2011 MLB Draft Tracker: Red Sox Pick UConn Ace Matt Barnes

19. Boston Red Sox: Matt Barnes (RHP, University of Connecticut)

The Red Sox have a long-standing interest in New England talent, and they have a great one here with University of Connecticut ace Matt Barnes. Big and strong at 6-4, 205, Barnes works with a mid-90s fastball, mixing in a plus curveball and greatly improved changeup. His statistics are excellent: 11-4, 1.62 ERA with a 111/31 K/BB in 117 innings.

It is hard to believe that Barnes wasn't drafted out of high school, but he developed rapidly in college and thrived in the 2010 Cape Cod League, putting himself on the radar for this spring. His mechanics are clean and his command is very strong for a power pitcher. He profiles out as a number two starter, and was considered a candidate for as early as the sixth or seventh pick of the draft at one point. Boston fans should be very happy with this selection.

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