Daric Barton

Daric William Barton (born August 16, 1985 in Springfield, Vermont) nicknamed "D.B.", is a Major League Baseball first baseman who plays for the Oakland Athletics. Barton was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft in the 1st round as the 28th overall player selected. He was selected right out of Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California. Barton had signed on to attend Cal State Fullerton and play baseball there, but accepted a one million dollar signing bonus from the Cardinals instead. Barton began his professional career with the Johnson City Cardinals (Cardinals Rookie League affliate) in 2003, mainly playing as a catcher. In 54 games, he batted .291 with 4 home runs. In 2004, he advanced to the Peoria Chiefs, the Cardinals Single-A team. He played in just 90 games for the Chiefs, batting .313 with 13 home runs. He was named to the Midwest League Postseason All-Star team. He led the Midwest League in on-base percentage (.445), was third in the league in batting average (.313), and was fourth in the league in slugging percentage (.511). On December 19, 2004, he was involved in the big deal that sent Barton along with pitchers Dan Haren
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