Both play middle infield, are small, but are alleged to play beyond their size would predict. They both played three good seasons of big-time college baseball. From there, their paths appear to be diverging. Or not.
Let's take a walk down statistics-aren't-memories-they-live-forever lane.
|Theriot||.254||.337||.315||.061||1.240||(709 AB - AGE 22-23)|
|Barney||.273||.323||.392||.119||1.436||(176 AB - AGE 21)|
Theriot went straight to Daytona for his 2001 debut, but started 2002 in Lansing as a Lug Nut.
He jumped from A- to AA in the middle of 2003.
He went back to Daytona for 2004, before returning to AA in 2005 and making the jump to The Show for a cup of coffee when rosters expanded.
By the late Summer of 2006, he was a regular.
We'll see if Barney makes the jump to AA this year. He seems to have more power to come, which may make him a more interesting prospect in a year or two.