Anthony Lee Barnette…Tony and his wife Hillary were married on Dec. 3, 2011 and have a daughter, Madelyn (March 1, 2014)…pitched at Arizona State University in Tempe in 2005 and 2006 with a 10-5 composite record…played his first two collegiate seasons at Central Arizona College in Coolidge… pitched at Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way, WA (graduated 2002)…was born in Anchorage, AK…only 11 natives of Alaska have ever played in the majors, none with Texas.
His 2.09 relief ERA ranked 8th in the A.L. and was best among Rangers relievers, 2nd-best among league rookie relievers (HOU's Chris Devenski-1.61)…his 7 relief wins ranked T5th in the A.L…ranked among A.L. rookie relievers in wins (T3rd)…was also among team leaders in relief innings (3rd), appearances (4th), and relief K's (4th, 49)…allowed 10 of 37 inherited runners to score (27.0%), the 13th-lowest pct. among A.L. qualifiers…right-handed batters hit just .205 (25-122), and opposition had .149 (10-67) avg. with RISP… allowed runs in 2 of 1st 7 outings through 4/21 (4 ER/7.2 IP), then gave up just one run in 13.2 IP spanning 14 appearances from 4/23-5/29 to drop season figure from 4.70 to 2.11… recorded 1st ML win on 5/2 at TOR…allowed runs in 4 of 5 games from 5/31-6/12 (6 ER/4.2 IP) to rise to 3.81…in 18 outings from 6/19-8/10, allowed just one unearned run in 25.1 innings to drop ERA to season-low 1.93…included in that span was a 17.1-inning scoreless streak from 7/2-8/10, longest by a Ranger all season…opponents were just 3-for-41 (.073) in July…took blown save in only career chance on 7/18 at LAA… gave up runs in 4 of final 9 appearances beginning 8/12 (3 ER/9.0 IP) to finish at 2.09…missed nearly all of September with a tight left oblique, as he did not pitch from 9/5-26.
Appeared in all 3 games of the 2016 ALDS vs. TOR, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings…was tied for the 5th-most innings in an ALDS by a Texas reliever…made 9 appearances in NPB postseason in Japan, going 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA (3 ER/11.2 IP) and converting 3 of 4 save chances.