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Darwin Barney (Associated Press)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Darwin Barney
School:Oregon State
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:175 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/09-02/11/07
Scouting Video:

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Average, at best. It's tough to say he'll be an everyday player in the big leagues because of his bat. He has gotten off to a .308 start with a .459 OBP through seven games.
Power:Below average. Power is not Barney's game.
Running Speed:Barney is a decent runner with average Major League speed.
Base Running:Barney uses what speed he has well, with excellent instincts on the basepaths.
Arm Strength:Above average, more than enough to stay at shortstop.
Arm Accuracy:Above average. Barney's arm is what makes him a true prospect.
Fielding:Barney has shown he has the ability to play shortstop at the next level.
Range:He has shown above-average range at short.
Baseball Instinct:Barney is a very fluid and instinctive player, especially defensively.
Physical Description:Barney is an undersized middle infielder.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Defense. His arm and range are more than enough to play a premium position in the big leagues.
Weaknesses:Offense. For a player without power, he sometimes tries to play a bigger game and hits the ball in the air too much for a guy his size.
Summary:To compare him with another college shortstop, Brian Friday, Barney might have less bat, but more glove. He's very dependable at a premium position, but his bat may mean he's a defensive-minded utility player in the big leagues. He compares favorably with Blake Davis, who was a fourth-round pick out of Cal State Fullerton in 2006.