Barnes with the Dodgers in 2017
|Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 15|
|Catcher / Second baseman|
Born: December 28, 1989|
|May 24, 2015, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2018 season)
|Runs batted in||55|
Austin Scott Barnes (born December 28, 1989) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Barnes made his MLB debut in 2015. In addition to catching, Barnes has also played as an infielder.
Barnes was born in Riverside, California and attended Riverside Polytechnic High School. He played college baseball at Arizona State University for the Arizona State Sun Devils from 2009 to 2011. Before his sophomore season in 2010 he moved from infield to catcher. During his career he played in 109 games and hit .308/.379/.429 with two home runs.
Barnes was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the eighth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft and made his professional debut that season for the Jamestown Jammers. From 2012 to 2014 he played for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Jupiter Hammerheads and Jacksonville Suns. He split time between catcher and second base.
Los Angeles Dodgers
On December 10, 2014, Barnes was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney, and Enrique Hernández, in exchange for Dan Haren, Dee Gordon, Miguel Rojas and cash. He was assigned to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers. On May 23, 2015, he was called up to the Major Leagues for the first time when Yasmani Grandal went on the 7-Day DL with a concussion. He made his MLB debut as the starting catcher for the Dodgers on May 24, 2015, and had one hit in three at-bats in his debut, with his first MLB hit being a single to center field off of Dale Thayer of the San Diego Padres. He returned to Oklahoma City after his short time on the Dodgers roster and was named as a starter on the Pacific Coast League team for the mid-season Triple-A All-Star. He was also named to the post-season PCL all-star team and Baseball America's Triple-A All-Star team. He rejoined the Dodgers in September He played in 20 games for the Dodgers with six hits in 29 at-bats (.207). In 81 games for the Oklahoma City team, he hit .315 with nine homers and 42 RBI.
Barnes appeared in 21 games for the Dodgers in 2016, hitting .156 and 85 games for Oklahoma City, hitting .295. He also appeared in two games in the 2016 National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, with one pinch hit appearance and one pinch run appearance.
Barnes made the Opening Day roster as the backup catcher in 2017. On June 30, 2017, Barnes recorded his first multi-homer game of his career (his first career grand slam and a three run home run) and recorded a career high seven RBIs against the San Diego Padres. He gradually saw more playing time, moving into a platoon role with Grandal for most of the season before taking over as the starter in the playoffs. During the regular season, he had a .289 batting average with eight home runs and 38 RBI in 102 games. In the 2017 NLDS he had four hits in eight at-bats with a home run and a double in the Dodgers three game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the 2017 NLCS, he had two hits in 15 at-bats and in the 2017 World Series, he had four hits in 23 at-bats.
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