BARNES, JACOB

Position: Pitcher

DOB: April 14, 1990

Height: 6’2″ / Weight: 220

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (14th round, 2011)

Profile: Drafted by Milwaukee in the 14th round out of Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011, Barnes showed promise as a reliever at Helena in 2011, then split time between the rotation and the bullpen at Wisconsin in 2012. He moved up to High-A Brevard County in 2013 and returned there to start 2014 before quickly earning a promotion to Double-A Huntsville. He returned to Double-A in 2015 with Biloxi, then saw time at both Biloxi and Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2016 before being called up to Milwaukee. He made his MLB debut with the Brewers in June, pitching in 27 games. With a riding fastball with late giddy-up, Barnes routinely sits in the mid-90’s which he pairs with a hard, biting slider that is a swing-and-miss pitch for him, making him a solid late inning relief option for Milwaukee.

2011: After signing with the Brewers following his junior year at FGCU, Barnes began his professional career with Helena in 2011. In 18 relief appearances, he posted a record of 2-1 with a 2.12 earned run average while also recording a pair of saves.

2012: Moving up to Class-A Wisconsin to start the 2012 season, Barnes saw action in 25 games for the Timber Rattlers, making seven starts. He had a record of just 4-7 but posted a 3.84 ERA while also saving three games.

2013: Barnes was promoted to High-A Brevard County in 2013 and went on to start 14 of the 21 games he pitched in for the Manatees. He finished the season with a record of 9-6 with a 3.08 earned run average in 105.1 innings of work.

2014: The Brewers opted to send Barnes back to Brevard to begin the 2014 season but after just three relief appearances there, he received a promotion to Double-A Huntsville. He moved into the starting rotation with the Stars, starting 21 of the 23 games he pitched there, but went just 2-6 with a 4.26 ERA.

2015: After joining the Brewers new Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers in 2015, Barnes saw the majority of his work come in relief. He started only six of the 39 games he worked in, going 4-5 with a 3.36 ERA in 75 innings of work.

2016: Barnes began the 2016 season with Triple-A Colorado Springs and was impressive in 17 relief outings, going 2-1 with a 1.08 ERA, earning a June promotion to Milwaukee. He made his big league debut with the Brewers at Philadelphia on June 3rd and put together two solid months before being sidelined with elbow soreness. He returned in late August, logging three relief appearances at Double-A Biloxi, then re-joined the Milwaukee bullpen in September, making 11 more appearances for the Brewers to close out the season.