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Anthony Lee Barnette

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[edit] Biographical Information

Tony Barnette was 39-27 in his first four minor league seasons then jumped to Japan for 2010.

[edit] 2003-2006: College

Barnette was 5-0 with 2 saves and a 1.66 ERA as a junior college freshman, then had a 7-1, 11 save, 2.16 record as a sophomore. Transferring to powerhouse Arizona State University, he struggled as a junior, going 4-1 with two saves and a 7.02 ERA in 29 games. As a senior, he went 6-1 with a team-high 70 K. The Arizona Diamondbacks took him in the 10th round of the 2006 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Steve Kmetko and made his pro debut that summer.

[edit] 2006-2009: Minors

In his professional debut, Tony went 6-4 with a 3.89 ERA for the Missoula Osprey, fanning 74 in 76 1/3 IP. He tied five other hurlers for the Pioneer League lead in wins and was third in the loop in Ks.

In 2007, Barnette posted a 8-8, 3.60 record for the South Bend Silver Hawks and had a save in his lone relief appearance. He walked only 28 in 160 innings. He led the South Atlantic League in innings pitched and just mised the top 10 in ERA.

The Alaska native had a good 2008 with the Mobile Bay Bears, going 11-7 with a 3.87 ERA and 133 K in 153 2/3 IP. He tied Todd Redmond for the Southern League lead in strikeouts, was second to Redmond in wins and was 9th in the SL in ERA.

Barnette made it to AAA at age 25 with the Reno Aces. He went 14-8 but with a 5.79 ERA. He led the 2009 Pacific Coast League in wins and was second in innings (164 2/3), was second in earned runs allowed (106, 1 behind leader Mitch Atkins) and was 5th with 121 strikeouts.

[edit] Japan

Barnette signed with the Yakult Swallows in January 2010, for 50 million yen plus incentives. He debuted on April 2 with a strong outing, tossing 7 shutout innings of 3-hit ball with 11 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over the Yokohama BayStars and Hayato Terahara.

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