Brandon Barnes (baseball)

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Brandon Barnes
Brandon Barnes (Houston Astros).JPG
Barnes with the Houston Astros
Free agent
Born: (1986-05-15) May 15, 1986 (age 33)
Orange, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 7, 2012, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.242
Home runs20
Runs batted in102
Career highlights and awards

Brandon Michael Barnes (born May 15, 1986) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies and Cleveland Indians.

Amateur career[edit]

Born in Orange, California, Barnes attended Katella High School in Anaheim, California, where he was a standout in baseball and football. Growing up, Barnes played travel baseball with Minnesota Twins starting pitcher, Phil Hughes, and the pair also played against Mark Trumbo. A talented free safety in football, Barnes did not even play baseball during his senior year at Katella High, and signed a letter of intent to play football at UCLA, but withdrew after a coaching change.[1] Barnes attended Cypress College, a junior college in Cypress, California, where he returned to playing baseball. Despite Cypress being NJCAA, several MLB players have competed for the school's program, including Trevor Hoffman, Ben Francisco, Jason Vargas, and Gerald Laird. Barnes left Cypress to play professional baseball after only one season.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Houston Astros[edit]

Barnes was called up to the majors for the first time on August 7, 2012.[3] On May 27, 2013, Barnes hit the Astros first walk off hit of the season. He hit a ground rule double to deep right field, scoring Ronny Cedeno, as the Astros beat the Colorado Rockies 3 to 2.[4] On July 19, 2013, Barnes hit for the cycle. He also has an inside the park home run.

Colorado Rockies[edit]

On December 3, 2013, Barnes was traded to the Colorado Rockies with pitcher Jordan Lyles for outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later.[5] On June 14, 2014, he struck a two-out, two-run inside the park home run off the San Francisco Giants Sergio Romo to lead the Rockies to a 5-4 victory.[6] On July 25, 2016, Barnes was designated for assignment.[7] In three years in Denver, Barnes batted .249/.295/.376 with 10 home runs in 703 plate appearances. He was released on September 12, 2016.

Miami Marlins[edit]

Barnes with the New Orleans Baby Cakes in 2017

On December 16, 2016, Barnes signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.[8] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On November 30, 2017, Barnes signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.[9] He was assigned to AAA Columbus Clippers to begin he 2018 season.

The Indians purchased Barnes's contract on September 4, 2018. Barnes was outrighted to the minors on November 1, 2018; Barnes rejected the outright assignment, electing free agency instead. Barnes re-signed with the Indians on December 22, 2018, signing a minor league deal with an invitation to the Indians' 2019 major league spring training camp.[10]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

On August 2, 2019, Barnes was traded to the Minnesota Twins.[11] He became a free agent following the 2019 season.[12]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^
  3. ^ Astros call up Brandon Barnes for major league debut
  4. ^ Brandon Barnes hits walk off double
  5. ^ Rockies acquire RHP Jordan Lyles and OF Brandon Barnes from Houston in exchange for OF Dexter Fowler
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  7. ^ "Rockies' Brandon Barnes Officially Designated for Assignment". July 25, 2016. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  8. ^ Todd, Jeff (December 16, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 12/16/16". Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  9. ^ "Indians extend three non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp". November 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "Indians invite two more to Spring Training". December 22, 2018.
  11. ^ Joe Noga (August 2, 2019). "Cleveland Indians trade Brandon Barnes, release Trayce Thompson and Neil Ramirez from minor-league system". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Matt Eddy (November 7, 2019). "Minor League Free Agents 2019". Baseball America. Retrieved November 7, 2019.

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Preceded by
Mike Trout
Hitting for the cycle
July 19, 2013
Succeeded by
Alex Ríos