Thursday, July 11, 2013

Player Profile: Darwin Barney

I have one card of Darwin Barney, from 2011 Topps.

Playing career: Second baseman Darwin Barney has developed into a good-field, no-hit second baseman for the Cubs. In his second full season in 2012, he set a National League record with 141 errorless games at second base, earning him his first Gold Glove award.

Where he is now: This season he is hitting .212 with 5 HR and 22 RBI. But he's only made two errors all season - both of them this week. He did not make an error yesterday but went 0-3 in the Cubs loss to the Angels.

My memories: I’ve heard his name a lot and thought of him as a big-time prospect. I’m surprised that he is only a punch-and-judy hitter, especially in Wrigley Field. Maybe his power will grow as he does.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Darw, between Darwin Deez, a band, and Darwin Awards 2013, internet awards for people who kill themselves through sheer stupidity. There do not appear to be any other prominent Darwin Barneys.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jeff Barns.

1 comment:

  1. Seems like a great guy, terrific attitude and work ethic. I'm a Barney fan but also a Cubs fan. I don't know how long they can stick with him hitting in the low .200's. Of course his DP partner Castro is also having a terrible time at the plate this season. Maybe they'll both turn it around in the second half.