Slugging catcher hit .374 as a junior and added two more in abbreviated 2020 season


Calvert Hall baseball player Antonio Barranca, who missed most of his senior season, like all other high school players in the Class of 2020 shutdown by the Coronavirus, has been signed to a free agent contract by the Atlanta Braves.

Barranca was not selected in the abbreviated five-round 2020 Major League Baseball draft, held earlier this month, but he will now have an opportunity to pursue a professional career.

Primarily a catcher in high school, Barranca is also projected as a possible third-basemen. As a junior, he hit .374 (34-for-91) in helping the Cardinals go 24-6 and win the MIAA A Conference championship. He also hit seven doubles, one triple and four home runs, while driving in 31. In the handful of games Calvert Hall played this spring, Barranca hit .571 with two home runs.

Atlanta was one of several major league teams interested in signing Barranca, who is estimated to have received a $20,000 signing bonus.