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68 Matt Barnes SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/205 | Birthdate: 6/17/1990 | Birthplace: Danbury, CT | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 4/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Red Sox option Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) The Red Sox announced Friday they optioned pitchers Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Barnes, who was being considered for a bullpen role in the majors, will be stretched out as a starter. Workman will work as a reliever at Pawtucket.


Red Sox's Matt Barnes (food poisoning) to pitch Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes is scheduled to pitch on Thursday against the Twins, according to the Providence Journal on Wednesday. Barnes dealt with food poisoning earlier this week. He has a 5.25 ERA through 12 innings of work this spring.

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes shines again in outing Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes continues to impress the club with his poise and prowess on the mound, reports the Boston Herald. Barnes was called on with two runners on and two outs after previous pitcher, Stephen Wright, gave up five unearned runs.

He managed to get a groundball and get out of the inning. He finished with four strikeouts and no runs allowed  in 2 1/3 innings of work.

"It was good to be in a situation like that, coming in, especially in the middle of an inning, I haven't done that in a while, starting an inning with a guy on second and having to pitch through that," said Barnes. "I was happy with all of it."


Red Sox continue to look at Matt Barnes in relief role


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) The Red Sox are looking at Matt Barnes as a reliever, after using him in a starter's role early in the spring. 

The Sox plan to use Barnes more often, in shorter stints, instead of working to stretch him out, according to WEEI's Rob Bradford

“I wanted to take a look at him earlier in the game against more of the ‘A’ type lineups as opposed to the first couple of times out and today was the first exposure to that,” manager John Farrell said after Monday's one-inning outing. “We’re still taking a look at him in shorter stints right now.”


Red Sox ready to consider Matt Barnes as option for bullpen?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) The Red Sox have maintained they consider prospect Matt Barnes a starting pitcher. However, his performance Thursday against the Twins has opened the door for Boston to potentially consider Barnes as a bullpen option.

Barnes struck out three batters in two scoreless relief innings Thursday. His fastball reached 97 mph and he featured a tight breaking ball, per WEEI.com.

The Red Sox likely have just two spots in the bullpen open, but Barnes could change their plans. Barnes did make five relief appearances for Boston last season.

“If everyone was healthy, we probably viewed two spots in competition among a group of four or five,” manager John Farrell said. “Does an outing like last night increase the pool? I don’t know that we need to anoint that yet, but that was a really good outing to watch.

“I don’??t have a whole lot of history with Matt Barnes, but that was a different guy than even what we saw in September. Sometimes you look for silver linings in an otherwise frustrating year and talking with Matt Barnes, he has a better understanding of who he is as a pitcher, what’??s required at the major-league level and the constant focus and concentration needed, all those were talked openly by him. And he went out last night and demonstrated some of the things he learned last year. Breaking balls much tighter. I’??ve never seen that kind of velocity from him. He was a different guy last night.”


Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes told to stretch out as starter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) Red Sox prospect Matt Barnes said he's been told to prepare as a starting pitcher this spring, according to The Boston Globe. Barnes, who has been a starter in the minors, made his MLB debut in 2014 as a reliever.

Barnes, who was an MLB.com top-100 prospect in 2014, is 21-24 with a 3.64 ERA over three seasons in the minors. He went 8-9 with a 3.95 ERA at Triple-A Pawtucket last season.


Matt Barnes tosses three scoreless innings in MLB debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Red Sox pitching prospect Matt Barnes made his major-league debut Tuesday, giving up three hits and striking out two in three scoreless innings of relief in his team's 4-1 loss to the Orioles.

Barnes threw a whopping 30 of his 38 pitches for strikes in the debut performance. It was a nice showing after he went 8-9 with a 3.95 ERA and 103:46 K:BB ratio in 127 2/3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket.


Matt Barnes added to Boston bullpen


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) The Red Sox added pitching prospect Matt Barnes to the major-league roster Monday when they purchased his contract from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Barnes was bothered by a shoulder injury during spring training, but fought through it to post a solid season at Pawtucket. The 24-year-old posted a 3.95 ERA with 103 strikeouts and 46 walks in 127 2/3 innings of work. 


Matt Barnes getting closer to Triple-A assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Red Sox starting pitcher prospect Matt Barnes, who was bothered by a shoulder injury in spring training, tossed 3 2/3 innings during an extended spring game Wednesday, per The Providence Journal. Barnes appears closer to an assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Matt Barnes might miss start of minor-league season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell said starting pitcher prospect Matt Barnes, who has been slowed by a shoulder injury, threw from 120 feet Thursday, per MLB.com. 

"We expect him to be back on the mound by the end of the month," Farrell said. "How that affects his actual start at the minor-league level remains to be seen. But he's making excellent progress."


Matt Barnes not ready to make return from sore shoulder


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Red Sox starting pitcher prospect Matt Barnes is not yet ready to return from a sore shoulder. The right-handed pitcher is not on the team's spring pitching schedule this week, per The Boston Globe.

Matt Barnes hoping to play catch Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes is hoping to play catch Thursday, according to the Boston Globe

Barnes has been dealing with a sore shoulder, but said he feels fine now. The injury wasn't considered serious, and Barnes could move quickly if he's able to get through throwing sessions without any setbacks. 


Matt Barnes dealing with shoulder soreness


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes has been shut down with shoulder soreness, according to the Boston Herald.

Barnes will be shut down for a few days, but the injury isn't thought to be serious. The shoulder is structurally sound, and the club is just trying to be cautious. 


Matt Barnes promoted to Triple-A


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Red Sox pitching prospect Matt Barnes will make his Triple-A Pawtucket debut Thursday, WEEI.com reports Wednesday. The 23-year-old was just promoted from Double-A Portland. 

Barnes had an up-and-down season with Portland. Over 24 starts, the right-hander went 5-10 with a 4.33 ERA. That said, he's also leading the Eastern League with 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings. 


Matt Barnes having down year in minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2013) It's been a rough year for Red Sox starting pitching prospect Matt Barnes. The 2011 first-round pick (19th overall) is 4-6 with a 5.22 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and .284 opponents' batting average in 17 starts for Double-A Portland.

Barnes has had only one outstanding month in 2013, when he went 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA in six May starts. Otherwise, he went 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in four April starts, 1-3 with a 6.86 ERA in five June starts and is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in two July starts.

One of the few bright spots for Barnes this year has been his strikeout-to-walk ratio. He has struck out 88 batters and walked 28 in 70 2/3 innings. Barnes is considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 38) and Baseball America (No. 40).


Matt Barnes pitching more consistently


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2013) Red Sox prospect Matt Barnes has delievered a 1.96 ERA over his last four starts with Double-A Portland, WEEI.com reports Saturday.

On Friday, Barnes allowed three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts over six innings. He walked a batter. He has 28 strikeouts with seven walks over his last 23 innings.

Matt Barnes turns it around in May


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2013) Red Sox starting pitcher prospect Matt Barnes has rebounded in May after a disatrous April. Although he didn't win a third straight start Saturday for Double-A Portland, Barnes managed to allowed less than two runs for a third straight outing.

Barnes is 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA and .177 opponents' batting average through three May starts. He also has 21 strikeouts to six walks in 17 innings. This coming after he was 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA and .387 opponents' batting average in four April starts. Barnes entered the season as the Red Sox's third-best prospect, according to MLB.com.


Boston has wealth of starters at Double-A


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2013) After seemingly being starved of pitching depth last season, the Red Sox appear to have a wealth of options at the top levels of their minor-league system, CBS Sports Baseball Insider Danny Knobler writes. 

"They have four guys in the [Double-A] Portland rotation who all throw 96 [mph] or better," one scout said. "And two more guys out of the bullpen who throw 96."

One such prospect who a scout said is "close to ready" for the big leagues is Double-A Portland's Anthony Ranaudo. A first-round pick in 2010 who was injured most of last year, the 23-year-old is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 30 strikeouts over five starts and 27 innings. 

Portland also boasts Matt Barnes, a 2011 first-round pick, Brandon Workman and Drake Britton. Barnes is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA with 27 Ks over 20 innings. Workman is 4-0 with a 2.80 ERA and 42 Ks over 35 1/3 innings. Britton is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA and 30 Ks over 30 1/3 innings. 

"All four of those guys are going to be good pieces for the Red Sox," a scout said.


Help from teammate gets Matt Barnes on track


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2013) Red Sox pitching prospect Matt Barnes had his best start of the season Wednesday for Double-A Portland, striking out a season-high 10 batters in six innings. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks, while improving to 2-1 in five starts.

"I was able to command my fastball really well, especially early, and they're very aggressive," Barnes said, per MLB.com. "I wanted to throw strikes and try to force them to get themselves out early."

Barnes had an up-and-down April, going 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA and .387 opponents' batting average. But the 2011 first-round pick said he was able to bounce back Wednesday because teammate Brandon Workman helped him find a new grip for his curveball.

"Workman taught me how he threw it, so I toyed around with it, threw it in my bullpen, and it was really good," Barnes said. "I could throw it for strikes and as an out pitch, and that was a big difference, being able to command all three pitches in the zone."


Matt Barnes holding high hopes


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2013) Due to an organizational rule, Boston pitching prospect Matt Barnes lasted just one inning during his Double-A debut Monday night, but was still able to make a quick impression. Barnes recorded all three outs via strikeout, but was pulled after 33 pitches -- the Red Sox have capped their young arms at 30 pitches per inning and remove the pitcher from the game if he hits that total.

"I liked what I saw," pitching coach Bob Kipper told the Portland Press Herald. "That's electric stuff."

Barnes, considered the team's top pitching prospect by MLB.com, was on the hook for two runs and two hits while showcasing solid velocity on his fastball and improved off-speed pitches. Of his 33 pitches, 21 went for strikes.

"That's not how you draw up your first one, but overall I can't be too upset," said Barnes, who posted a tantalizing 133-to-29 strikeout-to-walk ratio across two Class A levels last season in his first professional campaign. "If I have stuff like that all year, I think it'll be pretty good."


Barnes hits wall in minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2012) Red Sox pitching prospect Matt Barnes is battling through some adversity at Class A Salem. The 2011 first-round pick ran his winless streak to four starts (0-2) with a loss Saturday. Barnes is 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA in four starts since the second half kicked off in the Carolina League. He was 5-1 with a 1.37 ERA in his first eight starts for Salem.