by: Jon Davis
#18 Tucker Barnhart C
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Here at No. 18 we find Tucker Barnhart, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound switch-hitting catcher. The Reds drafted him in the tenth round of the 2009 draft out of Brownsburg High School in Indiana. In 2011, playing for the Dayton Dragons, he hit .273 with a .344 on-base in 372 plate appearances. Then last year, while splitting time between Bakersfield and Pensacola, he hit .247 with a .330 on base in the same number of plate appearances as the previous year. While his average dropped, it may in part be due to the large jump in levels. The good news is that even with the drop in average, his on base did not drop much at all.
Barnhart, who turned 22 earlier this month, is an excellent defensive catcher. He has a plus arm that is quite accurate, so the only question is his bat. Offensively, he has solid plate discipline and decent contact rates, getting most of his current value from his ability to draw walk...