In Riverton, Utah, Barlow attended Riverton High School. In 2015 and 2016, he played college baseball for Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Barlow was a catcher in his rookie season, hitting .202 with zero home runs and 13 RBI. Barlow saw action as a pitcher and catcher during his sophomore season.
With 14 RBI, he’s hitting .208. Barlow finished 3–3 with a 2.12 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 46+23 innings pitched in 13 games (7 starts).
The Texas Rangers picked Barlow in the 11th round of the 2016 MLB draft, with the 339th overall pick. He agreed to a signing bonus of $85,000 with them.
After signing, Barlow transitioned to full-time pitching and was assigned to the AZL Rangers of the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he made his professional debut, with a 2–4 record with a 4.41 ERA in 32+23 innings pitched.
He pitched for the Spokane Indians of the Class A Short Season Northwest League during the 2017 season, posting a 6–1 record with a 2.00 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 45 innings.
Barlow played the whole 2018 season with the Class A South Atlantic League’s Hickory Crawdads, posting a 3–3 record with a 1.68 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 59 innings
Texas chose Barlow’s contract and promoted him to the major leagues for the first time on June 23, 2021.
The next day, he made his MLB debut against the Oakland Athletics, tossing a scoreless inning. He also got his first career strikeout in the game, striking out A’s infielder Jed Lowrie.
On August 2, Barlow set a Rangers franchise record by becoming the first pitcher to strike out eight consecutive batters.
Is Joe Barlow A Rookie?
Barlow was called up from AAA Round Rock on June 23 and quickly established himself as one of the Rangers’ finest relievers in his rookie season, posting a 1.55 ERA (5 ER/29.0 IP) and 11 saves in 31 games for Texas.