Position: Third Base Coach
Date of Birth: 05/10/1971
Height: 5' 10" Weight: 180 lbs
Resides: Cherry Hill, NJ
Barker enters his second season as the Third Base/Hitting Coach in Somerset. Under his tutelage last year, the Patriots as a team led the Atlantic League in runs (694), walks (528), stolen bases (166) and on-base percentage (.349). Additionally, the team finished third in the league in batting at a .272 clip.
Barker played in 235 games for the Houston Astros from 1999 through 2001. In 1999, Barker hit .288 with 23 runs scored, 21 hits, two doubles, a home run, 11 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 81 games played.
Barker was originally drafted in the 11th round of the 1993 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers. He spent six seasons in the organization before joining the Astros in 1999. His minor league career also included time in the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles organizations.
For his minor league career, Barker had 430 runs scored, 656 hits, 113 doubles, 31 triples, 37 home runs, 262 RBI and 236 stolen bases.
In 2003, Barker briefly joined the Somerset Patriots for three games before signing with the Orioles. He is still tied for a team record for triples in a game (2) for his performance on May 23, 2003.