Friday, November 20, 2015

Jill Barrett Traded to Chicago Bandits

As NPF rosters are still beginning to take shape, a fairly significant trade was completed on Wednesday. The Akron Racers traded standout Ben Zobrist-esque jack-of-all-trades Jill Barrett to the Chicago Bandits. In return, the Racers received the #4 and #31 draft picks in the 2016 draft.

Akron Racers/LSU Athletics
Barrett is a two-time all-league selection and has shown herself to be a standout at multiple positions throughout her career as a member of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, as well as on the Racers and the USA Women’s Baseball National Team. In 2015, Barrett hit .339 and scored twenty-six runs for the Racers while starting at the shortstop position.

Heading to the Bandits, she is projected to take over for likely-departed star shortstop Tammy Williams, whose return following the Bandits’ 2015 championship run is unlikely at best. Barrett also gives the Bandits some versatility and experienced help if a hole is created at first base by Brittany Cervantes’ potential eventual selection to Team USA.

Outfielder AJ Andrews, a member of the Bandits in 2015, was included in the deal, but for the time being, only the rights to treat her as a returning free agent-signing were acquired by Akron, since she is not presently under a contract for 2016.

Andrews was the #7 overall draft pick in 2015, signing later in the season after going all the way to the Women’s College World Series with the LSU Tigers. She ranks highly in the LSU statistical charts, including the top three in four career categories.

The acquisition of the #4 draft pick in 2016 gives the Racers back-to-back selections, as they also own the #3 overall pick. It also gives them three of the first ten picks, with #10 at their disposal, as well.

With a deep class of talent at the second base position in 2016 and Ashley Thomas, the Racers’ 2nd-sacker in 2015, an experienced college shortstop, an everyday second baseman figures to be high on the list for Joey Arrietta come draft day.

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