Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 226 of 286.
Andrew Kyle Barrett is a 5’11”, 175 lb. lefty batting, righty throwing outfielder from Douglasville, Georgia. Douglasville was also the origin of three former major leaguers, including Matt Capps. Born on August 4th, 1993, Barrett was chosen in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Entry Draft by the Miami Marlins, with the 446th overall choice out of the University of Kentucky.
In three seasons of Division I ball for the Wildcats, Barrett appeared in 145 contests and slashed .324/.386/.391 with 59 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
Players chosen 446th overall are historically 14 percent likely to reach the major leagues, or eight-of-54. The most prolific of the eight who have made it, by a wide margin, is Dennis Cook (1985, San Francisco Giants, 10.6 career WAR).
After his selection, Barrett came to terms with the Miami Marlins and signed for a $75,000 bonus. He first reported to the Batavia Muckdogs, in the short-season-A New York-Penn League. Barrett went one-for-11 in four games, but didn’t get a great deal of onfield professional experience in 2015.
In 2016, Barrett spent his season with the single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League. He played 101 games, ranking fifth on the team, and hit .282/.333/.345 with two homers and 32 RBI. Barrett stole 17 bases and was caught five times, striking out 67 times and drawing 25 walks over 393 plate appearances. Defensively, Barrett played 787 innings in the outfield, mostly in left, and posted a .982 fielding percentage.
Barrett started 2017 with the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League, and ended it with the double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, in the Southern League. Between the two levels, he totaled a .276/.333/.324 slashline, with 18 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 23 attempts.
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Barrett remained on the Jumbo Shrimp to start 2018, and hit 23-for-101 over 36 contests. He hit five doubles and four triples, slashing .228/.292/.356 and scoring 12 runs. He also knocked 12 in, and stole six bases. On April 6th, Barrett led off and hit four singles, scoring twice in a 14-6 loss to the Jackson Generals. Aside from that, he only totaled three two-hit games, and went hitless in over half of his appearances. The Miami Marlins released Barrett on June 2nd.
Barrett later signed with the St. Paul Saints, a team in the independent American Association. He slashed .338/.399/.457 in 57 games, with four homers and 29 RBI. He also stole another 17 bases.
The road back to major league affiliated ball often rolls through St. Paul, and Barrett may prove no exception. He is free to resume a career with a major league organization, should one come calling.
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