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1 Brandon Barnes RF
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 5/15/1986 | Birthplace: Orange, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Colorado | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $491,700 | Owned/Started%: 1/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rockies' Charlie Blackmon, Troy Tulowitzki out of lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki are out of the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.

Blackmon will get a break after starting 12 straight games, and Brandon Barnes will man both center field and the leadoff spot in the lineup. Tulowitzki is sitting for the second time in three games and will be replaced by Daniel Descalso, who's batting eighth.

The Rockies are underdogs (+132) on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Gonzalez, LeMahieu and Rosario have days off for Rockies


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) After playing both games of Saturday's doubleheader, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is getting the day off on Sunday against the Giants. 

Brandon Barnes will fill in for Gonzalez and bat sixth. 

Infielder DJ LeMahieu is also getting the day off. Daniel Descalso will play second base instead. Ben Paulsen is filling in for Wilin Rosario, who also has the day off. 


Rockies OF Brandon Barnes has four-hit game in win on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes had a big day in the team's 7-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday. Barnes, who had just been recalled from Triple-A on Wednesday, went 4 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in his first start of the season.

Barnes had a decent season in 2014 when he hit .257 with eight home runs in 292 at-bats. He will likely be a platoon outfielder for the foreseeable future. 


Rockies option OF Drew Stubbs to Triple-A; recall OF Barnes


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) The Rockies have optioned outfielder Drew Stubbs to Triple-A Albuquerque, the team announced on Wednesday. Stubbs has struggled this season to the tune of a .118 batting average (6 for 51). The Rockies are hoping he can find his swing in Triple-A and return to the player that hit .289 with 15 home runs a year ago. 

In a corresponding move, the team called up fellow outfielder Brandon Barnes from Triple-A. Barnes wasn't fairing much better in Albuquerque, as he owns a .205 average and 34 strikeouts in 132 at-bats.

"My numbers weren't what I wanted them to be," Barnes said, per the Denver Post. "But I feel good, I'm in a good place. I always feel good."

Barnes is on the bench for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.


Rockies option Rex Brothers, Brandon Barnes


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Rockies optioned pitcher Rex Brothers and outfielder Brandon Barnes to Triple-A Albuquerque and reassigned pitcher Scott Oberg and outfielder Matt McBride to minor-league camp, MLB.com reports.

Brothers racked up 19 saves while posting a 1.74 ERA in 67 1/3 innings with the team in 2013 but was unable to break camp with the team just two seasons later, delivering an 8.22 ERA and 8:6 K:BB ratio in 7 2/3 innings. He also managed a 5.59 ERA in 2014. Barnes received 292 at-bats in his first season with the Rockies in 2014 but hit just .229/.362/.250 this spring.


Rockies' Brandon Barnes displays new swing this spring


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes brought a brand-new swing to spring training that features a high leg kick as he looks to cut down the strikeouts and "be the best version of me," the Denver Post reports.

"I tried to refine who I am and what type of player I am in the box," Barnes said Thursday. "I'm not a guy who's going to hit 30 home runs. I know that. I'm the big guy who needs to be a pest, drive the ball into gaps, hit doubles, use my speed to my advantage, bunt, all those things."

Barnes lost 10 pounds this offseason as he looked to come to camp more athletic and less stiff in the batter's box.

"We have this tremendous athlete, and you see him in the outfield and it shows up daily," manager Walt Weiss said. "But you saw him in the box last season, and there was some stiffness to his approach. And I'm saying, 'Be that guy in the box.' It made sense to him."

Barnes indicated that he's committed to the new approach that pulls the focus away from home runs.

"I had to go back and do some soul-searching to figure out who I was," Barnes said. "I'm the guy who goes out and plays really hard."


Rockies' Brandon Barnes looking to increase speed


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes reported to camp less bulky in an effort to increased his speed, while also working on bunting and running the bases, MLB.com reports.

Barnes is preparing as a player who is confident with his abilities, manager Walt Weiss said.

"He does feel like he belongs; we've had some good conversations already this spring," Weiss said. "I can sense that his confidence level is higher than he was a year ago. His attitude is infectious. He brings a lot of energy and toughness to our club that's very valuable. The other players feed off of it."

Barnes indicated that he's looking to be a smarter hitter this year and has turned to hitting coach Blake Doyle, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Corey Dickerson for advice.

The goal is finding a "rock-solid approach," Barnes said. "I have to buy into that."

Barnes hit .257/.293/.425 with eight home runs, 27 RBI and five stolen bases in his first season with the Rockies in 2014.


Brandon Barnes slugs eighth home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Rockies outfieler Brandon Barnes went 1 for 2 with a solo home run in his team's 16-2 blowout win over the Dodgers Wednesday.

Barnes reached base on an error in a pinch-hit appearance before putting the cap on an offensive explosion with his eighth-inning home run. He has hit .253/.290/.428 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 269 at-bats.


Brandon Barnes records inside-the-park home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes went 1 for 4 with a walk, two RBI and an inside-the-park home run in his team's 5-4 win over the Giants Saturday.

Barnes' ninth-inning home run flipped his team's fortunes, turning a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead. It was his second inside-the-park home run of the season. Barnes has hit .306/.348/.460 with two home runs, eight RBI and four stolen bases in 124 at-bats.


Brandon Barnes on the move


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/3/2013) The Rockies acquired outfielder Brandon Barnes in addition to starting pitcher Jordan Lyles from the Astros Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Dexter Fowler.

Barnes, 27, was the Astros' primary center fielder for most of 2013, hitting .240 with eight homers, 11 steals and a .635 OPS in 408 at-bats. He's expected to play a reserve role for the Rockies.


Brandon Barnes belts three-run homer


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes belted a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Twins closer Glen Perkins to tie the game up at six runs apiece Tuesday night. Barnes' seventh HR of the season sent the game into extra innings.

Barnes finished Tuesday's contest with five runs batted in as he went 3 for 4 on the night with a walk. He's batting .245 on the year for Houston.

The center fielder, who was caught stealing for the ninth time this season in the game, has gone 7 for 12 over a four-game hitting streak with six runs batted in over that stretch. He has 36 RBI for the year.

Brandon Barnes with three hits for Houston


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes recorded three hits Monday night in Chicago. Barnes doubled and singled twice on the night.

The speedy outfielder went 3 for 4 with a run scored in a wild offensive ballgame. He's batting .242 on the season for Houston.

The 27-year-old has hits in four straight games. He's gone 8 for 15 over that stretch with three RBI and four runs scored.

Brandon Barnes says he's ready to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2013) Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes is ready to return, according to the Houston Chronicle

Barnes had to leave Wednesday's game with a back injury, but said he felt "good" Thursday. Barnes is not listed in the starting lineup Thursday, but will be available off the bench. He's hitting .245/.297/.357 in 249 at-bats. 


Brandon Barnes exits with lower back tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2013) Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes left Wednesday's game against the Orioles due to lower back tightness, the Houston Chronicle reports. Barnes was 2 for 3 with two runs and one RBI before exiting.

Brandon Barnes back in action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2013) Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes returned to the starting lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays after leaving Tuesday's game with a mild left calf strain.

Barnes finished 0 for 2 and was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning. He is hitting .246 with five homers and 22 RBI in 232 at-bats.

Brandon Barnes suffers quad strain


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes had to leave Tuesday's game against Oakland with a mild left calf strain, MLB.com reports. He is day to day. 

Barnes was 0 for 2 with a run scored in the game before leaving. He's batting .301 on the season for Houston. 

The 27-year-old speedster snapped a four-game hitting streak that included a 5-for-5 performance in which he hit for the cycle. He has five homers, 22 RBI and nine steals on the year over 230 at-bats. 


Brandon Barnes hits for cycle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Astros rookie outfielder Brandon Barnes had another huge night at the plate as he recorded five hits and hit for the cycle Friday against the Mariners.

Barnes homered in the second, tripled in the fourth, singled in the sixth and doubled in the eighth. He finished 5 for 5 with three runs scored and three RBI in a 10-7 defeat.

The 27-year-old became the first Houston player to hit for the cycle since Luke Scott in 2006. His five-hit game was the most by an Astro since Hunter Pence on May 27, 2008. Barnes is hitting .250/.306/.375 in 216 at-bats.

Brandon Barnes swipes two bags on three-hit night


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2013) Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes had a three-hit night in a 4-2 loss to Chicago Monday. Barnes went 3 for 5 with a run scored. 

All three of his hits were singles and he turned that into two stolen bases. Barnes now has six steals on the season. He is batting .284. 

The 27-year-old has gone 5 for 12 over his last three games. He's been caught stealing five times. 


Brandon Barnes has hit streak end in return


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2013) Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes returned from a hamstring issue to start Monday in Seattle. Barnes went 0 for 4 with a strikeout in the loss. He's batting .282. 

Barnes missed Sunday's game with the injury. His five-game hitting streak ended in his return. 


Brandon Barnes' absence lasts one game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2013) Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes returned to the starting lineup Monday against the Mariners after sitting out Sunday against the Royals with a hamstring injury. Barnes is batting .333 (9 for 27) with one home run, two RBI and three doubles in his last seven games.

Brandon Barnes out with hamstring injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2013) Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes was not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Royals after leaving Saturday's game with left hamstring tightness, according to the Houston Chronicle. Barnes, however, doesn't expect to be sidelined for long.

"It’s fine," Barnes said Sunday."“I have to run on it. I just tried to rest it (overnight). It’s just a matter of it not getting loose on me last night. I should be fine."

Barnes is batting .333 (9 for 27) with one home run, two RBI and three doubles in his last seven games.


Brandon Barnes hits third home run


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2013) Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes hit his third home run in Tuesday's loss to Baltimore.

Barnes finished 2 for 4, and his solo shot marked Houston's only run. Barnes is hitting a sharp .286/.349/.429, a performance that might put him in the Rookie of the Year conversation if he can keep it up.


Brandon Barnes looking at expanded role


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2013) Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes started Tuesday against the Rockies, a sight that should become more familiar with the demotion of Robbie Grossman to Triple-A. Barnes is expected to get more consistent playing time over the next few weeks, while Justin Maxwell recovers from a fractured hand, according to MLB.com.

"The opportunity is great and I'm very appreciative," Barnes said. "I'm still going to go about the job the same way and still work hard."

Barnes was hitless Tuesday, going 0 for 4 with a strikeout in a 2-1 loss, dropping his average to .304 in 69 at-bats. Astros manager Bo Porter mentioned Barnes' ability to handle a larger role as one of the key questions the team wants answered in the next few weeks.

"Brandon Barnes is another one of those questions," Porter told MLB.com. "Can he play every day between now and the time Justin Maxwell comes back? We're going to find out whether or not he's able to do that. I'm going to run him out there against righties and lefties, and give him an opportunity to answer those questions."


Trevor Crowe, Brandon Barnes out of everyday mix


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2013) Astros manager Bo Porter named J.D. Martinez, Robbie Grossman and Jimmy Paredes the team's regular three starters in the outfield, MLB.com reports. Porter had been rotating Trevor Crowe and Brandon Barnes in the outfield over the past few weeks.

"I took the opportunity to talk to Barnes and Crowe today to let them know my decision," Porter said. "I told them I'm not going to leave them sitting for long periods of time."

Brandon Barnes hits second home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2013) Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes hit his second home run of the season Sunday against the Rangers. 

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Barnes took a changeup over the left-field wall for a two-run homer. Barnes has seen his playing time increase in recent weeks, though he's not yet a full-time player. In 59 at-bats, Barnes is hitting .322/.403/.475.