The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced that they have signed outfielder Barrett Branes, who spent 2019 in the New York Mets’ farm system, to a contract for the 2020 season.
Barnes, 28, re-joins the Skeeters after appearing in 98 games with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, matching his career-high of 12 home runs, originally set with the Skeeters in 2018. Barnes, a Sugar Land, TX, native, also drove in 50 runs along with tallying 17 doubles and 46 walks in 311 at-bats in 96 tilts.
While with Sugar Land in ’18, Barnes hit .243/.393/.393 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI (both career-highs at the time) and also theft 24 bases.
Barnes — a former first-round (45th overall) selection of the Pittsburg Pirates in 2012 MLB Draft out of Texas Tech — spent six seasons in their system, reaching as high as the Triple-A level. He was voted a Pirates MiLB.com Organizational All-Star in 2016 after clubbing .306/.377/.477 in 124 games with the Double-A Altoona Curve.
Over eight seasons at the professional level, Barnes has totaled a .slash line of 262/.368/.416 with 55 dingers and 255 RBI in 563 contests. He has made 288 of his professional career appearances in left field.
Barnes is the nephew of late Mets pitcher Anthony Young.
— Jerry Del Priore