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Postby delux_247 » Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:21 am

Can anyone shed any light on Daric Barton of the A's?

Had great numbers for the 18 games he played last year. His stats in the minor leagues confirm that he is a Billy Beene guy. Very high on base percentage, good AVG, and nice slugging percentage.

How many AB's do you think he gets this year? Is he a year or two away from getitng more playing time.

Any info would be appreciated!
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Re: Daric Barton?

Postby Mugrila » Thu Mar 13, 2008 11:40 am

The A's haven't been shy about letting everyone know Barton will get plenty of playing time this year. He's projected as the starting 1st baseman but should also see some games at DH. He should spend most of his time as the #2 hitter, and even though he'll be up and down like nearly all rookies, he should be a good option as a backup 1b in most leagues.
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Postby MashinSpuds » Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:00 pm

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Re: Daric Barton?

Postby delux_247 » Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:19 pm

thanks. I tried a search, but didnt find that one.
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Re: Daric Barton?

Postby High Heater » Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:50 pm

Barton is more along the lines of a Mark Grace mold. i'd lump him in the same breath as a James Loney and Conor Jackson as well. great OBP guys with good plate dicipline and average but below average power for a corner IF.
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Re: Daric Barton?

Postby Half Massed » Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:05 pm

He's been dealing with some injury issues this spring so far (his hand has been bothering him), but in the few ABs he's had, he's looked good. Despite the logjam the A's have at 1B/DH, they're going to try to get him as much playing time as possible.
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Re: Daric Barton?

Postby Yoda » Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:08 pm

High Heater wrote:Barton is more along the lines of a Mark Grace mold. i'd lump him in the same breath as a James Loney and Conor Jackson as well. great OBP guys with good plate dicipline and average but below average power for a corner IF.


I concur although I think Loney and Barton will hit for more power than people credit them for.
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Re: Daric Barton?

Postby Half Massed » Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:21 pm

Yoda wrote:
High Heater wrote:Barton is more along the lines of a Mark Grace mold. i'd lump him in the same breath as a James Loney and Conor Jackson as well. great OBP guys with good plate dicipline and average but below average power for a corner IF.


I concur although I think Loney and Barton will hit for more power than people credit them for.


Agreed. Barton had 4 home runs in 72 ABs at the major league level last year and his first hit of ST this year was a homer. Small sample size and all that, I know, but I'm just saying that Barton does have some power that could surpass what a lot of people are expecting from him. How much of it leads to doubles over homers remains to be seen.
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Re: Daric Barton?

Postby Element » Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:32 am

Barton and Loney are pretty big kids. As they fill out, they're going to develop power.
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