Jacob Barnes
Jacob Barnes
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Despite a rough spring, Barnes broke camp in the Brewers' bullpen and picked up an Opening Day save in an extra-inning affair. Barnes was then part of the committee employed by Craig Counsell when Corey Knebel was sidelined. After a couple of blown saves, Barnes was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and made the trip from the minors to the majors a few times over the course of the summer. After garnering 24 holds in 2017, Barnes was used primarily in lower-leverage scenarios, logging only four holds last season. Persistent control issues combined with a high .325 BABIP led to an excess of baserunners. The previous season, Barnes sported a 26.2 K%, but last year, it was just 21.7%. Counsell runs a fluid bullpen, so Barnes will have a chance to reestablish a late-inning role, but unless he cranks up the whiffs again, his fantasy value will be minimal. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Brewers in February of 2018.
Tosses clean frame in victory
PMilwaukee Brewers
September 26, 2018
Barnes tossed a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's 12-4 victory over the Cardinals.
Tuesday's game was well out of reach when Barnes entered the game, but he still locked up the victory without issue. It's been an up-and-down season for Barnes, who owns a 1.51 ERA over his 48 appearances, but he has done a good job keeping runs off the board, posting a 3.35 ERA overall and a 2.38 ERA since the All-Star break.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .271 289 65 39 67 14 1 2
Since 2016vs Right .211 338 88 23 65 11 1 11
2018vs Left .298 100 19 15 25 3 1 0
2018vs Right .241 117 28 8 26 3 1 4
2017vs Left .235 140 39 19 28 9 0 1
2017vs Right .199 164 41 14 29 5 0 7
2016vs Left .318 49 7 5 14 2 0 1
2016vs Right .185 57 19 1 10 3 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
ERA at Home
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ERA at Home
ERA on Road
Since 2016Home 3.46 1.33 80.2 1 3 3 10.0 4.4 0.7
Since 2016Away 3.65 1.31 66.2 2 3 2 8.5 3.1 0.9
2018Home 3.42 1.59 26.1 0 1 1 8.9 5.5 0.7
2018Away 3.22 1.43 22.1 0 0 1 8.5 2.8 0.8
2017Home 3.14 1.19 43.0 1 1 2 10.7 4.2 0.6
2017Away 5.28 1.34 29.0 2 3 0 9.0 4.0 1.6
2016Home 4.76 1.24 11.1 0 1 0 10.3 2.4 0.8
2016Away 1.17 1.04 15.1 0 0 1 7.6 1.8 0.0
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How does Jacob Barnes compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Barnes played a key role out of the Brewers' bullpen a year ago, finishing second on the team in appearances and working in either the seventh or eighth innings for the bulk of the campaign. He will head into 2018 in a similar spot, and there is a chance he could open as the setup man in front of closer Corey Knebel. Barnes was dominant for the first two months last year -- he owned 2.77 ERA at the end of May -- but he faded a bit over the second half in his first full season in the big leagues. Still, he averaged over a strikeout per inning and nearly 97 mph on his fastball, so he will have several likable traits if for any reason he finds himself in the mix for saves in 2018.
Barnes has steadily climbed the Brewers' minor league ladder since being drafted in the 14th round (431 overall) of the 2011 draft. He has consistently posted excellent strikeout rates with decent control and good home run suppression, and that was enough to earn him a June callup. Barnes finished with a sharp 2.70 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26.2 innings, but he was particularly excellent following the All-Star break. In those final 14 appearances, Barnes allowed just two earned runs for a 1.42 EERA and held opponents to a .239/.271/.283 batting line. His fastball averaged a healthy 95.6 mph and his slider drew whiffs nearly 30 percent of the time. If he can continue to control his slider like he did in 2016, Barnes could have a lengthy future in Milwaukee's bullpen.
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Called up from minors
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 30, 2018
Barnes was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday.
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Sent down to Triple-A
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 13, 2018
Barnes was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.
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Promoted to majors
PMilwaukee Brewers
August 4, 2018
The Brewers recalled Barnes from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PMilwaukee Brewers
July 27, 2018
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Tosses clean frame
PMilwaukee Brewers
July 3, 2018
Barnes tossed a scoreless inning in the Brewers' extra-inning victory over the Twins on Monday.
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