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New start for Astros' Barmes

Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 4:22 pm

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Clint BarmesIf Wally Pipp had lost his spot because he slipped carrying Bambi's mom, he'd be Clint Barmes.

Barmes looked like he'd be the 2005 Rookie of the Year when Todd Helton gave him a gift of deer meat. Carrying the meat up to his apartment, he slipped and broke his left collarbone. In 86 games before the meat incident, Barmes was hitting .318 and in the 579 since, he's hit .244. He lost his swing, struggled in 2006 and was replaced by Troy Tulowitzki in 2007.

"It's one of those things where everybody is like, 'What would have happened if I didn't get hurt?'" Barmes told Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle. "I've thought about that. I'm not going to lie."

Many have. Barmes has gone from an emerging star to expendable. The Rockies traded him to the Astros for pitcher Felipe Paulino last November. Barmes is now getting a chance to be the Astros' everyday shortstop.

"I feel like I'm kind of starting over again," Barmes said. "That makes it exciting. I've got expectations for myself. The club has expectations for me. The biggest thing is they're going to let me go out and play, do what I do. It's on me to go out and produce."

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Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 5:10 pm

New start for Astros' Barmes

If the Astros aren't expecting anything more then a .250/.300/.425/.725 slash line then they should be happy with Clint Barmes as their new short stop. Let's forget though that just two years ago he hit 23 HR with 12 SB, that Stros would have killed to have the kind of production last year. Unfortunately if you just look at the HR and SB totals you gloss over the fact that he's piled up 187 K and just 66 BB in the past two seasons.
He needs a new environment, even though his previous home was about as cozy as it gets.

The other piece of this trade could turn out to be a poor mans Jorge De La Rosa- great strike out rates 8+K/9, poor command 4+ BB/9 or wind up being a strike out artist out of the bullpen 85+K in 90 IP doesn't seem like much of a stretch. If he could up his GB rate to the 48-50% mark (he posted 42% the last two years), he could be a very effective pitcher, with good fantasy potential.

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