Brian Barton has been anticipating a move to Triple-A Buffalo all season, and it finally looks like the Aeros uheralded outfielder could be on his way up any day now.
If it isn't enough that Barton ranks sixth in the Eastern League with a .312 average in 103 games 17 doubles, 9 home runs, 41 walks, 56 RBI and a Minor-League leading 28 hit-by-pitches, the door was opened for Barton last week Bisons outfielder Brad Snyder broke his finger. Snyder is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.
It's been (understandably) frustrating for Barton, a non-drafted free agent out of the Univ. of Miami, to once again be playing so well this season but remain stuck behind by more heralded (read top-dollar prospects).
As for the team as a whole, the struggling Aeros have managed to put their recent losing ways behind them for now in winning three straight entering Thursday's game, regaining a tie with Erie for first place in the Southern Division.
This, without the team's top two players in SS Asdrubal Cabrera (promoted Sunday to Buffalo) and IB Jordan Browen (sidelined with a knee injury that needs surgery at season's end).
For the team to make waves in the playoffs, it's going to need to see the stars of Wednesday's win - left fielder Ryan Goleski and first baseman Michael Aubrey - continue to step up down the stretch.