Brandon Barnes (baseball)

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Brandon Barnes
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Barnes with the Houston Astros
Cleveland Indians
Born: (1986-05-15) May 15, 1986 (age 32)
Orange, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 7, 2012, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average .242
Home runs 19
Runs batted in 100
Career highlights and awards

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

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 for the 2018 season.

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