Aaron Barrett Bio: Career, Injury & Return to MLB

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Aaron Barrett is an American Baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent, carries a story of agonizing pain followed by sparkling joy.

The player who made his major league debut with the Nationals in 2014 has been through hell water.

To illustrate, Barrett has spent four years in rehab after his Tommy John surgery (Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction) in September 2015

The player is in The Washington Nationals currently as the winner in himself. Therefore, his life journey from hell water to an inspiring return is all written below.

Aaron Barrett on the baseball field(Source: Wkdq)

However, before the deep plunge into the events is the highlighted quick facts to know the player better.

Quick Facts about Aaron Barrett

Full Name Aaron James Barrett
Date of Birth January 2, 1988
Birth Place Evansville, Indiana
Nick Name Aaron
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Zodiac sign Capricorn
Age 36 Years Old
Height 6 feet and 2 inches (1.91 m)
Weight 98 kg (216.05 lb)
Hair Color Light brown
Eye Color Black
Build Athletic
Father’s Name N/A
Mother’s Name N/A
Siblings N/A
Education High School: Evansville Central High School 

College: Wabash Valley College, University of Mississippi( Ole Miss) 

Marital Status Married
Wife Kendly Mygatt
Kids Kollyns
Profession Baseball player
Current Team Washington Nationals
Position Pitcher
Jersey Number #32
Bats Right
Throws Right
Draft year 2010 MLB year
Affiliations Washington Nationals organization
Active Years 2014-2015 & 2019-present
Net Worth $100,000
Social Media InstagramTwitter
Merch Jersey, Autograph, Baseball cards,
Last Update July, 2024

Where was Aaron Barrett born? Early Life and Education

Aaron James Barrett shortly, Aaron Barrett was born on January 2, 1988, to his parents in Evansville, Indiana. Likewise, Barrett is American by nationality, while his ethnic background is white.

Unfortunately, due to Aaron’s private nature, he has not disclosed any information regarding his early life, family, and siblings.

Hence, anything related to them, like their names and whereabouts, is unknown.

Aaron Barrett Family
Aaron Barret’s family

Furthermore, Aaron Barrett attended Evansville Central High School and later enrolled in Wabash Valley College for two years. Following it, he transferred to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).

How old is Aaron Barrett? Age, Height, and Weight

The talented baseball player Aaron was born in 1988, which makes him 36 years as of now. Also, his birthday falls on January 2, under the sun sign Libra.

And from what we know, the people of this sign are known to be determined, intelligent, passionate, and talented.

Besides his personality, Barrett is built like a player. He has a well-balanced and fit body that has gone through years of training.

MLB star Aaron Barrett
MLB star Aaron Barrett(Source: Instagram)

Moreover, Aaron stands at the height of 6 feet and 2 inches (1.91 m), weighing 98 kg (216.05 lb), which is considered proportionate to his size. Sadly, his other body measurements haven’t been disclosed.

Apart from these, Barrett’s other notable body facts include his short light brown hair and a pair of shining black eyes. In addition, the MLB player is Christian by religion.

Aaron Barrett | Amateur Career

Barrett started playing baseball when he was in college, where he played for the Wabash Valley Warriors. Likewise, he also played after he transferred to Ole Miss.

Later, Aaron was drafted in 2006, 2008, and 2009 Major League Baseball Drafts, but he did not sign a professional contract.

To illustrate, Barrett was not given a professional contract by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006. Two years later, when the Minnesota Twins drafted him, he had already committed to Ole Miss.

However, with his first year in the Rebels, Barrett wasn’t a good pitcher; thus, he did not receive a Texas Rangers’ bonus in 2009.

Aaron Barrett | Professional Career

Washington Nationals (2010–13)

Barrett was drafted in the ninth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft; thus, he eventually signed with the Washington Nationals. Aaron’s foremost play was in the Arizona Fall League in 2012.

For the commencement of 2013, Barrett played with the Class-AA Harrisburg Senators. Afterward, he learned with pitching coach Paul Menhart, who later became the Nationals’ minor league pitching coordinator.

Major leagues

Barrett commenced his foremost season in the major league as a member of the Nationals’ 40-man roster.

As he had impressed everyone with his spring training, he made the Nationals’ Opening Day roster for the 2014 season.

Similarly, Aaron’s first debut came with a match against the New York Mets; thus, he strikes out two, marking his first career win.

Right after it, he became a trusted member of manager Matt Williams’ bullpen. Hence, he appeared in the Nationals’ playoff roster in the National League Division Series.

Aaron Barrett in the major leagues
Aaron Barrett in the major leagues(Source: Rumbunter)

Additionally, in Game 4 of the series against the San Francisco Giants, Barrett had a wild pitch over the catcher Wilson Ramos’ head.

Not to mention, he had intentionally walked Pablo Sandoval, allowing Joe Panik to score the winning run from third base.

Aaron started experiencing discomfort in his right pitching elbow through the mid-season. Therefore, he had to surrender three earned runs on August 5 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

At first, Barrett was kept to the Class-AAA Syracuse Chiefs by the Nationals; however, he was shifted to the disabled list for an elbow strain.

Tommy John Surgery (Injury) and Rehab

In the beginning, Barrett had a gruesome, continuous pain in his arm that numbed his fingers.

He had an examination after placing him on the injury list, which revealed bone chips and a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Therefore, on September 4, 2015, he had Tommy John Surgery.

In that process, he had the  ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow in his left arm transferred to his right arm, and several bone spurs were also removed from his elbow.

Following it, he also had his ankle’s bone spurs removed in December. Hence, when the tiring rehab process came to an end, Barrett began to pitch at a practice facility in Florida in preparation for returning to game action.

Aaron Barrett Injury
Barrett on the hospital bed

Fracture of the humerus bone

On July 23, 2016, another catastrophic injury struck while rehabbing at the Nationals’ minor league complex in Viera, Florida.

While Barrett was pitching in the tenure, the humerus (bone located between the elbow joint and the shoulder) in his right arm cracked.

Many witnessed the surreal sound as of the gunshot, which has stayed with the hurler. Right after it, his wife was summoned, and she came crying on the field.

Teammate Mat Latos reportedly vomited in the dugout, and Nationals manager Dusty Baker made sure the video was only in a locked hard drive.

Following it, Barrett underwent surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews, a renowned sports orthopedic surgeon. Andrews had compared the fracture to be a traumatic injury from a car crash.

In the end, Barrett had two plates and sixteen screws embedded in the bone of his arm. Aaron was shocked and agonized at the same time; hence, he made the following statement.

“One week,” Barrett said. “That’s how far I was away from going on a big-league rehab. That one pitch was all it took to snap my humerus.”

Return to The Minor Leagues

Despite the dark days and the severity of the injury, Barrett continued to train his arm, hoping to make up till 2017 baseball.

However, during a CT scan, his arm showed no healing process. Thus, he shut down his throwing regimen as per the doctor’s prescription.

Without ever giving up on his hopes of making an eventual return to the mound, Barrett signed a new minor league contract with the Nationals on April 3, 2017.

Aaron Barrett return to minor league
Aaron Barrett signs a minor league contract with the Nationals(Source: Dcsportsking)

The contract was a two-year deal; hence, he didn’t appear in the games of 2017 but started his minor league spring training as a member of the Nationals organization in 2018.

Furthermore, he commenced his 2018 with the Short Season-A Auburn Doubledays on June 15 after striking out two batters on hold. In addition, he was elected as a free agent on November 2.

Still, he soon signed a new minor league contract with the Nationals that included a non-roster invitation to major league spring training.

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Return to The Major Leagues

After a long journey and starvation of getting back to the majors that he had made way before did take a long but was worth it.

Barrett was assigned to Class-AA Harrisburg to start the 2019 season after his spring training on the Nationals’ major-league side camp’s major-league side in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Barrett welcomed the year as Harrisburg’s all-time leader in games saved with 41 across multiple years, as he notched his fifteenth save of the season.

While the Nationals developed and implemented a plan to groom Barrett for his return to the major leagues, he was busy building up his arm strength to reach his former velocity.

Therefore, Barrett concluded the season with a 2.75 ERA and 31 saves (leading the minor leagues).

Hence, at the same time, Harrisburg manager Matt LeCroy announced to promote Barrett to the Nationals for the first time in more than four years.

Subsequently, the Nationals officially selected Barrett’s contract on September 4, where he pitched a scoreless inning in relief against the Atlanta Braves and made 3 relief appearances in 2019 with a 15.43 ERA.

“You just can’t quantify how big guys’ hearts are or how big their will to win is, “Barrett said. “Every single guy in that clubhouse believed from day one that we were going to win. That’s probably one of the best clubhouses I’ve ever been a part of.”

Consequently, the Nationals finished the year with a 93-69 record, clinching a wild card spot and eventually winning the 2019 World Series over the Astros.

MLB star's ' return to the majors
Aaron Barrett’s return to the majors(Source: Mlb)

Not to mention, Barrett also bagged the world championship, followed by his outright of the Nationals 40-man roster on October 9, 2020. Therewith, he was elected as a free agent the very next day.

Knee Injury and Surgery

When Barrett was throwing at the start of the camp in mid-March 2021, he had a knee injury. It happened in West Palm Beach where he went for the spring training.

While he was throwing, he felt something in his leg. Barrett then went for an MRI. Once his injury was detected, he underwent right knee surgery. 

Aaron Barrett | MLB Statistics 

Barrett is a right-handed pitcher and a batter. His Major League debut was on March 31, 2014, for the Washington Nationals. Let’s have a look at his career stats,

Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals

How much is Aaron Barrett worth? Net Worth and Salary

Aaron has had a successful career as a professional baseball player. Likewise, he has gained a handsome amount of wealth from his career.

Moreover, Aaron has an estimated total net worth of $100,000. According to the sources, he has total career earnings of $1.4 million and a salary of around $520,000.

Sadly, aside from these, Barrett’s other income sources like endorsements, partnerships, and assets are not known by the public.

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Who is Aaron Barrett’s wife? Personal life, Wife, and Kids

Aaron Barrett married his high school sweetheart, Kendly Mygatt. As per the sources, they met back when they were at the University of Mississippi.

Kendly Myagtt had transferred to Ole Miss from Texas Tech, where she played soccer.

Barrett’s dating history dates back to his high school, and it is found that he has no other relationship; thus, dedicating himself to only her. 

MLB star with his wife Kendly Mygatt
Aaron Barrett with his wife Kendly Mygatt(Source: Twitter)

The duo later got married on October 20, 2012. Likewise, they are blessed with a beautiful daughter Kollyns Barrett born in 2017, and a son Paxtyn James Barrett born on September 16, 2020.

Aaron made a 13-hour drive from Virginia to Florida to welcome his son. Thus, for his match, he again took a 13-hour ride back to the stadium.

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Social Media Presence:

Barrett is an active user of social media. He gets in touch with people and shares his ongoing stages of life on the platform. You can follow him via these links:

Instagram: 18.4K followers

Twitter: 12.1k followers

Some FAQs:

Is Avatar’s Jeff Unay directing a documentary on Aaron Barrett?

Yes, as reported by The Athletic, Jeff Unay will be directing a documentary on Aaron Barrett. The documentary will be based on Aaron Barrett MLB’s journey. Aaron stated,

“It’s surreal and very humbling. “I have seen so many documentaries during the pandemic, and how popular ‘The Last Dance’ was. So, to even wrap my head around a documentary being about me is very, very surreal.”

Did Aaron Barrett pitch in the world series?

Yes, Aaron Barrett pitched in the world series for Washington Nationals. Eventually, they also won the 2019 World Series over the Astros.

Is Aaron Barrett still playing baseball?

Yes, Aaron Barrett is still playing baseball. However, currently, he is a free agent.

What is Aaron Barrett’s win-loss record?

Aaron Barrett has a professional record of 6 wins and 3 losses to date.

Which bone did Aaron Barrett break while pitching?

Aaron Barrett fractured the humerus bone in his right arm while pitching at the Nationals’ minor league complex in Viera, Florida, on July 23, 2016.

What position does Aaron Barrett play in MLB?

Aaron Barrett is an American professional baseball player who plays in the pitcher position at MLB.

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