Austin Scott Barnes...married to Nicole...resides in Riverside, CA...2008 graduate of Riverside Poly High School (CA), where he earned four varsity letters in baseball and was a team captain in his senior season...was a three-time All-County and two-time All-League honoree and named first-team All-CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) and All-State in 2007 as a junior...also named team and league MVP as a junior...attended Arizona State University, where he earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors following his junior season (2011), as well as garnering Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors after sophomore campaign (2010)... uncle is former Major Leaguer, Mike Gallego...selected by the Marlins in the ninth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
In his first full Major League season, he hit .289 with 15 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 38 RBI and four stolen bases in 102 games...posted a .408 on-base percentage, as he drew 39 walks against striking out just 43 times...Finished 10th in the Majors (min. 100 AB) with a .321 (35-for-109) average against right-handed pitchers...his .290 average (9-for-31) as a pinch-hitter was tied for 10th best in the big leagues...Hit .320 with runners on-base, while batting .328 with runners in scoring position...Appeared in 55 games (49 starts) at catcher, while also playing 21 games (four starts) at second base and one game at third base...posted a .994 fielding percentage at catcher, recording just three errors in 438.1 innings...his 3.74 catcher ERA ranked eighth best in the Majors (min. 400 INN)...Belted his first big league home run on April 15, a solo shot off Patrick Corbin that hit the left field foul pole in the second inning...Recorded his first career multi-homer game on June 30 at SD with his first career grand slam in the first inning and a three- run shot in the sixth...collected a career-high seven RBI and according to Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first Dodger catcher to hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in the same game...Appeared in all 15 postseason games (13 starts), hitting .217 with two doubles, one home run and five RBI...had reached base safely in his first four plate appearances to begin the postseason and according to Stats LLC., he became the first Dodger to reach in four straight plate appearances to begin a postseason since Sandy Amoros in the 1955 World Series (five straight).
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, but went 5-for-32 with a double and two RBI in 21 games in four stints with the Dodgers...made his first-career Opening Day roster...Made seven starts, five at catcher and two at second base…overall, appeared in nine games at catcher, seven at second base and one at third base...Selected to the Dodgers' NLDS roster vs. Washington and appeared in two games off the bench in the series...At Triple-A, hit .295 with 22 doubles, five triples, six homers and 39 RBI in 85 games...posted a .380 on-base percentage, which would have ranked eighth in the Pacific Coast League if he had at-bats to qualify…batted .385 (30-for-78) with runners in scoring position...Stole 18 bases, while only being caught three times...With OKC, appeared in 63 games (62 starts) at catcher and 15 games (13 starts) at second base.
Saw his first big league action, going 6-for-29 (.207) with two doubles and an RBI along with a .361 on-base percentage in 20 games with Los Angeles. ... Appeared in 11 games (seven starts) at catcher, one game at third base and one start at second base…became the first Dodger to play catcher, third base and second base since Trent Hubbard in 1998-99, and the first to play catcher and second base in the same season since Derrel Thomas in 1980. ... Made his MLB debut on May 24 vs. the Padres, collecting his first big league hit on that day with a single in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Dale Thayer. ... Appeared in 81 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City and batted a team-best .315 with nine home runs and 42 RBI…he also drew 35 walks, with only 36 strikeouts, while posting a .389 on-base percentage. ... In the minors, batted .319 with runners in scoring position (23-for-72)... Played exclusively at catcher in the minors, with 78 games behind the plate... He was honored as a post-season All-Pacific Coast League team and a midseason Pacific Coast League All-Star…also selected by Baseball America as a Triple-A All-Star.
Posted career-highs in runs (80), home runs (13), walks (69) and stolen bases (11) while splitting time between Single-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville...Was named Southern League Player of the Week for July 14-20, hitting .421 (8-for-19) in six games with seven runs, three homers and seven RBI...Also named Organizational Player of the Month for July, hitting .330/.448/.540 with 16 runs, six doubles, five home runs, 16 RBI, 19 walks and four stolen bases...Started games at four different positions with Jacksonville, including: second base (30 games), catcher (29), third base (15) and designated hitter (four)...Was named a Florida State League midseason All-Star, hitting .317 (57-for-180) with 11 doubles, one home run, and 14 RBI with Jupiter before being promoted to Jacksonville on June 1...Hit .333 (10-for-30) in seven playoff games during Jacksonville's Southern League Championship run, with six runs, two home runs and six RBI • Acquired by the Dodgers on Dec. 10 along with Kike Hernandez, Chris Hatcher and Andrew Heaney in exchange for infielder Dee Gordon, right-handed pitcher Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and cash considerations
Combined to hit .272 (112x412) between Single-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville...Opened season and spent majority of campaign with Hammerheads, batting .260 (91x350) with 15 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 38 RBI in 98 games...Started season with .367 average (29x79) in 21 April contests. Hit just .229 (62x271) over remainder of time with Jupiter...Posted season-best five hits in 5x5 effort on July 19 vs. Tampa...Doubled and drove in three runs, including go-ahead, two-run double in eighth inning...Had two four-hit games, going 4x5 on April 28 vs. Dunedin and 4x4 on May 4 at Charlotte...Had total of 21 multi-hit games with Hammerheads...Drove in season-best three runs on April 26 vs. Palm Beach, and equaled total on July 19 vs. Tampa...Made 62 starts at catcher, appearing behind plate total of 64 times, owning .242 average (57x236) when catching...Appeared as designated hitter 32 times, posting a .295 mark (33x112)...Earned Florida State League Midseason All-Star honors...Promoted to Jacksonville on August 6 and in 19 games with Suns, posted .339 average (21x62) with two doubles, two triples, one home run and seven RBI...Over first four professional games at Double-A level, tallied just one hit in nine at-bats (.091), a double on Aug. 9 at Pensacola...From Aug. 10 forward, tallied at least one hit in 10 of final 15 games, batting .377 (20x53)...Recorded five hits in seven plate appearances on Aug. 10 at Pensacola...Seven of 11 games with a hit were multi-hit efforts...Made 11 appearances as catcher, four at second base and four as designated hitter.
Led the Single-A South Atlantic League in hits (152) and Greensboro in total bases (230), earning league mid-season and post-season All-Star honors.
Started his professional career with short-season Jamestown, appearing in 31 games at catcher, 15 games as the designated hitter and 12 games at second base.