Monday, June 6, 2011
Red Sox pick RHP Barnes at No. 19
With their first pick in the first round (No. 19 overall), the Red Sox selected Matt Barnes, a right-handed pitcher from UConn. Barnes is from Bethel, Conn. The pick was compensation for losing Victor Martinez to the Tigers.
Analysis from ESPN.com's Jason Churchill:
The Red Sox getting Barnes here is a coup. He's a potential No. 1 or 2 starter and already possesses a 93-97 mph fastball and potentially plus curveball. He holds his velocity late into games and could get to the majors quickly, especially if he gets his feet wet out of the bullpen. Boston has more picks coming on later this evening, but this is a tremendous start as most didn't believe Barnes would get this far.
Here’s a scouting report for ESPN.com’s Keith Law:
Barnes had a chance to establish himself as a top-10 or top-5 pick coming off an impressive summer with Team USA, but command problems have pushed him below a half-dozen other college arms who've come out throwing more and better strikes.
Barnes has a plus fastball at 93-95 and holds his velocity pretty well, mixing in an occasional low-90s two-seamer. His curveball is the eye-opener, 75-78 with depth and two-plane break, but he's been throwing a well below-average slider this spring, 79-81, flat and hittable.
Barnes doesn't command the fastball and tends to miss up with the pitch, the worst place to leave your fastball. He also doesn't repeat his delivery well, with many aspects varying from pitch to pitch -- his stride length (usually moderate, occasionally long), his movement off the mound (he's usually drifting off as he starts, but occasionally stays over it longer), and the timing of his elbow pronation. In that last area he can let his pitching elbow drift up fairly high, putting some stress on his shoulder and lengthening his arm action more.
Barnes' combination of size, velocity, and a strong second offering all make him a likely top-20 pick, but those delivery and command issues will probably steer a few teams up top in another direction.
Boston has three more picks tonight: