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Matt Barnes | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Red Sox right-handed pitching prospect Matt Barnes allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk over five innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.
Barnes has done a great job limiting his walks this season, but it has come at the expense of his strikeout rate and his hit rate. In 2013, he had a combined 9.1 H/9 rate and a 11.3 K/9, but he has a 10.1 H/9 and a 7.1 K/9 rate in 2014. It will be interesting to see if Barnes can figure it out, but the 24-year old University of Connecticut product will be given ample time to develop given the Red Sox lack of openings in their rotation and depth of potential options. Jun 22 - 11:01 AM

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Red Sox prospect RHP Matt Barnes allowed one run on two hits in five innings Thursday for Triple-A Pawtucket.

The 23-year-old struck out six batters and walked two in the outing, his second of the 2014 season, and threw strikes with 52 of 86 pitches. Barnes' performance Thursday was an improvement over his season debut, when he allowed one run (on six hits) in five innings but also fanned and walked a pair of batters. The right-hander still needs to refine his breaking ball and overall command, but should contribute at the major league level in some capacity later in the season.
May 2 - 3:39 PM

Red Sox right-handed pitching prospect Matt Barnes has a strong 2014 debut on Friday for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing six hits (one double), two runs (one earned), and two walks while striking out two and inducing a double play.

For his professional career, Barnes has averaged 10.5 K/9, so the two strikeouts are interesting. Barnes threw 46 of hit 83 pitches for strikes (55%), which will need to improve if Barnes is going to be successful at the major league level.
Apr 26 - 10:14 AM

Red Sox right-handed pitching prospect Matt Barnes is set to make his 2014 debut on Friday against the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.

Barnes is scheduled to throw around 75 pitches. He projects as a solid mid-rotation starter with a lot of strikeouts and too many walks.
Apr 24 - 9:50 AM

Red Sox reassigned RHP Matt Barnes, RHP Miguel Celestino, INF Heiker Meneses, LHP Henry Owens, RHP Noe Ramirez, 1B Travis Shaw, and C Blake Swihart to minor league camp.

The Red Sox now have 46 players in big-league camp, down from 58. Barnes, the 19th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft, posted an underwhelming 4.13 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 113 1/3 innings last season between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. But he boasts 275 strikeouts in 233 career minor league frames and could reach Boston at some point this summer.
Mar 13 - 9:59 AM

Matt Barnes (shoulder) will not appear in Grapefruit League action this week.

Barnes has already been shut down for nearly a week due to shoulder inflammation. The Red Sox aren't overly concerned, but there's no reason to push the top prospect. He'll begin the year at Triple-A.
Mar 9 - 10:48 AM

Red Sox pitching prospect Matt Barnes has been shut down indefinitely with shoulder inflammation.

The Red Sox don't think it's anything serious, but they also don't want to risk making the matter worse in spring training. "We're being overly cautious," Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged on Tuesday. Barnes, 23, was the 19th overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Mar 4 - 9:59 AM

Red Sox prospect Matt Barnes has been promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The 23-year-old righty went 5-10 with a 4.33 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 135/46 K/BB ratio in 108 innings at Double-A Portland. A first round selection from the 2011 draft class, Barnes has a chance to crack the Red Sox rotation during the 2014 season.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 08:19:00 PM

Red Sox prospect Matt Barnes allowed seven runs over just 1 2/3 innings in his start Sunday at Double-A Portland.

He gave up six hits, including three home runs, before being pulled in the second inning. Barnes hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his previous six outings. The 22-year-old top prospect now has a 5.62 ERA in 11 Double-A starts.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 02:00:00 PM

Red Sox prospect Matt Barnes allowed three runs on five hits over six innings and had seven strikeouts in his start Friday with Double-A Portland.

Barnes had his best velocity of the season, hitting 97 mph. Over his last four starts, he now has a 1.96 ERA with 28 strikeouts and seven walks in 23 innings. Barnes has made considerable strides with his changeup this year and should continue to move quickly through Boston's minor league system. Baseball America ranks him as the No. 40 overall prospect.
Sat, May 18, 2013 12:15:00 PM

Red Sox prospect Matt Barnes has been promoted to High-A Salem after a short stay in the South Atlantic League.

Barnes allowed just one run and registered a dominant 42/4 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings for Low-A Greenville. The 21-year-old right-hander was a first-round pick of the Red Sox in last year's June Amateur Draft and should continue rising quickly through Boston's farm system.
Mon, Apr 30, 2012 12:04:00 PM

Red Sox agreed to terms with first-round pick RHP Matt Barnes.

Barnes was handed a signing bonus worth $1.5 million. He posted flashy numbers during his time with UConn and could rise quickly through Boston's farm system as a reliever. They'll first try him as a starter, though.
Tue, Aug 16, 2011 12:38:00 AM

The Red Sox took Connecticut right-hander Matt Barnes and high school catcher Blake Swihart with their two first-round picks.

Barnes, the second UConn player to go in the first round, throws 91-94 mph and has an excellent slider. He has a long way to go before he'll be ready to help as a starter, but some think he could come quick as a reliever. Maybe he'll go the Justin Masterson route. Swihart is a switch-hitter with a very projectable bat. He's a tough sign and he may not stay behind the plate, but he could be a middle-of-the-order hitter someday.
Mon, Jun 6, 2011 09:55:00 PM

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