in the Seattle Mariners', Detroit Tigers' and Braves' organizations, retiring in 2005 after 11 seasons in pro baseball.
Barkett became a manager in the Tigers' minor league organization in 2007, helming the Short-Season Class A Oneonta Tigers of the New York–Penn League; then, from 2008–10, he managed the Class A-Advanced Lakeland Tigers of the Florida State League. On December 14, 2010, it was announced that Barkett would manage the Double-A Jacksonville Suns in the Florida Marlins' organization. After holding the Jacksonville post for four seasons (2011–14), he became the Marlins' assistant minor league hitting coordinator in 2015.
Barnett returned for two seasons to the Pirates' organization, as assistant minor league hitting coordinator (2016) and then as manager of the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians (2017), whom he led to a 79–63 record and first place in the International League's West Division. The Indians fell to the Durham Bulls in the first round of the playoffs, three games to one. His nine-season managerial record, through 2017, is 610–569 (.517).
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