26 Facts About Austin Barnes


Austin Barnes played college baseball for the Arizona State Sun Devils.

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Austin Barnes was selected by the Florida Marlins in the eighth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

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Austin Barnes made his MLB debut with the Dodgers in 2015 and helped the team win the 2020 World Series.

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Austin Barnes attended Riverside Polytechnic High School, playing on the same baseball team as future Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick.

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Austin Barnes received four varsity letters from Riverside Poly, and served as team captain his senior year.

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Outside of his high school team, Austin Barnes played on travel teams and in a summer league, which he helped take to the American Amateur Baseball Congress Don Mattingly Championship in 2017.

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Austin Barnes appeared in 20 games as a catcher and second baseman, with one start as a designated hitter.

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Austin Barnes adapted to the new position quickly, with 19 of the first 24 baserunners he faced caught stealing.

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Austin Barnes was given an opportunity to return to the infield for his junior season, but he elected to remain the team's catcher.

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Austin Barnes was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team upon the conclusion of the season.

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Austin Barnes made his professional debut that season with the Class A Short Season Jamestown Jammers of the New York–Penn League, establishing himself early on as both a passionate catcher and a strong batter.

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Austin Barnes had one hit in three at-bats in his debut, with his first MLB hit being a single to center field off of Dale Thayer of the San Diego Padres.

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Austin Barnes returned to Oklahoma City after his short time on the Dodgers roster and was named as a starter on the Pacific Coast League team for the mid-season Triple-A All-Star game.

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Austin Barnes was named to the post-season PCL all-star team and Baseball America's Triple-A All-Star team.

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Austin Barnes appeared in 21 games for the Dodgers in 2016, hitting.

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Austin Barnes appeared in two games in the 2016 National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, with one pinch hit appearance and one pinch run appearance.

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Austin Barnes made the Opening Day roster as the backup catcher in 2017.

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Austin Barnes gradually saw more playing time, moving into a platoon role with Grandal for most of the season before taking over as the starter in the playoffs.

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Austin Barnes ended up being the backup to Yasmani Grandal, taking over the catching role more in the postseason when Grandal allowed two passed balls and made two errors in game 1 of the NLCS and another passed ball in game 3, resulting in Dodgers fans booing him and begging for Barnes to catch.

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In 2019, Austin Barnes was named the Opening Day starting catcher after Grandal signed with the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Austin Barnes appeared in only 75 games in the majors in 2019, hitting.

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Austin Barnes had two hits in three at-bats in the Wild Card Series, two hits in two at-bats in the NLDS and two hits in seven at-bats in the NLCS.

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The Dodgers won the World Series in six games with Austin Barnes catching the final out with Julio Urias closing the game.

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Austin Barnes again was the back-up catcher behind Will Smith, appearing in 77 games and hitting.

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Austin Barnes had three appearances, all as a pinch hitter, in the playoffs, striking out in two of the three at-bats.

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Austin Barnes is the nephew of former MLB infielder Mike Gallego.

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