Chris Barnwell

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Chris Barnwell
Born: (1979-03-01) March 1, 1979 (age 39)
Jacksonville, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 20, 2006, for the Milwaukee Brewers
Last MLB appearance
July 25, 2006, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Batting average.067

Christopher Edward Barnwell (born March 1, 1979 in Jacksonville, Florida) is Canadian American former Major League Baseball infielder.


Chris was a collegiate standout at now-NCAA Div. II Flagler College in Florida from 1998–2001. He had his number "5" retired in 2007.[1] He is the first Flagler baseball player to reach the Major Leagues.[2] He is Flagler's career leader in at-bats, hits, singles, doubles, runs batted in, and assists.[3]

External images
Number Retirement Ceremony
Number Retirement Ceremony

Professional Baseball Career[edit]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

Barnwell was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 25th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball draft. He began the 2001 season at the Milwaukee Brewers' rookie league affiliate, the Ogden Raptors. He was awarded the Coaches Award in 2001. He started 2002 at their Single-A Beloit Snappers, and was promoted to their High-A High Desert Mavericks during the season. Barnwell played at the Brewers Double-A Huntsville Stars during 2003 and 2004, and the beginning of 2005. Early in the season, he was promoted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. He started the 2006 season in Nashville before being called up to Milwaukee to make his major league debut on June 20, 2006, becoming the first Flagler baseball player to reach the Major Leagues.[2] He played in thirteen games for the Brewers before returning to the Sounds. He spent the remainder of the 2006 season and the entire 2007 season at Nashville. He became a free agent after the 2007 season.

Florida Marlins[edit]

In January 2008, the Florida Marlins signed Barnwell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.[4] Chris was selected as a 2008 Triple-A Pacific Coast League All-Star.[5] He became a free agent at the end of the season.

Houston Astros[edit]

He signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros in December 2008. In April 2009, Barnwell was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

In April 2009, Barnwell was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates and reported to Triple-A Indianapolis.

International career[edit]

He was the starting shortstop and leadoff hitter for Team Canada at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. His father is Canadian making him eligible for the Canadian team. Team Canada lost both of their pool C and were eliminated early from the tournament.


  1. ^ Jordan, John (February 2, 2007). "Flagler rallies to win season opener, 6-5".
  2. ^ a b Jordan, John (June 20, 2006). "Flagler's Chris Barnwell gets the call to "The Show"".
  3. ^ "Flagler College Baseball Record Book" (PDF).
  4. ^ Jordan, John (January 7, 2008). "Barnwell signs as a free agent with the Marlins".
  5. ^ Jordan, John (July 14, 2008). "Former Flagler star selected to Triple-A All-Star Game".

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