Tony Barnette
Tony Barnette
34-Year-Old PitcherRP
Texas Rangers
60-Day DL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 3/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After a successful five-year run in Japan, Barnette submitted a strong debut campaign with the Rangers in 2016, resulting in Texas earmarking him for a critical bullpen role ahead of last season. While manager Jeff Banister never wavered from using Barnette in key setup situations, the 34-year-old's numbers took a major hit nonetheless, with his ERA climbing nearly three and a half runs and his WHIP jumping from 1.16 to 1.50. That downturn in performance made it an easy decision for the Rangers to decline Barnette's $4 million option for 2018, but the team saw enough potential in the right-hander's underlying skills to retain him on a discounted deal. Much of Barnette's struggles can be pinned on an abnormally high .348 BABIP and a low 66.5 percent strand rate, so a bounce back in both areas could make him one of the more dependable middle-relief options for the Rangers. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Rangers in December of 2017.
Shut down for season
PTexas Rangers
Shoulder
September 15, 2018
Barnette (shoulder) will not return this season, Katie Woo of MLB.com reports.
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Barnette was placed on the disabled list July 4 after suffering a right shoulder sprain, was transferred to the 60-day DL later in July, and began throwing in August with the intent to return sometime in September. He'll finish with a 2.39 ERA over 26.1 innings with the Rangers.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-29%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .281 231 38 22 57 10 0 6
Since 2016vs Right .236 371 94 21 80 22 1 7
2018vs Left .167 34 5 3 5 2 0 0
2018vs Right .209 70 21 2 14 6 0 2
2017vs Left .319 85 11 11 23 6 0 2
2017vs Right .273 167 46 11 41 11 0 5
2016vs Left .287 112 22 8 29 2 0 4
2016vs Right .205 134 27 8 25 5 1 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-39%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 2.90 1.08 77.2 6 2 1 7.6 2.0 0.9
Since 2016Away 4.21 1.45 66.1 5 2 1 9.0 3.5 0.7
2018Home 2.08 0.85 13.0 1 0 0 6.2 0.0 0.7
2018Away 2.70 0.98 13.1 1 0 0 11.5 3.4 0.7
2017Home 4.20 1.23 30.0 1 1 1 9.0 3.6 1.2
2017Away 6.91 1.79 27.1 1 0 1 8.9 3.3 1.0
2016Home 2.08 1.04 34.2 4 1 0 7.0 1.3 0.8
2016Away 2.10 1.32 25.2 3 2 0 7.7 3.9 0.4
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Stat Review
How does Tony Barnette 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.
K/BB
5.20
 
K/9
8.9
 
BB/9
1.7
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
93.0 mph
 
ERA
2.39
 
WHIP
0.91
 
BABIP
.260
 
GB/FB
1.71
 
Strand %
77.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Barnette returned to the States in 2016 following a five-year stint in Japan, and although he wasn't particularly dominant, there's no denying that he was effective as a member of the Rangers' bullpen. Despite not amassing a huge number of strikeouts, the right-hander displayed good control and, with the good fortune of an 85 percent strand rate, tallied 15 holds on the season. Barnette is on the wrong side of 30 and his FIP sat over a run above his actual ERA, but his 2016 performance has likely earned him a steady role in Texas' bullpen to begin the 2017 season. However, with the numerous options ahead of him in the pecking order, Barnette's role has little room for growth. He will need to keep relying on holds to garner any real value.
Barnette spent four years in the Diamondbacks system before moving to Japan's Yakult Swallows in 2010. After initially struggling as a starter, Barnette found success in the bullpen, culminating in a 1.29 ERA, 41-save performance in 2015. Barnette's style evolved quite a bit over his six seasons in Japan, and in 2015 he added a pause at the height of his delivery — a very Japanese touch. His fastball runs from 90-95 mph and will touch 97. He also features a tight slider and a solid changeup. Look for him to start out in a low-leverage role in a loaded Rangers bullpen after signing a two-year deal in December, with the potential to move to the later innings if his stuff translates against big league hitters.
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Shifts to 60-day DL
PTexas Rangers
Shoulder
July 8, 2018
Barnette (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Sunday.
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Shut down for four weeks
PTexas Rangers
Shoulder
July 4, 2018
Barnette (shoulder) won't throw for another four weeks, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Lands on disabled list
PTexas Rangers
Shoulder
July 4, 2018
Barnette was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a right shoulder strain.
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Suffers shoulder injury
PTexas Rangers
Shoulder
July 3, 2018
Barnette exited Tuesday's game against the Astros with a right shoulder strain, John Blake of the Texas Rangers reports.
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Back from DL on Friday
PTexas Rangers
April 27, 2018
Barnette was activated from the 10-day disabled list Friday.
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