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Matt Barnes | Relief Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Red Sox recalled RHP Matt Barnes from Triple-A Pawtucket.
The 24-year-old has been used as a starter in the minor leagues but is being recalled to provide an extra fresh arm in the bullpen. With the continued struggles in the Red Sox rotation though, it's only a matter of time before he gets an opportunity to shine there. May 9 - 10:08 AM

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Red Sox optioned RHP Matt Barnes to Triple-A Pawtucket.

He was only up for a day, throwing two scoreless relief innings. Barnes will return to a starting role at Pawtucket.
Apr 26 - 10:37 AM

Red Sox recalled RHP Matt Barnes from Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Red Sox placed Shane Victorino (hamstring) on the 15-day DL, opening up a roster spot for Barnes. The 24-year-old was starting for Pawtucket, but he'll be used out of the bullpen in Boston. This will be Barnes' second stint in the majors after appearing in five games for the Red Sox last September.
Apr 25 - 5:13 PM

Red Sox optioned RHP Matt Barnes to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Sox considered carrying Barnes as a reliever, but they'll send him down to the minors to continue letting him work as a starter. He made a nice impression out of the bullpen this spring, boasting an 18/3 K/BB ratio over 13 innings.
Apr 3 - 3:45 PM

Matt Barnes (food poisoning) is scheduled to pitch on Thursday.

Nothing to see here. If Barnes makes the Red Sox Opening Day roster, it will be as a reliever, but he's likely to begin the season in Triple-A.
Apr 1 - 8:59 AM

Matt Barnes, who had his scheduled altered to pitch Tuesday, gave up two runs in an inning of relief against the Braves.

The Red Sox had been treating Barnes like a starter this spring, but he's now being looked at as a relief possibility. Of course, this didn't help his case, and he'll still mostly likely lose out to the crowd and open the season in Triple-A. However, he would be quite a bit more likely to be an asset to the Red Sox this year in relief than as a starter.
Mar 17 - 4:49 PM

Matt Barnes finished out a win over the Cardinals on Monday, pitching two scoreless innings for a save.

Barnes allowed one hit, walked none and struck out three. He'd be intriguing as a reliever for the Red Sox this year, but since the team cleared out fellow youngsters Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and Anthony Ranaudo over the winter, their starting depth isn't what it figured to be. As a result, Barnes will most likely remain a starter for the foreseeable future.
Mar 9 - 3:51 PM

The Red Sox have told Matt Barnes to prepare as a starter this spring.

It's not a big surprise. Barnes pitched as a reliever when he made his major league debut last September, but he remains one of Boston's top pitching prospects. The 24-year-old is expected to begin the season with Triple-A Pawtucket, but he could be a factor at some point in 2015.
Feb 10 - 2:24 PM

Red Sox purchased the contract of RHP Matt Barnes from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Barnes is being rewarded with a September callup after posting a 3.95 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 103/46 K/BB ratio in 127 2/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level. He will pitch out of the bullpen down the stretch before challenging for a rotation spot next spring.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 03:38:00 PM

Red Sox prospect RHP Matt Barnes allowed two runs on four hits and two walks struck out four batters over 7 1/3 innings on Monday for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Barnes’ prospect stock was already declining heading into 2014, so it certainly didn’t help that he began the season by posting a 5.06 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 74 2/3 innings at Pawtucket. However, things seemingly have clicked for the 24-year-old right-hander over the last month, as he’s pitched to a sparkling 1.59 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 39 2/3 innings (six starts). Meanwhile, opposing hitters are batting just .153/.227/.204 against him during that span. Barnes is an under-the-radar candidate for a September call-up, as the Red Sox will need to add him to their 40-man roster this fall to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 03:52:00 PM

Red Sox prospect righty Matt Barnes struck out seven over 6 1/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits and three walks for Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday.

Barnes had a brutal 5.06 ERA and opposing hitters had a .297/.366/.422 line with a 6.9 K/9 through his start on July 12. During his six outings since then, he has a 1.63 ERA and has held opposing batters to a .150/.230/.203 line with a 7.5 K/9. Barnes could be a solid No. 3 major league starter long-term, but his poor control results in high pitch totals and too many walks. During his hot streak, he has thrown in excess of 62 percent of his pitches for strikes, which is a good step forward. He should be up at some point in early-2015, and could even see a cup of coffee this September.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 09:32:00 AM

Red Sox right-handed pitching prospect Matt Barnes struck out four batters over six innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, scattering four hits and three walks while allowing two runs.

Barnes threw 61 of his 101 pitches for strikes, and has shown much better control and command over the past few starts. The Red Sox seem committed to rebuilding their pitching from within, and Barnes could be part of that change. He has the potential to be a solid No. 3 pitcher, but will need to throw more strikes in order to reach his potential.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 12:34:00 PM

Red Sox right-handed pitching prospect Matt Barnes struck out 10 in seven no-hit innings, allowing two walks for Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.

Barnes has had a rough 2014, as he has had a 4.45 ERA, 1.430 WHIP, and a 7.3 K/9, while opposing batters have hit .266/.339/.378 off him. He has pitched well since the Triple-A All Star Game, holding opposing batters to a .115/.214/.164 line with an 8.8 K/9. Barnes is still just 24, and has time to figure it out, but he has been passed on the organizational depth chart by Anthony Ranaudo and Henry Owens, though the Red Sox's recent trades could open a door for him in 2015.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 10:37:00 AM

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.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 11:01:00 AM

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.
Fri, May 2, 2014 03:39:00 PM

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