Former Albany State Standout Pitcher Malik Barrington Gets First MiLB Call-Up

Malik Barrington signed a free agent minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins last year following an outstanding collegiate career, and then reported to the Twins Florida Complex League (FCL) Rookie-level affiliate. Now, Barrington has been promoted to the Class A-Advanced Cedar Rapids Kernels as of this past Monday.

Barrington was assigned to Fort Myers Mighty Mussels from FCL Twins at the start of the 2022 season. This past September 5, 2022, Malik Barrington was assigned to Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Barrington, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, was a standout pitcher for the Albany State Golden Rams where he has received numerous Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SIAC) honors and national awards. He was selected a Black College Nines All-Elite first and second team member throughout his college playing career.

Barrington pitched for the Golden Rams from 2018-2021 He had pitched a total of 141.2 innings. Barrington left Albany State University and went to the United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL), and played for the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers where he had a 3.33 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched, with 11 walks, 30 strikeouts, and opponents hit .236 against him before signing the free agent contact with the Twins in July of 2021.

This season, Barrington in 54.0 innings pitched recorded 71 strikeouts with a 3.17 earned run average with the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.

Few things in sports are as special as a minor league baseball player getting the call to advance the minor league system working up to the big leagues… especially when coming out of high school and college, the grind in baseball’s developmental leagues can be a brutal one.

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