Joseph Israel Barlow…went 3-3 with a 2.12 ERA (11 ER/46.2 IP) and 51 strikeouts over 13 games/seven starts as a sophomore at Salt Lake Community College… signed by TEX scout Josh Simpson on 6/14/16…also started 25 games behind the plate for the Bruins…was a 2014 All-State selection at Riverton (Utah) High School…has seven brothers and three sisters.
Recalled from Round Rock (AAA) on 6/23, Barlow emerged as one of the Rangers’ top relievers in his rookie season, posting a 1.55 ERA (5 ER/29.0 IP) and 11 saves over 31 G for Texas in his 1st ML action…ranked among MLB leaders (min. 30 G) in opp. BA (1st), OBP (3rd), SLG (3rd), OPS (3rd), WHIP (3rd, 0.83), and ERA (8th)…finished with the lowest opp. BA (.124) and 5th-lowest ERA (1.55) all-time among Texas pitchers with 30+ appearances in a season…on 10-day IL, 8/20-29, w/ blister on right index finger…struck out club-record eight consecutive batters (7/24-8/2), surpassing previous mark that had been held by Nolan Ryan (7/7/91) and Neftali Feliz (8/7-13/09).
SAVES: His 11 saves were 2nd-most on club (16-Ian Kennedy), 2nd-most among MLB rookies in 2021 (24-Emmanuel Clase, CLE), and 2nd-most ever by a Texas rookie (40-Neftali Feliz, 2010)…finished 11-for-12 (91.7%) in save tries, converting final eight chances following lone blown save on 9/1 vs. COL…had the 5th-highest save percentage among MLB pitchers with at least 10 save chances…the only Texas rookie to ever finish with a higher save pct. than Barlow (min. 10 chances) was Feliz in 2010 (40-for-43, 93%)…tied for A.L. lead with eight saves in Sept., most by a Ranger in a month since Keone Kela in June 2018 (8)…saved eight of Rangers’ final 10 wins beg. 9/8.
DAY BY DAY: Opponents scored in just one of 1st 16 G in Majors (0.61 ERA, 1 R-ER/14.2 IP), then gave up runs in 2 of 3 G spanning IL stint from 8/19-9/1 (7 R-3 ER, 3.2 IP)…compiled a 13.2-inning scoreless streak from 7/7-8/19, the 4th-longest streak by a Ranger in 2021 and longest by a reliever…beginning 9/5, had a 0.84 ERA (1 ER/10.2 IP) in final 12 app.
MISCELLANEOUS: Limited opponents to a .124/.216/.216/.433 (12-97) slash line with five extra-base hits (2 HR, 3 2B)…allowed runs in four of 31 G…selected Rangers Sept./Oct. Player of the Month by the writers and broadcasters that cover the team on a regular basis…spent balance of season with Round Rock, going 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA (6 ER/21.0 IP), seven saves, a 0.762 WHIP figure, and 12.4 SO/9 in 17 G…at the time of his MLB promotion, his seven saves were tied for Triple-A West league lead…had 3.38 ERA (3 ER/8.0 IP) over 6 Alternate Training Site outings with Round Rock before minor league season.
A non-roster invitee to ML Spring Training for the 1st time, he did not see official game action after minor league season was canceled due to pandemic…was 0-0, 5.40 (2 ER/3.1 IP) over four G in Cactus League, assigned to minor league camp on 3/11, date of final game before the shutdown…did not participate with Alternate Site group or in Fall Developmental League.
Recorded 14.68 strikeouts per 9 innings (93 SO/57.0 IP) across 3 levels of the Texas farm system, the 6th-highest rate among minor league pitchers with at least 50.0 IP...named the best reliever in the Carolina League in Baseball America's annual Best Tools survey after posting a .132/.269/.197/.466 opp. slash line over 17 appearances at Down East…honored with organization's internal Reliever of the Month award for May, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/14.0 IP) and 4 BB/25 SO… allowed 0 ER in 15 consecutive outings from 4/10-5/27 and struck out 37 of 79 (46.8%) batters faced during that stretch... saw action in 13 games with Double-A Frisco from 5/30-7/11 and ranked among Texas League leaders (min. 15.0 IP) in SO/9 (2nd, 15.19), opp. AVG (3rd, .118), and ERA (T5th, 1.13) over that span...made his Nashville debut on 7/15 and proceeded to fan 22 batters over 17.1 IP (11.42 SO/9) in his 1st career stint at the Triple-A level…right-handed batters slashed .176/.289/.294/.583 (21-119) on the season compared to .225/.392/.275/.667 (18-80) line by left-handed opponents.