Addison Barger

23-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Toronto Blue Jays AAA
7-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 6/14/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Barger doesn't have the greatest approach in the world, but he has plus power and is likely to make his MLB debut sometime this season. A 23-year-old lefty-hitting infielder, Barger primarily played shortstop and third base while climbing from High-A to Triple-A last season, and he also saw time at second base in the Arizona Fall League. Barger slashed .306/.375/.544 with 26 home runs, nine steals on 14 attempts, a 25.1 K% and a 8.9 BB%. For what it's worth, his K% and BB% steadily improved with each promotion against theoretically better pitching, so Barger seemingly got better as the season progressed before laying an egg (.638 OPS) in a small sample in the AFL. Santiago Espinal is the best second baseman on Toronto's roster, so the keystone is Barger's best avenue to breaking through with MLB playing time. The Blue Jays could also opt to trade him to a second-division team, which would be good for his dynasty value. He is pretty aggressive at the plate, but his .830 OPS against same-handed pitching leaves open the possibility that he could eventually be an everyday player who hits 25 homers per season. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2023.
No structural damage
SSToronto Blue Jays  AAA
May 22, 2023
Barger, who has been sidelined with Triple-A Buffalo since April 28, had his right elbow checked out last week by Dr. Keith Meister in Texas and there was no structural damage found, Scott Mitchell of reports.
This is positive news for Barger, who is now rehabbing at the Blue Jays' spring training facility in Florida. He was off to a slow start to the season prior to suffering the elbow injury. Barger is slashing .237/.333/.329 with one home run, one steal and a 31 percent strikeout rate in 20 games.
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Optioned to Triple-A
SSToronto Blue Jays  AAA
March 20, 2023
Barger was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo by the Blue Jays on Monday, Mitch Bannon of reports.
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Displays power in spring debut
SSToronto Blue Jays  AAA
February 26, 2023
Barger went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates.
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Getting work in outfield
SSToronto Blue Jays  AAA
February 18, 2023
Barger will spend some time in the outfield this spring, Keegan Matheson of reports.
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Shielded from Rule 5 draft
SSToronto Blue Jays  AAA
November 15, 2022
Barger was added to the Blue Jays' 40-man roster Tuesday, Shi Davidi of reports.
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Meteoric rise continues
SSToronto Blue Jays  AAA
September 30, 2022
Barger was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo in mid-September and went 11-for-31 (.355) with three homers and a 5:5 BB:K over eight games.
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