Houston Astros rookie outfielder Brandon Barnes was called up to the majors on August 7th, 2012. On May 27th, 2013, Barnes hit the teams first walk off of the season, a ground rule double to deep right field to drive in former Astro Ronny Cedeno as the Astros went on to beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2.
Fast forward to yesterday’s game and the rookie has added a cycle to his resume. The 27 year old rookie went 5-5 in a 10-7 loss against the Seattle Mariners. In his first at bat, he hit a home run in the 2nd, a triple in the 4th, a single in the 6th, completing the cycle in the 8th with a double.
If that wasn’t enough, he added an infield single in the 9th inning. Collecting 2 RBI’s in the 3 run contest, he is currently batting .250/.306/.375 this season. Barnes is the first Houston Astros player to hit for the cycle since Luke Scott back on July 28th, 2006 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Astros are currently 33-62 on the year in this first season in the American League, having the worst record in the entire league. They could be in position of having a top draft pick in next years draft.
Behind them with the worst records in the league are the Miami Marlins (35-59), Chicago White Sox (37-56) and the Milwaukee Brewers (39-56) who are currently at the bottom of the National League Central, a place the Astros were familiar with when they are in the National League.