Daric William Barton
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 225 lb.
- High School Marina High School
- Debut September 10, 2007
Daric Barton hit .372 his senior year in high school, with 10 homers in 78 AB. He was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 2003 amateur draft, the first catcher and 28th player taken in the draft. He was signed by scout Dan Ontiveros and made his pro debut that summer. His rookie year, he hit .294/.420/.424 for the Johnson City Cardinals. His OBP was only 14 points behind Appalachian League leader Paul Frisella, but his 10 passed balls tied Danilo Reynoso for the league lead. Baseball America rated him as the #5 prospect in the circuit.
In 2004, Barton batted .313/.445/.511 for the Peoria Chiefs. He was third in the Midwest League in average, led the MWL in OBP and drew the most intentional walks (10). He made the league All-Star team at catcher. Despite concerns about his defense, he was rated in the third-best catching prospect in baseball by Baseball America and the #2 prospect in the MWL, behind only Brian Dopirak. On December 18, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics along with Dan Haren and Kiko Calero for Mark Mulder, a trade widely belittled by the mainstream media as being a death blow to the A's.
2005 was another fine year as the 19/20-year old hit .318/.438/.469 with the Stockton Ports and .316/.410/.491 for the Midland RockHounds. He was converted to first base this season. He played for the US in the Futures Game, going 0 for 1. Overall, Barton's 97 walks tied for fourth in the minors. Baseball America rated him as having the best strike-zone judgment in the California League. He was rated as the 6th-best prospect in the Cal League and #3 in the Texas League behind Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar.
In 2006, Barton struggled. He hit only .259/.389/.395 in 53 games for the Sacramento River Cats. He missed time due to a hyperextended elbow, elbow fracture and strained hamstring. He got back on track in 2007, hitting .293/.389/.438 with 38 doubles, 84 runs and 78 walks in 136 games for the title-winning Sacramento club. He tied Val Pascucci for 5th in the Pacific Coast League in OBP, tied Justin Leone for third in walks and was sixth in doubles. He made his long-anticipated major league debut on September 10, collecting 2 hits in 3 at bats against Seattle. He hit 8th and manned first base in that game. In his first MLB plate appearance, he walked against Horacio Ramirez.
Aside from a solid 2010 season, Barton has largely struggled at the major league level. On May 16, 2014, Barton was hitting .158/.234/.175 when the A's gave up on him and designated him for assignment.
- AL Bases on Balls Leader (2010)