Getting to CHS Field

A Whopper of A Signing, Saints Ink Former Marlins Outfielder Kyle Barrett

ST. PAUL, MN June 18, 2018

Through the first month of the season the injuries are piling up for the St. Paul Saints.  They found a solid player who can fill a void in the outfield signing former High-A All-Star, with the Miami Marlins organization, Kyle Barrett.


          The 24-year-old Barrett was at Double-A Jacksonville this season where he hit .228 with 12 RBI in 36 games.  In 101 at bats he scored 12 runs, had five doubles, four triples, was 6-7 in stolen bases, a .292 on base percentage, and a .356 slugging percentage.  Barrett had a four-hit game in the second game of the season at Jackson and stole two bases on two separate occasions. 


          Barrett was a 15th round pick in the First Year Player Draft in 2015 by the Marlins out of the University of Kentucky.  After playing in just four games at Batavia in the New York-Penn League in 2015, due to a broken hand he suffered when diving for a ball, he spent all of 2016 at Single-A Greensboro.  While there, he hit .282 with two home runs and 32 RBI in 101 games.  In 354 at bats he scored 39 runs, ripped 10 doubles, three triples, swiped 17 bases, had a .333 on base percentage, and a .345 slugging percentage.  Barrett finished ninth in the South Atlantic League in batting average.  He hit safely in 15 consecutive road games from May 29-July 3 and reached base safely in 21 straight road games from May 27-July 18.  Barrett had 10, three-hit games, and a four-hit game on June 30 at Lakewood.  He stole two bases twice and had a stolen base in three-straight from June 29-July 3.


          In 2017 Barrett began the season at High-A Jupiter and put up All-Star numbers hitting .297 with 12 RBI in 66 games.  In 266 at bats he scored 26 runs, smacked 10 doubles, one triple, swiped 13 bases, had a .355 on base percentage, and a .342 slugging percentage.  He was selected to the Florida State League All-Star Game in Lakeland.    Barrett had a 10-game hitting streak from April 11-21 and a 12-game hitting streak from May 25-June 6.  He had 21 multi-hit games including four hits on April 21 at Bradenton.  He stole a career high three bases on June 3 at Tampa.  After his impressive first half of the season the Marlins promoted him to Double-A Jacksonville on June 26.  He hit .230 with six RBI in 48 games.  In 126 at bats he scored 15 runs, had five doubles, one triple, a .285 on base percentage, and a .286 slugging percentage.  Barrett collected three hits in his first game at Double-A on June 28 vs. Mobile.  The Jumbo Shrimp made the playoffs, but were eliminated in the semi-finals by the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.


          Barrett spent three seasons at the University of Kentucky where he was named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2013 after hitting .349 to lead the team.  During his junior season Barrett was the Wildcats leadoff hitter and hit .354 with a home run and 26 RBI in 53 games.  He led the SEC in the regular season with 83 hits and was seventh in the conference in batting average.  He reached base safely in 44 of 52 starts and in 111 of 129 games in his career.  During his three years with the Wildcats, Barrett hit .324 with two home runs and 59 RBI while stealing 21 bases.  His 174 hits ranked 22nd in UK history at the time.


          In order to make room for Barrett the Saints released outfielder Jayce Boyd.  He was hitting .270 with a home run and 11 RBI in 24 games.


          The Saints roster stands at 22, 11 pitchers and 11 position players, one shy of the league maximum, with two players on the disabled list.