Jacob Andrew Barnes
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 220 lb.
- School Florida Gulf Coast University
- High School Chamberlain High School
- Debut June 3, 2016
Pitcher Jacob Barnes began his professional career in 2011 after being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 14th round of the 2011 amateur draft. He had instant professional success, going 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 18 relief appearances for the Helena Brewers his first year. In 29 2/3 innings, he had a 1.045 WHIP and 43 strikeouts. Over the next few years, he slowly shifted into a starting role, making 25 appearances (seven starts) in 2012 and 21 appearances (14 starts) in 2013. He was 13-13 between those campaigns. In 2014, the closest he came to being a full-time starter, he was 2-6 with a 4.06 ERA in 26 games (21 starts) between the Brevard County Manatees and Huntsville Stars. In the winter, he played for the Criollos de Caguas in Puerto Rico. After posting a 3.36 ERA and 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings ratio in 2015, he earned the opportunity to pitch for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League, with whom he went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in eight games; in 11 2/3 innings, his WHIP was 0.771 and he had 17 strikeouts. He was named an AFL Rising Star.
He earned his first promotion to the major leagues after going 2-1 with a 1.21 ERA in 17 games with the Triple A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. In his first game, on June 3, 2016, he tossed an inning against the Philadelphia Phillies, striking out Tommy Joseph and Peter Bourjos. His best major league campaign (to date) was the 2017 tilt, posting a 3-4 pitcher win-loss record and a 4.00 ERA in 73 appearances. He struggled in both 2018 and 2019, the latter season resulting in his being designated for assignment and claimed by the Kansas City Royals. He was released in November 2019. In January 2020, he signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
- Seth Soffian: "FGCU alum Jacob Barnes fourth to make majors, second in a week", The News-Press, Fort Myers, FL, June 2, 2016.