When Brayan Pena was signed by this club in the early off-season, there was one objective in mind; for him to become to backup catcher to Devin Mesoraco. Let it be known that Pena has done a fantastic job with the pitchers so far this season, but one pleasant surprise for the Reds thus far, has been the play of the third string and current backup catcher, Tucker Barnhart.
The notion that Barnhart would take Pena’s job this season is for the moment out of the question, but in terms of future playing time, maybe not so much. Though it has only been a couple of games this season, Barnhart has already showed that he can, “Play with the big boys,” in terms of defense. He had a tremendous throw to third base on what seemed to be a stolen base this past week.
Barnhart also made several stops on pitches in the dirt that could have easily gotten away. Let it also be noted that he had his first multi-hit game on Saturday against the Mets. He has a smooth swing and has not jumped at too many pitches; that is a trait that’s very hard to find in young hitters.
Sadly, Barnhart will be sent down to the minors later in the week when the Reds activate catcher Devin Mesoraco. However, the impact he had on the club in his short time will be noted.