Barnhart was a 10th round selection in the 2009 draft out of high school and took some time to develop as a hitter. He has always been a polished defensive catcher behind the plate though. The 2016 season was the third that Barnhart spent some time at the big league level, but the first that he transitioned into the primary catching role with the injury to Devin Mesoraco. In the 2015 season, he split time with Brayan Pena. While the pop is limited in his bat, Barnhart did raise his average to over .250 in each of 2015 and ’16. As a .243 career minor league hitter in seven years, the offense lagging behind is nothing new. But combined with his defensive prowess, is enough to keep him progressing as a big league player.