Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Barrett Barnes has been promoted to the Bradenton Marauders. On Tuesday I wrote about how Barnes could possibly be moved up after coming off the disabled list. He hasn’t played above West Virginia, which is where he started the year before going down with a hamstring injury. Barnes is expected to play center field.
The promotion is a bit aggressive in the sense that Barnes has struggled at the plate in West Virginia when he’s been healthy. However, some of those struggles could be due to the fact that he hasn’t had consistent playing time, due to multiple hamstring injuries. He entered the year as one of our top 20 prospects, but dropped off the list due to the injury problems. Barnes still has a lot of upside, and is still in the top 30. If he stays healthy and hits well in Bradenton, he could revive his prospect status. He still has a lot of upside with the bat, and his ability to play well in center field adds a lot of prospect value if the hitting skills translate over to the field.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.