Justin Barnes (minors02)

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Justin Paul Barnes

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Biographical Information[edit]

Relief pitcher Justin Barnes played professionally from 2004 to 2008. He was originally taken by the New York Mets in the 18th round of the 2001 amateur draft, but opted not to sign. He did sign after being taken by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 15th round of the 2002 amateur draft, between infielder Kila Ka'aihue and pitcher Jesse Carlson. He was signed by scouts Tom McNamara and Fernando Arango.

He averaged 10.6 K/9 IP his first pro season and 8.6 K/9 IP in 118 games (14 starts) for his career. Perhaps his best campaign was 2005 with the West Virginia Power, when he went 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 39 games (3 starts), striking out 76 batters in 79 1/3 innings. Overall, he was 23-16 with a 4.00 ERA, including his one-year stay in independent ball.

On December 21, 2005, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Chris Demaria.

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