MILWAUKEE -- Brandon Barnes has been in the Major Leagues for only about six weeks, but he's already got a reputation for making spectacular diving catches in the outfield, including a diving grab Saturday to rob Juan Segura of a hit -- a play which resulted in a double play.
Barnes has made no fewer than four eye-popping diving catches in center field this year, including an ESPN top play of the day when he robbed St. Louis outfielder Jon Jay of a hit with a diving grab in Busch Stadium on Sept. 20.
"It's something I've always loved to do, going out there and making a good play for my pitchers and let them I know I have their back," Barnes said. "I go after every ball and expect to make the catch. I've made quite a few coming up through the Minor Leagues. It's weird that I've made three or four diving catches in a short span [in the Majors], but I feel like I've pretty much done that most of my Minor League career."
Barnes was a corner outfielder earlier in his Minor League career before making the move to center.
"I think it's easier to get a ball in center field because you have more room to run," he said.
Barnes said the favorite catch of his career came while he was playing for Class A Lancaster and he made a grab while crashing into the wall in High Desert before recovering to make a double play. His favorite grab with the Astros was his diving catch while charging in on Aug. 19 at home.
"I like to do it at home and show the fans how I play," he said.