By now, the Midwest League probably knows itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a good idea to run on catcher Tucker Barnhart. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s thrown out 37 of 76 attempting to steal, a 48.7-percent denial rate.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no surprise to Dragons manager Delino DeShields, who managed Barnhart at Billings last season and watched him cut down 51 percent.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Been doing it since I met him,Ã¢â‚¬Â DeShields said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s come up with some big ones in the last couple weeks, game-changing throws, where if a guy steals a base it can change the outcome of the game. He doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the biggest arm, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s accurate.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I don’t know how big an arm you need, but in the games I’ve attended…Tucker’s arm looked pretty darn impressive to me.