Once I dealt with the failure and realized I was going to fail more than I was going to succeed, things started happening for me. It’s been a long road, and it’s something I continue to battle everyday.” Now in his seventh season in the Astros organization, Barnes said it wasn’t until two years ago that he started feeling like a baseball player. He credits Mike Barnett, who was the Astros’ minor league hitting coordinator but is now Houston’s hitting coach, with his turnaround. “He kind of worked with me more, not physically, but mentally,” Barnes said. “It’s really paid off.” After starting the season at Double-A Corpus Christi, Barnes struggled at the plate when he was bumped to the Triple-A RedHawks in late April. “I was trying to do too much,” Barnes said. “But I’m settling down, and my power numbers are back. “I feel like every time I hit the ball, it’s either a double, triple or home run. I haven’t hit many singles up here. My average hasn’t shown what I’ve done at the plate.” He leads the RedHawks in home runs with eight. Of his 31 hits with the RedHawks, 23 have gone for extra bases. Barnes has found an everyday spot in the lineup, starting his 25th consecutive game in centerfield Wednesday night. “I’m going up there with a plan every at-bat now,” Barnes said. “Hitting mistakes and hitting the fastball are the biggest things that have helped me. I’m just being loose out there and trying not to put too much pressure on myself.”
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