Sep 16, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder B. Barnes (1) reacts after striking out against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Barnes is done for the year
According to MLB.com, according to Walt Weiss, Brandon Barnes is done for the rest of the year after straining his hamstring earlier this week against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Barnes will finish his season slashing .251/.314/.341 with 13 doubles and two home runs in 281 plate appearances. As a fifth outfielder, who can play all three positions with some speed and decent defense — and a guy who Weiss apparently loves in the clubhouse — Barnes did well enough for the Rockies this year, especially considering who was playing every day in front of him.
That being said… between Corey Dickerson, Carlos Gonzalez, and Charlie Blackmon in front of him, and David Dahl, Jordan Patterson and Raimel Tapia coming very quickly behind, there’s certainly not a long-term spot for Barnes in Denver, especially since he has yet to prove he can consistently hit well enough at the big league level.
Might he get another year or two working as a fifth outfielder? Absolutely. Can he play a long time in the Major Leagues as a fast, tough fifth outfielder? In the words of Sarah Palin, you betcha. But his window for significant at bats — barring injury from starters — probably is closing pretty quickly, and his future with the Rockies may be limited to another season, if that.
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