Aaron Barrett
Aaron Barrett
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Aaron Barrett in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals in April of 2017.
Makes first appearance since 2015
PWashington Nationals  R
June 27, 2018
Barrett (elbow) debuted with short-season Auburn on June 15, working around two hits and a walk and striking out three batters as part of a scoreless inning.
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The outing marked Barrett's first appearance in affiliated ball since Aug. 5, 2015, when he was still a member of the Nationals' active roster. Barrett was diagnosed with a sprained elbow a day after that game that ultimately required Tommy John surgery, then cracked his humerus bone in July 2016 when he was struck by a line drive while facing live hitters. After having two plates and 16 screws inserted into his elbow to address the latter injury, Barrett is finally ready to resume his career after a two-year rehab process. He hasn't pitched since that initial appearance for the short-season club, but it's expected that he'll gradually increase the frequency of his outings and work his way up the minor-league ladder again.
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Barrett wasn't able to get onto the mound in 2016, as he fractured his elbow in July while rehabbing from offseason Tommy John surgery, and as a result the Nationals removed him from the 40-man roster. When healthy, his sharp slider makes him a useful bullpen arm, but he'll have some things to prove before he works his way back into a major league role.
Barrett was expected to play a big role in 2015 as a setup man for Drew Storen, but a June biceps strain eventually turned into Tommy John surgery in September and the right-hander was restricted to just 29.1 big league innings on the season. When healthy, he's got a heavy mid-90s fastball and effective slider that can generate groundballs and strikeouts, as his career 1.48 GB/FB and 10.8 K/9 can attest, but the surgery will keep him sidelined until late 2016 as a best-case scenario, and he could end up missing the entire season. The Nationals shipped Storen to Toronto, so Jonathan Papelbon figures to be the closer to start the season, despite an altercation in the dugout with Bryce Harper at the end of 2015 that had many armchair GMs packing his bags for him. Barrett might not be immediately next in line should something happen to Papelbon, but the setup role is certainly up for grabs if he can regain his prior form.
Barrett's first season in a major league bullpen was a relatively successful one, as the right-hander rode his heavy, low-mid 90s fastball and hard slider to a 2.66 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 10.8 K/9 ratio in 40.2 innings. His midseason demotion to Triple-A was as much due to roster constraints, brought on by position player injuries, as it was a reflection on his performance, and Nationals manager Matt Williams showed some confidence in him down the stretch. Rafael Soriano's departure will move Barrett up a spot in the Nationals' relief pecking order, but with Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard still ahead of him on the depth chart, Barrett will likely settle into a seventh-inning role. There's some vulture potential here, but not much more.
Barrett's solid performance as the Nats' Double-A closer earned him a spot on the 25-man roster in the offseason, and his impressive fastball/slider arsenal could give him a chance to see late inning work in the majors at some point. The Nats bullpen is deep, but Barrett should find a home in it sooner or later.
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Throws at extended spring training Tuesday
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Elbow
April 18, 2018
Barrett (elbow) threw at extended spring training Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
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Hoping to return to game action this summer
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Elbow
March 27, 2018
Barrett (elbow) was able to throw a few pitches off a mound last week, and he's hoping to pitch in a minor-league game by the summer, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
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Set to resume throwing in July
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Elbow
June 23, 2017
Barrett is set to begin throwing a baseball again in the second week of July, a full year after his second elbow surgery, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
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Joins Nationals on minors deal
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Elbow
April 4, 2017
Barrett (elbow) agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.
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Elects free agency
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Elbow
October 27, 2016
Barrett (elbow) cleared waivers Wednesday and declined an assignment to Triple-A Syracuse, making him a free agent, The Washington Post reports.
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