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Jack Barrie - 2014

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#1 TheDean

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 05:51 PM

Name: Jack Barrie
Position: 1B
Height/Weight: 6'4", 250 lbs
Bats: R
Throws: R

Summary:
Barrie, an 18-year-old power hitter from Queensland, Australia, was one of the Twins' most recent international signings. He signed for about $250,000 toward the end of last February after taking advantage of increased spotlight at Australia's under-18 national championships during January. He will participate in extended spring training and compete in the GCL this year.

History:
Scouts were impressed with Barrie's potential in exhibitions earlier this year to the point that reports had the Twins outbidding three other organizations to sign him. However, aside from his performance at Australia's U18 tournament (.636/.652/1.136 in 11 games) and MLB's Australian Academy (.151 in 53 ABs with 14 strikeouts while recovering from a broken wrist), there exists little information on past performance. He described himself to the Sunshine Coast Daily as a "skater kid" from Cairns who fell in love with baseball after cruising past a local game at age 14.

Future:
Barrie will work out at Fort Myers for extended spring training and likely join the GCL Twins for rookie ball. Expect huge power potential from Barrie, a kid who is already major league first baseman size as an 18 year old. It will be interesting to see how he stacks up against pitching competition in the GCL, as that can be difficult for any young players out of high school, especially when leaving home, family, and friends half a world away. The Sydney Morning Herald reported a quote from his mom, "He eats, sleeps, and breathes baseball.... Jack has practiced and practiced and practiced.... It is wonderful to see his hard work has paid off, but this is only the beginning of a long road, and Jack knows if he is going to go all the way, he has to work even harder."
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I'll wait till more games and reports are made available before speculating any more. Most of this information and more was collected from Mike Berardino's Twinsights blog, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sunshine Coast Daily, Baseball America, and the TwinsDaily forum.

#2 TheDean

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 09:15 AM

18-year-old Barrie debuted for the GCL Twins last weekend, playing on Saturday. He also played yesterday. In both games he got the start at 1B. In 7 PAs he has walked twice and singled. In both games he was lifted midway through the game for a PR or a defensive replacement.

A debut in MiLB also means a debut in Bbref! That's exciting on its own!

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 09:43 AM

In Barrie's third game, he earned a hat trick: 3 Ks in 3 ABs. If anyone thought that means that the young Aussie is overmatched playing professional baseball in North America, he was sure to prove them wrong with a 2-RBI double on July 1st and a 4-4 showing yesterday on the 4th of July.

Haven't taken the time to look up the statistics, but 4-hit games must be rare at any level, especially in Rookie leagues where both hitters and pitchers are quite raw.

After 17 PAs, Barrie sits at .400/.471/.467, 5 Ks, 3 RBI, and 1 2B.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 09:11 AM

In 11 ABs (4 games) since his four-for-four-Fourth, Barrie has only managed one hit. Over the same span, he struck out 3 times and walked 3 times. Nothing too concerning. At this point, playing time is limited for these 18 and 19-year-olds in the GCL. Stats are less important than the opinions of the training staff. Still, I wish there was more media on the prospects in both Rookie leagues, though at least the Appy league gets a bit more coverage.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 08:11 AM

Barrie hasn't quite been playing every day for the GCL Twins. His recent numbers don't exactly jump off the page, and recently he has struggled to find a walk or anything more than the occasional single. As a result, his season slash has fallen to .263/.364/.289. Most noticeable is the lack of power generated from a guy built like an ox out of HS (6'5", 250 lbs.). I'm sure he is still raw and working with the hitting coaches, so hopefully those singles can start turning into doubles and home runs.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 09:44 AM

An unfortunate 3 game hitless streak is the topic of today's update on Barrie in the GCL.  That streak includes a GDP and an August 1st game in which Barrie recorded two errors at 1B.

 

With only one XBH on the year, the OPS numbers are not kind to Barrie as his line sits at .228/.313/.246.


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Posted 02 September 2014 - 08:10 AM

Barrie finished out the season with a few more hits including his second XBH and a few RBIs.

At barely 18 years old and fresh in the states, Barrie likely had to compete in a world of baseball different from what he left behind in Australia.  Hopefully he will be able to continue to work on his skills in EST next year so that he can take full advantage of his natural talent in another season of GCL.