Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
1 week ago

Barney went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs Wednesday against Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

Hitting from the leadoff spot, Barney tripled in two runs and brought another home with a sacrifice fly to give him a total of 15 RBI this season. Now that the Jays' infield is healthy, Barney has seen his playing time deteriorate in recent weeks; however, he has made the most of it by hitting safely in eight of his 10 games this month.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
2 weeks ago

Barney played in 64 games during the first half of 2016, slashing .241/.294/.291 in 200 at-bats.

EDGE Analysis

Barney earned one of the team's last roster spots in spring training mainly due to Devon Travis' shoulder injury that sidelined the second baseman for the first two months of 2016. However, a series of events led to Barney becoming an everyday fixture in the Jays' lineup by May. The first domino to fall was Ryan Goins who struggled mightily to begin the season before hitting the DL. That was followed by a lingering ailment to Josh Donaldson, and finally an injury to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki that sent him to the DL, too. The 30-year-old utility infielder has played 15-plus games at second, third and short so far this season. Barney seized the opportunity by outperforming his career averages in batting average, on-base and slugging percentage. He had a stretch of 104 at-bats (from May 1 to June 16) in which his batting average never dipped below .300. However, with Goins due back in the coming weeks and the rest of the guys healthy again, Barney is sure to see a significant decrease in playing time during the second half of the year.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
3 weeks ago

Despite entering the season as the infielder seemingly bound for the minors once Devon Travis returned from the DL, Barney has excelled in his role for the team and no longer is in jeopardy of being optioned off the big league squad.

EDGE Analysis

The evolution of Barney into the Jays' go-to utility man continues. Barney's defense is key coming off the bench, and he even struck a man out coming in to pitch relief in the July 1 marathon against the Indians. But Barney's performance at the plate is what ensures his survival as the fittest option off the bench. And clearly he loves playing in Toronto. The infielder's .343 batting average at the Rogers Centre is highest on the team this season. He's hit in five straight games and has hit .341 with a .911 OPS while hitting ninth in 2016.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
1 month ago

Barney went 3-for-8 with a double and surrendered a game-winning solo homer to Carlos Santana over an inning on the mound in Friday's 2-1, 19-inning loss to the Indians. He also notched a strikeout.

EDGE Analysis

The 30-year-old was the second infielder pressed into emergency pitching duty during the marathon affair, entering the game in the top of the 19th in relief of Ryan Goins. Barney came into Friday in a 1-for-12 slump, and the multi-hit effort he generated was his first since June 17. Despite the recent struggles, his season line remains a solid .292/.341/.391.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
1 month ago

Barney is starting at shortstop and batting eighth Thursday against Cleveland, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Barney will make his first start since June 21 as Troy Tulowitzki gets a breather following six consecutive days of game action. Barney has been an effective replacement for Tulowitzki at shortstop, making 13 starts there while slashing .287/.340/.380 this season.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
1 month ago

Barney will start at third base and third base and bat ninth in the order Sunday against the Orioles, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Barney saw most of the starts at shortstop while Troy Tulowitzki (quad) was on the DL, but he'll begin to lose out on regular at-bats more frequently with Tulowitzki returning to action Saturday. However, Barney's run of frequent starts will at least live for another day, as he'll spell Josh Donaldson in the field while Donaldson serves a the DH for Sunday's matinee affair.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
2 months ago

Barney went 1-for-1 with two walks and a solo shot, his third home run of the season, in Sunday's win over the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

He continues to reach base at a remarkable rate, and Barney's .327/.377/.469 slash line on the season seems almost impossible for a player with a sub-.300 career OBP. He's almost certain to return to his usual form at some point, but as long as he's hot the Jays will keep putting him in the lineup.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
2 months ago

Barney went 3-for-3 with a walk and scored twice in Wednesday's 7-0 victory over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Barney improved his on-base percentage to .379 -- best among Jays with 90-plus at-bats -- by reaching base four times Wednesday. When Troy Tulowitzki returns from the DL, the Jays will likely need to make a decision between Barney and Ryan Goins as their primary backup infielder. Although he was the underdog to begin the season, Barney is hitting .344 over 33 games this season, much better than Goins' .165 in 44 games. Also worth noting is that Barney is hitting an incredible .431 at home this season. It's hard to image that Barney will be the one optioned to the minors when the time comes for the team to make a move.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
2 months ago

Barney, who is starting Monday at second base, will remain the primary shortstop throughout the absence of Troy Tulowitzki (quad), MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

EDGE Analysis

Barney was called upon to hold down second base duties Wednesday, but that was merely because Devon Travis needed a day off. Although Ryan Goins will get the starting nod Monday, it will be Barney that occupies that role for the near future. The Blue Jays have yet to disclose the results of Tulo's MRI on Saturday, so it's unclear at this time how long Barney will be a candidate for regular starts.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
2 months ago

Hitting eighth in the lineup, Barney went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and scored a run in Saturday's thrilling win over the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

In Tulowitzki's(quad) absence, it would seem Ryan Goins and Barney would likely platoon at shortstop, as they had been doing at second base prior to Devon Travis' return. But on Saturday, with right-hander Rick Porcello on the mound, manager John Gibbons went with the right-handed Barney. It was just Barney's fifth start at the position in the last five seasons. But, the decision paid off as Barney notched his first game with multiple extra-base hits since July 2014.