Tough to say about Barton's playing time next year since Swisher and D. Johnson are both good left handed first baseman. I doubt he will even platoon. His best chance for playing time will be if Johnson is hurt, slumping, or traded - if Johnson is strong I think Barton spends most of the year in the minors. If he bats right handed it might be a different story but so many of the A's players, are lefties.
It is a good sign that Payton was sent walking because Swish will probably get a lot more time in left field and open up first base, although against lefties Keilty will likely be in left most times. Also, with Thomas gone the DH spot is open but Beane is working on signing a right handed bat to put there. Kielty is likely to get time here as well.
If he is full time I would guess 15-20 HR and .280 initially and rising, I have heard him compared to Nick Johnson. He will have a nice OBP. Too bad he is no longer a catcher.
Here is what he said about his power and other stuff:
http://www.athleticsnation.com/story/20 ... 22713/1039
Blez: Do you like to consider yourself a home run hitter?
Barton: Not this year too much. I have some power, but I'm more of an average guy. I can hit some home runs, but I'm not too much of a power guy. The power will come though. I focus on hitting line drives and hitting the ball hard.
Blez: Did you know Haren and Calero pretty well?
Barton: Yeah, I knew Danny and Kiko pretty well from last year. I met them a few times and during spring training this year, we hung out a lot. I actually met Jason Kendall when I was in high school. He had a workout and his brother was a scout. And I hung out with him that one day. I was actually surprised he remembered me from that workout.
Blez: He remembered you from that one meeting?
Barton: Yeah from when I was a senior. So that was three years ago. He's a great guy.
Blez: That's pretty impressive. Favorite band?
Barton: Avenged Sevenfold. They're a group out of Huntington Beach. They're a heavy metal group.
Blez: Do you like Korn too? They're from HB.
Barton: Back in the day, I liked their music. My favorite song by Avenged Sevenfold is I Won't See You Tonight, Part 1.
Blez: Favorite book.
Barton: I don't have one, I really don't.
Blez: Have you read Moneyball?
Barton: I've read some of it. I haven't really gotten through the whole book. I don't read many books. I'm not really a reader.
Blez: What about magazines? Have a favorite?
Barton: It's got to be Maxim. That's a great magazine.
Blez: Favorite food?
Barton: It's got to be Mexican food. Definitely Mexican food.
Blez: Burritos or what?
Blez: Carne asada or what?
Barton: Definitely carne asada.
Blez: Favorite female actress and/or model?
Barton: I'd have to say Carmen Electra.
Blez: I guess she sort of covers the actress and model. Favorite video game?
Barton: MVP Baseball 2005.
Blez: You realize you're in it, right? It's only that it isn't your name.
Barton: Someone told me something like that. Really?
Blez: Yeah, I think Baseball America's Top 100 prospects comes up when you're at bat.
Barton: Well, if it's me, it's great. Hopefully he succeeds in the video games.
Blez: It doesn't really look like you though.
Barton: I couldn't imagine it would.