Jacob Barnes
Jacob Barnes
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
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
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$Signed a one-year, $567,600 contract with the Brewers in March of 2019. Waived by the Brewers in August of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the Royals in August of 2019.
Released by Royals
PFree Agent  
November 6, 2019
Barnes was released by the Royals on Wednesday.
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Barnes will become a free agent after passing through waivers unclaimed. The 29-year-old didn't help his case for a major-league contract this offseason by posting a 7.44 ERA in 32.2 major-league innings last season, though he did record an ERA of 4.00 or lower in each of his first three seasons in the league.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
20
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
21
How many pitches does Jacob Barnes generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Jacob Barnes generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-19%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .254 307 70 44 66 14 1 1
Since 2017vs Right .234 374 89 34 78 12 2 18
2019vs Left .228 67 12 10 13 2 0 0
2019vs Right .291 93 20 12 23 4 1 7
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-25%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-18%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-6%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-41%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.95 1.36 86.2 2 4 3 10.1 4.8 0.9
Since 2017Away 5.27 1.56 66.2 2 6 1 8.4 4.3 1.4
2019Home 6.75 1.44 17.1 1 2 0 10.4 5.2 2.1
2019Away 8.22 2.15 15.1 0 3 0 7.0 7.0 1.8
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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.45
 
K/9
8.8
 
BB/9
6.1
 
HR/9
1.9
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
7.44
 
WHIP
1.78
 
BABIP
.325
 
GB/FB
1.76
 
Left On Base
58.1%
 
Exit Velocity
88.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.5%
 
Spin Rate
2388 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
37.4%
 
Swinging Strike
9.2%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jacob Barnes
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Brad Johnson reflects on the early days of the season with a few random thoughts and observations, like the Shohei Otani phenomenon, which has fans and fantasy players alike bedazzled.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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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Designated for assignment
PKansas City Royals  
November 4, 2019
Barnes was designated for assignment by the Royals on Monday.
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Earns promotion to majors
PKansas City Royals  
August 13, 2019
Barnes was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday.
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Claimed by Royals
PKansas City Royals  
August 3, 2019
Barnes was claimed off waivers by the Royals and optioned to Triple-A Omaha.
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Designated for assignment
PMilwaukee Brewers  
August 1, 2019
Barnes was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Thursday.
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Sent down to minors
PMilwaukee Brewers  
June 17, 2019
Barnes was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Monday.
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