Brandon Barnes does not get enough credit for what he did this year. In a year marred with inconsistency with player coming, going and just plain disappearing, the familiar no. 2 could always be found roaming around the outfield at Minute Maid Park.
Barnes may not have eye-popping numbers, hitting .240 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs, but it’s the dynamic play capability that will keep him an appealing option for the Houston Astros in 2014.
Barnes was a very, very solid defensive center fielder. He saved the game against the Detroit Tigers on a leaping play to rob Miguel Cabrera of a walk-off win, and his diving efforts made top plays time and time again. Not to mention the fact that he even hit for the cycle.
One thing is certain: there is no question what the Astros will get out of Barnes. They’ll get 100 percent effort all day, every day, and he’d give more if it was mathematically possible. Much like team mate Jose Altuve, Barnes is an energizer.
With George Springer and Robbie Grossman being the talk of the town and L.J. Hoes and J.D. Martinez throwing their names in the mix, Barnes will have plenty of guys to compete with. That plays into his favor. He is a natural born competitor, and having all these extra guys trying to take the spot that he feels is his will energize him to go above and beyond to make a case for his stay in Houston.
He was one of the most exciting players to watch for the Astros in a dead season, and for that reason alone, he will be back for a very exciting year of Astros baseball in 2014.