Tucker Jackson Barnhart is a Major League Baseball catcher for the Detroit Tigers in the United States. He formerly played for the Cincinnati Reds in Major League Baseball.
He debuted in Major League Baseball in 2014 and won the Gold Glove Award in 2017 and 2020.
Barnhart was rated as the top available talent from Indiana heading into the 2009 Major League Baseball draft by Baseball America.
He was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the 299th overall pick in the 10th round due to his commitment to Georgia Tech. Rather than enrolling at Georgia Tech, Barnhart chose to sign with the Reds.
Barnhart was a member of the Rookie-level Pioneer League’s Billings Mustangs in 2010. He was a member of the Dayton Dragons of the Class A Midwest League in 2011.
He split the 2012 season between the Class A-Advanced California League’s Bakersfield Blaze and the Class AA Southern League’s Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
In 2013, he was selected as a Southern League All-Star while playing for Pensacola. On November 20, 2013, the Reds added Barnhart to their 40-man roster.
Barnhart joined the Reds’ Opening Day roster as a backup to Brayan Pea after Devin Mesoraco went on the disabled list to start the 2014 season.
Barnhart debuted in the majors against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 3. He went 0-for-4 with one strikeout in his first start at catcher (with Homer Bailey as the opening pitcher).
Barnhart earned his first big-league hit two days later, a single off Dillon Gee of the New York Mets; he went 2-for-4 for the game.
How Much Does Tucker Barnhart Make?
Tucker Barnhart makes an annual average salary of $4,000,000.