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Pirates Prospect Interview: Barrett Barnes

A healthy Barrett Barnes is putting up big numbers at Class AA Altoona. The former 45th-overall pick out of Texas Tech was sidelined by hamstring, shin and back injuries. After posting a .288 batting average with Short-Season Class A State College in 2012, The outfielder played a combined 63 games over his next two seasons. Barnes is batting .306 with eight home runs and 41 RBI with the Curve. PiratesDugout.com spoke with Barnes recently.

PD – After all the injury problems you have to be so pleased to be healthy?

BB – “I'm glad, I'm grateful and I don't want to stop. I want to play a full season.

PD – You batted .404 in the month of July and continue to hit well in August. What has been the key for you?

BB – For me it's just been relaxing, trusting the things that got me here and not trying to be somebody I'm not. I got in trouble with that earlier in the year and I took a step back and I'm just going to try and be who I was when I was 17 or 18 years old and just have fun and God willing I've been successful.

PD – Talk about your approach at the plate, are you doing anything different?

BB – The approach is the same. I'm trusting myself and not trying to do too much. We all get in trouble if we try to do too much, try to hit the ball too hard. I've just been trying to make solid contact and it's been working out for me.

PD – Barnes uncle is former major league pitcher Anthony Young. Do you use him as a resource in your development as a player?

BB – I talk to him a lot. To pick up the phone and talk to a big leaguer who has been around it, you can't really put an amount of gratitude toward the situation and opportunity.

PD – This season has been a big step forward for you hasn't it?

BB – I'm striving to get better on a day-to-day basis and a month-to-month basis and it's a work in progress, there's a lot of things you can do that can get you to Pittsburgh and on that field and that caliber of play. Those are things we're all working for. All you can ask for in this game is a shot.

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