Welcome to Appy Astros, a blog dedicated to following current & former Greeneville Astros, the Appalachian League affiliate of the Houston Astros. Here you will find reports on current G-Stros, updates on the development of former G-Stros and occasionally an update on what has happened to the guys who have hung up their spikes.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Barnes Enjoying Playing in the Outback

Brandon Barnes is playing ball this winter in Australia for the Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League. He has had very good games lately.  It all started on Wednesday when he went 3 for 5 with two doubles.  Then Thursday, he went 3 for 5 with a double and two home runs.  The big hit being a three run homer in the top of the 9th to win the game.  Then Friday , he   again went 3 for 5 but with only one extra base hit, a two run HR, but he had four RBI on the day.  That makes him 9 for his last 15 with three doubles, three HR and a 11 RBI.

Maybe most encouraging is the fact that he has only struck out 6 times in 38 at bats.  I know it is a small sample but he struck out 111 times in 423 at bats between AA & AAA last season.  Hope this trend continues for the rest of the ABL season and into spring training.  Maybe he will need to start eating at Outback for pregame meals.

By the way, Jayne over at What the heck, Bobby? is doing a great job of tracking all the Astros farm hands off season activities.  She has cumulative stats for all of the former G-Stros posted on her site and gives daily game reports.

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