Graduated from Brownsburg (IN) High School, where as a freshman and sophomore he caught Drew Storen’s junior and senior seasons...Barnhart and Storen were teammates on the 2017 Reds...follow on Twitter @Tucker_Barnhart.
Won his second Rawlings Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence (2017)... Became only the 27th Major League catcher ever to win more than one Rawlings Gold Glove Award... Was rated by Sports Info Solutions the best defensive catcher in the Major Leagues in total runs saved (9)... For the fifth consecutive season led Reds catchers in starts (33) and innings caught (272.1)... During the regular season Reds pitchers went 16-17 in his starts and posted a 3.87 ERA while he caught... caught two of the staff's five shutouts... During the regular season, threw out the last 4 base runners attempting to steal and 8 of 21 overall (38%)... In 17 apps in September during the Postseason push posted a .595 slugging percentage and .943 OPS... Six of his last nine hits of the regular season were extra-base hits (double, home run, home run, double, single, single, home run, home run, single)... In the fifth inning of the 4-3 walk-off win on 9/2 vs StL, his two-run HR off starter Johan Oviedo tied the score at 3-3...in the third inning of the 6-2 win on 9/5 at Pit, his solo HR gave the Reds a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish... In the last three innings of the 16-2 loss on 9/1 vs StL played 1B, his 15th career appearance at that position (11g in 2018, 3g in 2019)...played 1B again in the regular season finale on 9/27 at Min, when he played that position the last 4 innings of the 10-inning, 5-3 win... In the 9-6 loss on 8/13 vs Pit, in the 600th appearance of his Major League career, led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run off Keone Kela that snapped his career-high hitless streak at 22 at bats. From 7/25-7/27 missed the Reds' second, third and fourth games of the season while on the paternity list...made his season debut in a 12-7 win on 7/29 vs Cubs... In Game 1 of the National League Wild Card Series at Atl caught the last seven innings of the 13-inning, 1-0 loss...was the longest 1-0 game in Postseason history... Started Game 2 of the Wild Card Series at Atl, a 5-0 loss... For the second time in his career was the Reds' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for his character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions on and off the field...also was nominated in 2018... Was on the Reds’ Opening Day roster for the fifth straight season and for the sixth time overall (2014, 2016-2020).
For the second time received the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award in voting of the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America...also won the award in 2016 ... Was on the Reds' Opening Day roster for the fourth straight season and for the fifth time overall (2014, 2016-2019) ... With 11 HR established a new career high ... For the fourth consecutive season led Reds catchers in starts (87) and innings caught (773.0) ... Reds pitchers went 42-45 in his starts and posted a 4.16 ERA when he caught (773ip)...threw out 11-52 runners attempting to steal (21%) ... On 4/30 at NYM, pinch hit and caught the last 2 innings in the 500th appearance of his Major League career ... In the 6-4 win on 8/4 vs Atl, his 3-run HR in the 10th inning off Shane Greene snapped the 3-3 tie ... In the 8-4 win on 8/6 vs LAA produced his first career 2-homer game (off Justin Anderson, Ty Buttrey) ... On 8/15 vs StL made his 500th career appearance as a catcher...is approaching 500 career starts at that position (492) ... In the 8-5 win on 9/4 vs Phi made his first career start batting cleanup...was his 486th career start...made is only other start batting fourth in the order on 9/8 vs Ari ... From 6/28-7/25 missed 22 games while on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain...hit .191 (5hr, 18rbi) in 60 apps before he went on the IL and .273 (6hr, 22rbi, .367obp) in 54 apps after he was reinstated on 7/26 ... On 9/5, the former switch hitter began batting only lefthanded.
Established career highs in games, at bats, runs, hits, triples, HR, walks, total bases and extra-base hits...was the Reds' nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award for representing baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, on and off the field...for the third consecutive season led Reds catchers in starts (113)...the Reds went 47-66 in his starts behind the plate and posted a 4.93 ERA while he caught (991ip)...threw out 13-64 base runners attempting to steal (20%)...caught Homer Bailey's complete game...started 4 of the staff's 6 team shutouts...led the team in starts at 2 spots in the batting order, sixth (40gs) and seventh (33gs)...also hit second (32gs), fifth (7gs) and eighth (7gs)...from 5/22-7/8 made 31 consecutive starts batting second, his first career starts at that spot in the order...his 32 starts overall batting second were the most by a Reds catcher in that spot in the order since Smoky Burgess made 56 starts there in 1955...on 7/20 vs Pit made his last start of the season batting second...made his first career apps at first base (11g, 6gs)...started at that position in 5 of the Reds' 12 games from 8/17-8/29, while Joey Votto was disabled...made his other and most recent start at first base on 9/23 at Mia...in pre-game ceremonies on 4/14 received his 2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award, then led off the fifth inning of that afternoon's game with a homer off StL's Miles Mikolas...from 5/7-5/14 produced at least 1 extra-base hit in 6 consecutive apps (11-23, .478, 4 2b, 1 3b, 1hr, 6rbi, .870slg, .520obp)...was the longest active streak in the Major Leagues when snapped and the longest extra-base hit streak by a Reds batter since Jay Bruce's 7-game streak from 6/20-6/26, 2014...his 2-run HR off Chris Stratton on 5/14 at SF was the 300th hit of his career...in the 8-4 loss on 9/28 vs Pit produced 5 hits and 10 total bases, both career highs...was 1 of 3 Reds batters in 2018 with 5 hits in a game (José Peraza, Scooter Gennett) and 1 of 2 with 10 total bases in a game (Peraza)...in the fifth inning of the 6-2 loss on 8/4 at Wsh, following Matt Adams' leadoff HR off Matt Harvey, was ejected for the first time in his career (HP umpire Andy Fletcher, arguing balls and strikes).
Became only the third catcher in Reds history to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence, joining Johnny Edwards (1963, 1964) and 10-time winner Johnny Bench (1968-1977)...established a new single-season franchise record for highest fielding percentage by a catcher (.999) and tied Brayan Pena's 2015 club mark for fewest errors in a season by a catcher (1e, 953tc)...led Major League catchers in fielding percentage (.999, 1e, 953tc), caught stealings (28) and assists (89)...led NL catchers in blocked pitches (661)...with a 2.8 Defensive WAR as calculated by Baseball Reference, led all NL position players and ranked second among all Major League players (SS Andrelton Simmons 4.2)...as calculated by Fangraphs, led all Major League catchers in defensive value and in defensive runs saved...committed his only error of the season in his 53rd appearance behind the plate (7/7 at Ari, SB/E2)...that 52-game errorless streak was the longest of his career, but then after that miscue finished the season with another 57 consecutive scoreless defensive apps to establish another career best...made a team-high 104 starts batting eighth in the order and 1 start batting seventh (9/21 vs StL)...caught 7 of the staff's 8 shutouts and Scott Feldman's 4-0 complete game on 5/7 vs SF...established new career highs in games, hits, doubles, triples, walks, total bases, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS while tying his career high in HR...for the second consecutive season led Reds catchers in starts (105)...in his last 30 apps of the season beginning 8/19 hit .301 (7 2b, 1 3b, 2hr, 15rbi, 2sb, .462slg, .394obp)...his 444-foot HR on 5/16 at Wrigley Field off John Lackey was the longest of his career...on 6/20 at TB, for the first time in his career produced 3 hits and 2 extra-base hits in a game (double, triple)...became the first Reds catcher with 3 hits and a triple in a game since Ramon Hernandez on 6/28/09 at Cle...in the 10-5 win on 9/10 at NYM produced a 2-run double, 3-run HR and a career-high 5 RBI...made his second straight Opening Day roster and third overall (2014, 2016, 2017)...from 8/31-9/2 was on the paternity list for the birth of son Tatum Elliot...on 9/22 signed a 4-year contract extension through the 2021 season with a club option for 2022.
Won the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award in voting of the local chapter of the BBWAA...in May became the Reds' starting catcher following Devin Mesoraco's season-ending shoulder injury and established career highs in almost every statistical category...hit .355 with RISP (33-93), second-highest on the club to Joey Votto (.356)...in his last 63 apps of the season beginning 6/24 hit .273 (57-209, 15 2b, 5hr, 41rbi), raising his BA from .238 to season-ending .257 and including a career-high 12-game hitting streak (7/31-8/16)...hit .271 batting lefthanded (5hr, 44rbi) and .207 batting righthanded (2hr, 7rbi)...started Brandon Finnegan's complete game on 5/23 at LAD and 5 of the team's 8 shutouts...Reds pitchers went 46-60 in his starts and posted a 5.04 ERA while he caught...threw out 24-68 baserunners attempting to steal (27%)...from 7/15-7/29, made 9 starts behind the plate in which Reds pitchers went 9-0, 2.00...his RBI-single off Christian Bergman in the ninth inning of the 6-5 win on 4/20 vs Col was the first walkoff hit of his career and 1 of 6 walkoff hits by the Reds...with 2 outs in the seventh inning of the 3-2 win on 5/9 vs Pit, hit his first professional home run as a righthanded batter to snap the 2-2 tie (off Jonathan Niese)...in the 5-3 win on 7/6 at Cubs, his 3-run HR in the seventh inning off Trevor Cahill erased a 3-1 deficit and gave the Reds a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish...was his first career home run with a runner on base...in the 6-3 win on 8/15 vs Mia hit his first Major League grand slam (Jose Urena) and produced a career-high 4 RBI...on 7/2 at Wsh recorded his first career stolen base...from 8/26-8/31 missed 6g with a chip fracture, right middle finger.
In his second Major League season made 67 starts behind the plate, second on the club to Brayan Pena's 84 starts...Reds pitchers went 25-42 in his starts and posted a 4.91era while he caught...threw out 14-50 baserunners attempting to steal (28%)... caught Mike Leake's complete game on 4/19 at StL (2-1 loss) and caught 5 of the team's 8 shutouts...hit .269 vs RHP...began the season at Louisville...was promoted on 4/17, when Kyle Skipworth was optioned and following the hip injury to Devin Mesoraco...spent the rest of the season in Cin...from 4/29-5/16 hit .368 during a career-high 7-game hitting streak (2hr, 3rbi)...in the 10th inning on 7/19 vs Cle pinch hit and then played RF, his first professional appearance at a position other than catcher and the first outfield appearance of his life...in the makeup game on 9/28 at Wsh singled with 1 out in the eighth inning to break up Max Scherzer's no-hitter.
Made his first Opening Day roster when Devin Mesoraco began the season the disabled list...spent most of the season at Class AAA Louisville but in his Major League debut made 21 apps and 14 starts behind the plate in his 5 stints with the Reds (Opening Day-4/6, 4/26-5/17, 7/6-7/10, 8/9-8/17, 9/2-end of season)...while with the Bats threw out 35 percent of the baserunners attempting to steal (26-75), fourth-best in the International League, and picked off 5 runners...for the Reds threw out the last 5 runners attempting to steal and 8-11 overall...made his Major League debut in a start on 4/3 vs StL and threw out John Jay trying to steal third base...in his second start, on 4/5 at NYM, singled twice off Dillon Gee for his first career hits...in the fifth inning of the 8-3 win on 5/1 vs Mil tied the score at 2-2 with his first Major League home run (solo off Marco Estrada)...during spring training wore uniform number 68.
Spent the season at Class AA Pensacola, where he was a mid-season Southern League All-Star...ranked T2nd on the club in doubles and third in RBI...the first week of July was disabled with a strained left hamstring...following the season played for Glendale in the prestigious Arizona Fall League (16g, .245, 3 2b, 2rbi)...on 11/20 was added to the 40-man roster.
Made 59 apps at Class A Bakersfield and in his Class
AA debut played in 41g at Pensacola...was rated by California League
managers the best defensive catcher in the CL...while at Bakersfield
was the organization's Minor League Player of the Month for June
(19g, .382, 3hr, 12rbi, 1.057ops).
Spent the season at Class A Dayton...received
Minor League Baseball's prestigious Rawlings Gold Glove Award
and was rated by Baseball America the best defensive catcher in the
organization...committed just 2 errors...from 5/13-5/31 hit .395 during
a season-high 13-game hitting streak...hit his first 3 professional home
runs, on 5/7 at West Michigan off Kevin Eichhorn, 6/30 vs Bowling
Green off Eliazer Suero and 8/26 at Great Lakes off Tim Sexton.
Hit .305 in 35 apps for rookie Billings in the Pioneer League
Began his professional career with
Sarasota in the rookie Gulf Coast League.