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Austin Scott Barnes
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 185 lb.
- School Arizona State University
- High School Riverside Poly High School
- Debut May 24, 2015
Austin Barnes plays a rare combination of positions, with his time as a professional split between catcher and second base.
He was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 9th round of the 2011 amateur draft out of Arizona State University and made his professional debut that season with the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League. There, he hit .288/.369/.361 in 57 games with 1 homer and 19 RBIs splitting time between catcher and second base. In 2012, he was with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League and had an excellent season, hitting .318/.401/.481 in 123 games with 12 homers and 65 RBIs. He played mostly second base that year, but moved back behind the plate almost full time in 2013, a season he split between the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League and the Jacksonville Suns of the Southern League. He hit .260 with 4 homers and 38 RBIs in 98 games in the FSL, and .339 in 19 games in his first taste of AA ball, for a combined batting line of .272/.379/.364. He played for the same two teams in 2014, starting at Jupiter where he hit .317 in 44 games, and then getting a promotion to Jacksonville where in 78 games, he batted .296 with 12 homers and 43 RBIs. He was back splitting time between the infield and the backstop, getting to play third base in addition to second.
On December 10, 2014, Austin was included in a major trade that saw him head to the Los Angeles Dodgers alongside major leaguers Andrew Heaney, Chris Hatcher and Enrique Hernandez in return for Dee Gordon, Dan Haren and Miguel Rojas. He began the 2015 season with the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers. In 29 games, he hit .290 with 3 homers and 13 RBIs, playing exclusively at catcher, before getting the call to the Show in late May. He made his major league debut on May 24th, when he started a game at catcher against the San Diego Padres, going 1 for 3 in an 11-3 loss.
He is the nephew of Mike Gallego.
- AJ Cassavell: "Barnes growing in importance to Dodgers: Backup catcher played big role in NLDS sweep", mlb.com, October 10, 2017.