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Barney's Hard Work Starting to Show

Darwin Barney (STAFF PHOTO)

NEW ORLEANS – Darwin Barney is enjoying a nice start to May after a sluggish start to the season. The right-handed hitting shortstop for Class AAA Iowa picked up his fifth straight multi-hit game in the team's 9-5 victory over New Orleans Wednesday and had raised his average from .218 at the end of April to .296 overall in 25 games.

Barney was a fourth-round Cubs draft pick from Oregon State in 2006 after helping the Beavers to two College World Series championships. The 24-year-old infielder has hit well at every level in his career and is coming off a strong season at Class AA Tennessee, in which he batted .317 in 74 games to help earn another trip to major league spring training this past March. In Wednesday's victory...

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