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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 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. Aug 26 - 3:52 PM

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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.
Aug 21 - 9:32 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.
Aug 10 - 12:34 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.
Aug 3 - 10:37 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.
Jun 22 - 11:01 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.
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.
Source: WEEI.com
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.
Source: WEEI.com
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.
Source: WEEI.com
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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Vazquez
2David Ross
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Dustin Pedroia
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Brock Holt
CF1Mookie Betts
RF1Allen Craig
2Shane Victorino
3Daniel Nava
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rubby De La Rosa
3Joe Kelly
4Allen Webster
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Burke Badenhop
6Tommy Layne
7Alex Wilson
8Edwin Escobar