Barrett worked around a pair of hits and retired two batters via strikeout en route to his second save of the season in Sunday's win over the Dodgers. Barrett came on after closer Tyler Clippard put three men on base, and although he immediately allowed a pair of inherited runners to score on a base hit, he was able to close out the game. Clippard is still presumed to be the main option for saves in the desert, but Barrett is clearly in the mix if the former makes a habit out of Sunday's struggles.
Barrett has a 1.50 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in 12 innings of action since being called up from Triple-A Reno on April 28. After his ERA reached 6.75 in less than three innings at the beginning of the season, Barrett has taken strides to make a name for himself in his inaugural MLB season. His superb 5.67 K/BB ratio is the best among Diamondbacks' relievers that have thrown 10 or more innings and his fastball is in the realm of 95 miles per hour. With an 8.05 K/9 and 1.0 HR/9, there's plenty of room for the rookie to continue improving, and he should have plenty of opportunities to do so, courtesy of his strong play as of late.
Barrett was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Thursday. Barrett was solid earlier in the season with Arizona, allowing only three runs on eight hits in seven innings pitched. After Dominic Leone's struggles got him optioned to Triple-A on Wednesday, Barrett will slot back into the Diamondbacks bullpen to replace him. He'll likely be used in lower-leverage situations, but he could stick with the major league club for a longer period of time if he continues to find success against major league hitters.
Barrett was sent down to Triple-A Reno on Sunday. Barrett threw multiple innings on Saturday and won't be available for a couple of days, so he and Matt Buschmann are being replaced by the fresher arms for the time being. Both Barrett and Buschmann could be recalled to the Diamondbacks later this season.
Barrett earned a spot on the D-backs' Opening Day roster. Silvino Bracho will join him, as the final two spots came down to a four-man battle that also included Enrique Burgos and Evan Marshall. Burgos and Marshall will open the season at Reno, while Barrett will attempt to increase his grip on the job through the early weeks of the season.