By Aaron Cheris
Every ballplayer dreams of the moment they get the call to the Major Leagues. It’s the culmination of a lifetime of hard work, dedication and sacrifice.
For Sky Sox relief pitcher Jacob Barnes, that call came on Wednesday afternoon at Security Service Field.
For Barnes, the moment began with a meeting with the coaching staff.
“I got called in by the coaches and they messed with me and asked if my arm was good to go today, kind of teasing me about different stuff,” Barnes said. “Then they dropped the line of me going up, it’s been pretty amazing.”
Just minutes after getting the news he’s been working his whole life for, Barnes was smiling ear to ear while talking about the moment.
“It’s been pretty amazing. I’ve been dreaming about this for my whole life,” he said with a grin on his face. “To reach it is an unbelievable feeling and it hasn’t even settled in and it’s already overwhelming. It’s really exciting.”
While making it to the Major Leagues requires an enormous amount of hard work, staying there will take just as much, if not more work.
With the experience he gained in Colorado Springs, Barnes believes he knows what he needs to do to stick with Milwaukee.
“I realized no matter what level you are at, your stuff works no matter what if you can attack the zone,” he said.
Barnes’ stuff has been working phenomenally this season. In 17 appearances for the Sky Sox, Barnes posted a microscopic 1.21 ERA in 22.1 innings pitched, earning two wins and one save while striking out 23 over the first two months of the season.
Pitching in Colorado Springs has been a challenge to many players, but Barnes took the challenge personally and succeeded.
“It’s a little tough pitching here sometimes. You might give up a couple extra hits or a home run that shouldn’t have been,” he said. “But at the end of the day, if you’re executing your pitches, you’ll be fine no matter where you are playing.”
The success in Colorado Springs has given Barnes confidence heading to the next level.
“I think getting the confidence of knowing I can pitch at a place like this moving up will help me,” Barnes said. “If you can pitch at a place like this, you can pitch anywhere.”
Barnes joined the Brewers in Philadelphia on Thursday and will be in the bullpen as they battle the Phillies this weekend.