Reds place Tucker Barnhart on paternity list

ATLANTA, GA Ð AUGUST 18: Cincinnati catcher Tucker Barnhart looks on from the dugout during a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves on August 18, 2017 at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA. The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Atlanta Braves by a score of 5 Ð 3. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire)
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[UPDATE]: The Cincinnati Reds have officially activated catcher Tucker Barnhart from the club’s paternity list.

The Cincinnati Reds have placed catcher Tucker Barnhart on the club’s paternity list while recalling fellow backstop Chad Wallach from Triple-A Louisville, the team has announced.

Barnhart is currently in the midst of his fourth major league season. The 26-year-old currently owns a slash line of .265/.342/.384 with five home runs and 33 RBIs over 347 plate appearances in what has been the most productive offensive output of his career to date. Barnhart was originally selected by the Reds in the 10th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft.

He broke into the majors in 2014, playing in 21 games and slashing .185/.241/.241 while connecting with one long ball across 60 trips to the dish. The following season, Barnhart’s playing time increased, as he took the field 81 times and slashed .252/.324/.326 with three home runs and 18 RBIs through 274 plate appearances. Then, last year, he registered a slash line of .257/.323/.379 with seven dingers and 51 RBIs over 420 trips to the plate.

Wallach has only played in one game for Cincinnati’s major league ball club, going hitless in four at bats during his big league debut last Sunday. The 25-year-old Wallach, who played his collegiate baseball at California State University Fullerton, was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 43rd round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft. However, he failed to sign, and three years later, he was chosen by the Miami Marlins in the fifth round of the draft.

The Reds acquired Wallach in a trade that sent starting pitcher Mat Latos to the Marlins back in December 2014. At Triple-A Louisville this season, Wallach has posted a slash line of .226/.280/.398 with nine home runs and 18 RBIs.

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