Aaron Barrett continues to climb up the ranks. Barrett, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound righthander from Central High School, has been added to the Washington Nationals’ 40-man roster.
Barrett posted a 1-1 record with a 2.15 earned run average this past season for Harrisburg, the Nationals’ double-A affiliate. He had 26 saves in 51 appearances, walking 15 and striking out 69 in 501/3 innings.
His fastball was clocked in the low 90s, touching 95 mph on the radar gun and his slider is rated as the best in the Nats’ system by Baseball America.
Although the Nats have enough relief pitching on their roster, the Washington Post reported that the Nats felt Barrett’s potential was enough to protect him from other teams in the Rule 5 draft.