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Brian Barton | Outfielder

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/25/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 187
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Reds signed OF Brian Barton to a minor league contract.
Barton batted .254/.344/.370 with seven homers and 20 steals at the Triple-A level in 2009 but was released by the Dodgers just before the season last year. He ended up playing for Newark and Bridgeport in the Independent Leagues, winning the Atlantic League batting title with a .375 mark. Now 28, the Aerospace Engineering major from Miami should be able to make something of himself in the "real world" if his baseball career doesn't pan out. Tue, Dec 21, 2010 03:04:00 PM

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Dodgers signed OF Brian Barton to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Barton, 27, was released by the Braves last month after spending nearly the entire 2009 season with Triple-A Gwinnett. He batted .268/.354/.392 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 153 at-bats with the Cardinals in 2008, so he could prove useful as a righty bat and potential speedster off Joe Torre's bench.
Fri, Dec 18, 2009 09:55:00 PM

Braves sent outfielder Brian Barton outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Barton does not factor into Atlanta's September plans and won't be around if the club makes it to October. He's batting .251/.352/.387 with seven home runs, 43 RBI and 12 stolen bases this season for Triple-A Gwinnett. With a strong offseason, he could crack the roster in 2010 as a utility outfielder.
Tue, Sep 1, 2009 08:23:00 AM

Braves optioned outfielder Brian Barton to the Triple-A Gwinnett.

He was recalled for a cup of coffee Wednesday in order to keep a roster spot warm until newly acquired Nate McLouth arrived.
Thu, Jun 4, 2009 09:46:00 PM

Braves recalled outfielder Brian Barton from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Barton, hitting .250/.341/.357 for Gwinnett, is acting as insurance until Nate McLouth arrives. He's likely to be sent back down when Tommy Hanson is promoted for Saturday's start.
Wed, Jun 3, 2009 07:36:00 PM

Braves acquired OF Brian Barton from Cardinals.

Barton hit .268 with two homers and 13 RBIs as a rookie in 2008. The former Rule 5 pick spent all of last season on the Cardinals roster as a reserve outfielder. Barton was unable to make the big league roster out of camp.
Mon, Apr 20, 2009 05:13:00 PM

Cardinals optioned OF Brian Barton, RHP Mitchell Boggs, LHP Charlie Manning and RHP Matt Scherer to Triple-A Memphis; reassigned RHP Clayton Mortensen, RHP Adam Ottavino, INF Allen Craig and RHP Jess Todd to minor league camp.

Barton made a ton of sense for a team that's practically certain to go with left-handed hitters in both left and center, but manager Tony La Russa seemed down on him from the very start of the spring or maybe dating all of the way back to last year. He turns 27 next month, so it's not like he needs to be playing regularly in the minors. He hit .192/.323/.538 in 26 at-bats this spring. Manning, who was supposed to be competing with Royce Ring for one spot in the pen, had his chances of making the team wrecked by the Dennys Reyes signing.
Mon, Mar 16, 2009 10:28:00 PM

Brian Barton homered twice, doubled and drove in six runs in the Cardinals' 14-10 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Barton was a solid reserve as a Rule-5 pick last year, but he entered camp this year as an afterthought. That will have to change now. All of the team's candidates to start in left field are left-handed, so Barton would make sense as a platoon partner.
Sun, Mar 1, 2009 05:23:00 PM

Cardinals activated outfielder Brian Barton from the 15-day disabled list.

Barton has been out since August 24 with a strained oblique muscle that he suffered just two weeks after coming back from a hand injury that kept him sidelined for over a month. The Rule 5 pick will slide back into a bench role.
Wed, Sep 10, 2008 01:06:00 PM

Brian Barton (oblique) hit in the batting cage Saturday and is expected to take batting practice with the team on Sunday.

Barton is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday and hopes to do just that.
Sun, Sep 7, 2008 11:00:00 AM

Cardinals placed outfielder Brian Barton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 25, with a strained right oblique.

Barton was injured Sunday in his first start back from the disabled list. His at-bats will go to Joe Mather and Nick Stavinoha.
Tue, Aug 26, 2008 06:53:00 PM

Brian Barton left Sunday’s game in the sixth inning with a right oblique strain.

A tough break for Barton, who was making his first start since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 15. He was hurt running out an infield single, which was his third hit of the game. One of the previous two was a two-run double.
Sun, Aug 24, 2008 04:58:00 PM

Cardinals activated outfielder Brian Barton from the 15-day disabled list.

The Rule 5 pick spent the maximum 20 days on a minor league rehab assignment and then just hung around the team for a few more days before officially coming off the shelf. He'll resume a reserve role after .246/.331/.369 in 143 plate appearances prior to injuring his hand in early July.
Fri, Aug 15, 2008 04:32:00 PM

Brian Barton (hand) has rejoined the Cardinals, but the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he's not expected to come off the disabled list for several more days.

Barton reached the 20-day limit on his minor league rehab assignment after hitting .260 with three homers in 19 games at Triple-A, but as a Rule 5 pick he must either remain on the MLB roster or the DL. "We'll work him for a day or two, get an eyeball on him for ourselves," manager Tony La Russa said. "At some point soon he'll be activated. We want to take a look at him."
Wed, Aug 13, 2008 10:43:00 AM

Cardinals placed outfielder Brian Barton on the 15-day disabled list with a hand injury.

Barton has struggled recently, and as a Rule 5 pick can't be optioned to the minors, so this is the only way the Cards could get him at-bats on a lower level. Maybe he's a little bit injured, but this is mostly about getting Barton more playing time.
Sun, Jul 6, 2008 02:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
1B1Joey Votto
2Donald Lutz
2B1Brandon Phillips
SS1Zack Cozart
2Eugenio Suarez
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
LF1Brennan Boesch
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
3Kyle Waldrop
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Homer Bailey
3Mike Leake
4Tony Cingrani
5Anthony DeSclafani
6Dylan Axelrod
7David Holmberg
8Raisel Iglesias
9Amir Garrett
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Manny Parra
3Sam LeCure
4Jumbo Diaz
5Sean Marshall
6Pedro Villarreal
7JJ Hoover
8Carlos Contreras
9Ryan Dennick
10Daniel Corcino
11Jose Mijares