Oxford’s Jason Barber didn’t play like a freshman this season on the diamond. After a standout career at the middle school level — one that showed Barber’s unfair talent level against competition his own age — the freshman was dominant in games against players who were often two and three years his senior.
In a year where Barber (7-3) was projected to be the third starter by the end of year on the mound, he ended up being the Chargers’ ace. He finished the season tops on the team in ERA (2.14), innings pitched (65.1), complete games (6), shutouts (2) and strikeouts (75). He also had a save and the best WHIP (1.09) of all the starters on the staff.
Barber also played third base when he wasn’t pitching and collected team-highs in hits (35) and on-base percentage (.496), and second in batting average (.365) and RBIs (26) for a team that finished 27-11. It was the consistent effort of Barber that not only impressed his head coach, Chris Baughman, but was the reason he was named the 2013 Oxford EAGLE Player of the Year.