In-Season Splits: Daric Barton

Throughout the season, we will take a look at the in-season splits for various Oakland A's prospects. For our first "In-Season Splits" article, we take a look at Sacramento River Cats first baseman Daric Barton.

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Lefties, No Problem

Unlike many young left-handed hitters, Daric Barton isn't having any trouble hitting lefties so far this season. In 14 at-bats, Barton has six hits (.429 BA), including a double, a triple and a grand-slam homerun (his only homer of the season thus far). Barton has also walked four times against lefties and he has yet to strike out.

Against righties this season, Barton has been human. In 47 at-bats, Barton has 13 hits (.277 BA) and an equal number of extra-base hits as he has against lefties (one double and two triples). Barton has walked 13 times against righties and has struck out 11 times. This is a change from last season, when Barton hit righties 20 points better than he hit lefties.

Home Not So Sweet Home

Sacramento's Raley Field has generally played slightly in favor of the hitters, but Barton hasn't taken full advantage of the home cooking yet. In 24 at-bats at home, Barton is six for 24 (.250 BA) with one double, one triple and his grand-slam. He has had his good batting eye at Raley, however, as he has walked ten times versus four strikeouts.

On the road, Barton is a healthy 13-37 (.351 BA) on the road. He has yet to homer away from Raley, but he does have two triples and a double. One caveat on Barton's away numbers: four of those games were at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, which is a Coors Field-esque hitters' park. Barton went 7-15 at Cashman over the past four days.

Where Is He Hitting?

Barton is the River Cats middle of the order force, but he has actually hit better in the fifth and sixth spots this season then he has in the three-hole. In 15 at-bats out of the three-hole, Barton has only two singles. However, in 17 at-bats in the fifth spot, Barton is 6-17 with two extra-base hits and in the sixth spot, Barton is a red-hot 11-29 with three extra-base hits. Oddly enough, Barton struggled in the third hole last season as well, hitting under .200 in just 39 at-bats. However, he mashed in the fourth slot for Stockton and in the fifth slot for Midland, so he should get comfortable in the middle of the order for Sacramento soon.

Run Producer

Before the season, Sacramento manager Tony DeFrancesco said that the River Cats were going to be counting on Barton to drive in a lot of runs. So far this season, Barton is living up to his manager's expectations as a run producer. With the bases loaded, Barton is 2-4 with a grand-slam and five RBI. With runners in scoring position, Barton has seven hits in 20 at-bats (.350 BA) with nine RBI and three walks. With runners in scoring position and two-outs, Barton is a clutch 4-11 with eight RBI and a walk, and with runners on and two-outs, Barton is 4-12 with eight RBI and three walks.

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