Barnhart is getting called up to the CBL Vancouver Canadians
Barnhart is getting called up to the CBL Vancouver Canadians

The news that prospect catcher Tucker Barnhart was getting called up was both a surprise and an expected move at the same time. The catching prospect is highly touted by GM Dan Courcelles and is known to be one of his favorite players in the organization. He is also a fan favorite everywhere he plays and wins over his teammates on every team as well because of his leadership skills, loyalty and excellent work ethic. Barnhart possesses everything you want in a catcher in intangible skills. He is one of the best play callers among catching prospects and some scouts believe he could very well become one of the best in the CBL one day. He handles his pitching staff better than anyone GM Courcelles has ever seen. He uses the strengths of his pitchers but also pushes them to improve other lesser skilled pitches.

Barnhart is not only known for his intangibles, game calling and ability to handle the pitching staff but also for his cannon of an arm. In Winter League this year, Barnhart caught a whopping 46% of basestealers and in AAA before the call-up, he was getting 28% of them. Barnhart is known as a defence first catcher which is why GM Courcelles wanted him for his defence and pitching first organization (Ironically the offence has been the best part of the team this year). In contrary to the beleif of scouts that Barnhart will never hit well, he has been hitting .265 with a .349 OBP, 5 HRs and 20 RBI’s in 35 starts in AAA this year. Nothing that comes off the page but still respectable numbers that show he gets on base and can bring in runners with some power. If you look at his winter league numbers, he hit .310 BA, .399 OBP 2 HRs and 26 RBIs in 44 games which shows again that he can get on base and bring in runners but also shows he can hit for contact.

Barnhart caught 48% of basestealers in Winter League and 28% in AAA before his call up
Barnhart caught 48% of basestealers in Winter League and 28% in AAA before his call up

GM Courcelles preference for hitters is get on base. His overall team philosophy is defence, pitching and get on base. Barnhart can help all 3 categories, which explains why he is so highly liked and valued by the GM. Tucker Barnhart is expected to start the first 2 of 3 in the Altoona series and hopefully will impress his teammates and fans. Rosario will be pushed to DH for the first 2 and catch the 3rd game.

Minor League Updates and Performances

Winnipeg Goldeyes (A)

The Single A playoffs have come to a close and the Crawdads have won the Championship. They beat your Winnipeg Goldeyes in the Midwest League Divisional series 4-0 after the Goldeyes swept Kane County 3-0 in the Wildcard series. The Goldeyes looked strong all season and dominated teams throughout the regular season and swept Kane County in the Wildcard series but ran out of gas when they met up with the defending champion Crawdads. Overall, it was a good season for their first year in the Midwest League and there are lots of positives to bring out including great performances this seasons by Canadians prospects.

The Winnipeg Goldeyes finished the season 51-29 and lost in the Divisional Series
The Winnipeg Goldeyes finished the season 51-29 and lost in the Divisional Series

Top Player Performances:

SP Nick Tropeano 7-3 97.0 IP 2.04 ERA 0.67 WHIP 10.1 K/9 (called up to AA for final 3 games and AA playoffs)

SP Aaron Brooks 10-3 107.0 IP 2.19 ERA 0.95 WHIP 8.8 K/9  (called up to AA for final 3 games and AA playoffs)

SP Boone Whiting 9-4 105.2 IP 2.30 ERA 0.91 WHIP 12.7 K/9 (called up to AA for final 3 games and AA playoffs)

3B Andy Burns .366 BA .435 OBP 11 HRs 58 RBIs (Called up to AA month ago)

CF Dalton Pompey   Single A .338 BA .442 OBP 10 HRs 36 RBIs

                                       Double A .364 BA, .454 OBP 12 HRs 43 RBIs (Called up to AAA)

Bakersfield Blaze (AA)

The Blaze have finished the season 49-31 and won the wildcard spot. They will be starting playoffs tomorrow. As seen above, some Single A players have been called up to participate in the playoffs to get a few more at bats and innings pitched in.

Top Player Performances:

SP Charles Brewer 7-1 93.2 IP 2.11 ERA 0.82 WHIP 9.3 K/9

C Ali Solis .358 BA .399 OBP 8 HRs 50 RBIs (Called up to AAA)

RP Logan Bawcom 4-1 2 SV 38 IP 2.37 ERA 1.08 WHIP 11.1 K/9

3B Mitch Nay .292 BA .368 OBP 12 HRs 53 RBIs

1B Chris Mcguiness .337 BA .480 OBP 14 HRs 59 RBIs (Called up to AAA)

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (AAA)

The Volcanoes are 22-19 and are tied in their division for 2nd place halfway through the AAA season.

Top Player Performances:

3B Matt Davidson .347 .408 OBP 3 HRs 22 RBIs

1B Jon Singleton .284 BA .390 OBP 9 HRs 40 RBIs (Called up to CBL at All Star Break)

C Tucker Barnhart .265 BA, .349 OBP 5 HRs 20 RBIs (Called up to CBL today, see above)

SP Tyler Chatwood 3-2 58.1 IP 2.93 ERA 1.29 WHIP 6.3 K/9

RP Jhan Martinez 1-0 3 SV 17.1 IP 1.04 ERA 0.81 WHIP 11.1 K/9

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9 Comments

  • Tim Imasa

    Tim Imasa, November 22, 2014 @ 4:18 am

    Well written article again, Dan. I truly enjoyed it. I think Barnhart deserves the promotion. He put up good enough numbers in AAA. Sure, his numbers are not earth-shattering, but enough to get promoted. Besides, he’s a defensive catcher first right? 🙂

    Love your Minor League recap. I’m thinking of doing the same thing on my next article. My Tin Caps did not last in the championship series vs the Dads this year. Dads are truly the team to beat in A. The should be playing in AAA to be honest. lol

  • Dan Courcelles

    Dan Courcelles, November 22, 2014 @ 4:24 am

    Thanks Tim. That means a lot. I always appreciate the good feedback.

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    Richie Ho, November 22, 2014 @ 5:57 am

    Nicely done again Dan. Can tell you put a lot of time on this, and it’s refreshing to see a GM who’s committed to his team. The Canadians are very lucky!

    • Dan Courcelles

      Dan Courcelles, November 23, 2014 @ 6:02 am

      Thanks Richie. That means a lot.

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    David Jones, November 23, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

    None of this matters Dan!!! You’re goin’ down!

    Just trying to spice up the “Canadian Rivalry” in the CBL. No offense my friend…

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    David Jones, November 23, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

    By the way LOVE the Goldeyes pic and the fact you use them in your organization. When I first join the CBL, not long ago, I had thoughts of already moving the Calgary franchise to Winnipeg until I happened to check out your team page (and checked out the points required :-)).

    Instead I might just work on better developing my farm system so it’s situated closer to Calgary.

  • Dan Courcelles

    Dan Courcelles, November 24, 2014 @ 4:09 pm

    Well I am from Winnipeg so it means something to me lol I watched them as a kid and they are always a good team. No worries David! The rivalry must continue! Good job on winning a lot lately and climbing the division! Apparently my team can’t do that haha

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    Steve Meyers, November 24, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

    Well written, Dan.
    Tucker is going to have to keep stretching out his offensive skills to be that On Base guy you want at the top level. But, even if he attains say a .330 OB with his defensive skills he could be better than a RP. R. Orozco, my scout, calls him ‘a natural defender’ with few nights off.

  • Tim Imasa

    Tim Imasa, November 24, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

    The comment section is poppin’ nowadays! I guess that’s what happen when someone writes a compelling article.

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