Back in October I ran a month long event of all Pink Parallels I called Save Second Base. The event raised nearly $100 donated to Breast Cancer Awareness. One card that I planned to highlight during the event, but never showed off was a 2012 Leaf Draft /25 Pink Parallel autograph of Barrett Barnes.
Barnes was a 1st round Comp pick the Pirates received for the Twins signing free agent Ryan Doumit. His pro career has been marred with injuries season after season. In terms of depth, he's a nice player to have in the minors, but I don't think he will be making his MLB debut anytime soon for the Bucs considering he plays Centerfield and there are currently 3 true centerfielders on the active 25 man roster for the Pirates (Polanco, Cutch, Marte).
In 3 professional seasons, he's only managed to play in 101 games. When he is on the field, he has good stats .271/.371/.425 with 12 HR and 24 Stolen Bases. Getting Barnes to stay healthy will be the challenge and could decide if he can become a major league ballplayer or be a player hidden in the minors for years.
I mentioned earlier this month that I may consider doing a "Go Green" event for St Patty's Day where I highlight only Green or Emerald cards for the month. Would you all be interested in an all green event for March?