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We know about Brian Jordan, Ryan Langerhans, and Jeff Francoeur, but what about John Barnes, Esix Snead, and Roosevelt Brown? John Barnes has had some good years in the minors; good enough to find a job in the majors but he hasn't gotten one. I don't know if that's because he's gotten stuck behind good players, if his defense is weak, or because of another reason. He's done a lot of bouncing around in recent years. Most of his career he's been in the Twins organization. He has also been in the Red Sox, Rockies, Pirates, and Dodgers organizations. He is 28 years old and will turn 29 in April; he bats and throws right-handed. He could be useful as a pinch hitter off the bench in the majors. He'll probably start at Richmond. Esix Snead is another 28 year old outfielder. He's a different style player than Barnes, who is a power hitter. Snead is a speedy player. In fact, he stole 109 bases one year. The problem is he doesn't seem to get on base much. His highest batting average in his first 4 years in the minor leagues was .235. He had a fairly decent walk rate until he got to AA as a 24 year old and walked 44 times while striking out 115 times. These numbers are nothing close to what you want out of the leadoff hitter type. His first year at AAA at age 26 he posted numbers of .220/.287/.294. Last year he was much better with numbers of .264/.348/.316. He didn't hit a single home run, but at least he got on base some. He stole 40 bases. If he makes the major league team, his primary use will be to pinch run and be a defensive replacement. He'll likely begin at Richmond. He is a switch-hitter and throws right-handed. Roosevelt Brown is a former Brave prospect. He's had some good years in the minors, spent time in the majors with the Cubs, and has played in Japan recently. In 2003, he hit .307/.392/.539 with 28 homers and 93 RBI for the Orix Blue Wave. He should start at Richmond. He'll turn 30 this year; he bats left-handed and throws right-handed. In my last posts naming the players battling for positions, I forgot to mention Billy McCarthy. Before the Braves signed Mondesi and Jordan, he was on the big league team. The signing of Jordan probably knocked him out of a chance to platoon in left field as the right-handed bat. He's put up good numbers in the minors. He typically has a good batting average, an excellent on-base percentage, and decent power numbers. Simply put, he can hit. He should start at Richmond, but look for him to be the first outfielder called up in case of an injury.

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