2013 Stats (High-A/Double-A): 29 SV, 52 IP, 1.21 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, .197 BAA, 59/12 K/BB (52 G)
A third-round draft pick in 2012 out of Arizona State University, Jake Barrett was assigned to Low-A South Bend last summer for his professional debut. Coming off a long and grueling college season, the right-hander struggled in the Midwest League, registering a 5.84 ERA with six saves and 25 strikeouts in 24.2 innings.
This year, however, Barrett has emerged as the lights-out closer that the organization expected and has jumped on the fast track to the major leagues as a result.
The 22-year-old opened his first full professional season with a 1.98 ERA, 15 saves and a 37/9 K/BB ratio in 27.1 innings for High-A Visalia. He promptly moved up to Double-A Mobile in late June, where he was one of the top relievers in the minors during the second half. In 24.2 innings in the Southern League, Barrett put up excellent numbers, with a 0.36 ERA, 14 saves and a stellar 22/3 K/BB ratio spanning 24 appearances.
With a plus fastball-slider combination ideal that results in excessive whiffs and weak contact, Barrett could still be called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks following the conclusion of the Southern League playoffs. And if that were ultimately the case, the right-hander and his plus fastball-slider combination would be a welcomed addition to the team’s bullpen.