Monday, March 14, 2005

Brian Barden Report

Brian Barden, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks
Drafted 189th Overall (6th Rd), 2002 Draft, Oregon State
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 5'11", 195 lbs

He's often cited as a pretty good prospect, but I don't buy it. He's a poor man's Chad Tracy, but is that something that anybody really wants?

2004 El Paso: .303/.335/.462, 10 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 10 BB, 48 K, 195 AB
2004 Tucson: .283/.324/.476, 30 2B, 5 3B, 8 HR, 17 BB, 83 K, 332 AB
mL Career: .300/.345/.454, 84 2B, 17 3B, 22 HR, 73 BB, 273 K, 1194 AB

Yes, he's a line drive machine, but his ratios are awful. His isolated slugging percentage isn't impressive, and he's played his entire career in parks that are incredible places to hit a baseball. No thank you. He needs to double his walk rate to even be a competent top of the order hitter. Sure, Tracy's walk rates and ISO were never impressive, but even they were better than what Barden has put up to date. And at this point in Tracy's career, he already had a full season in Tucson where he hit .324/.372/.456. Heck, I'm not even that wild about Tracy. Tracy himself is a below average starter at third or first, or the left handed portion of a platoon at either of those positions. He'd best be implemented as a supersub at 1B, 3B, LF, and RF. Barden is a poor man's right handed version of Tracy. There are worse things to be, but you shouldn't confuse him with a future lineup anchor.

ETA: 2006
2 Stars



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