|Brandon Barnes runs the bases at Spring Training 2013 (photo property of AppyAstros)|
Last year, Brandon Barnes was called up on August 7th. He appeared in 43 games the rest of the season and had 105 plate appearances. This season, he started the season on the roster and so far, out of the 41 games the Astros have played, he has appeared in 27 of those with 68 plate appearances. Yet, in just 65% of the plate appearances, Barnes is meeting or exceeding his offensive production numbers from last season. Here is the break down:
He already has more runs, RBI, HR, stolen bases, walks and total bases in less games than he played last season. He is one hit away from equaling his hit total from last season.
Digging deeper into his stats, you can't dispute the platoon system where he is playing against lefties. He is hitting .400 in 36 plate appearances against lefties compared to .241 in 32 plate appearances against right handed pitchers. All of his extra base hits have come against lefties.