The coaches have been comparing Barber to KaVontae Turpin, and they’re not wrong. This kid is a beast.
"Great hands, explosive and amazing ball skills." he said when asked how to describe his game and how he's similar to current and former Horned Frogs like junior KaVontae Turpin. "And great in open space. Just get me the ball and I'll make something happen."
TCU is counting on being bigger across the defensive line this season, and the five freshmen linemen they brought in can help with that. Once paired with guys like Joe Broadnax, Ross Blacklock, L.J. Collier, and Chris Bradley, the line is going to be a force.
With the addition of 5 freshmen on the line, Patterson said that his defense is “bigger up front than what we’ve been.”
This group includes Ni’Jeel Meeking, George Ellis III, Corey Bethley, Terrell Cooper and Dennis Collins. All five are 6 feet 2 inches or taller and three of them weigh upwards of 260 pounds.
Featherston has been back and forth between Tampa Bay and their Triple-A affiliate in Durham a few times this season, and now he’s with the big club again. This will be an extended stay, and hopefully that means the Frog can get into a rhythm at the plate. While he’s hit poorly this season, his fielding has been incredible. He’s recorded just nine total errors all season (between both levels of play), between four different positions played (2B, 3B, LF, CF) at the minor league level, and four different positions played (1B, 2B, SS, 3B) at the major league level.
With Tim Beckham having been dealt to the Orioles just before the trade deadline, Featherston will head back to the majors to fill his spot on the active roster.