Matt Barnes (baseball)

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Matt Barnes
Boston Red Sox – No. 71
Born: (1990-06-17) June 17, 1990 (age 24)
Bethel, Connecticut
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Matthew D. Barnes (born June 17, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher in minor league baseball for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Barnes throws a mid-90s four-seam fastball, a curveball, and a changeup.[1] Prior to being drafted by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft, he played college baseball at University of Connecticut, where he was named a First Team All-American.


Matt Barnes
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Competitor for  United States
World University Baseball Championship
Silver 2010 Tokyo National team

Barnes went to Bethel High School in Bethel, Connecticut. In high school, he was named to the All-State team.[2] Following his high school career, he was not chosen in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft.[3] He then enrolled at the University of Connecticut, where he played college baseball for the Connecticut Huskies baseball team in the Big East Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I. As a freshman, he had a 5–3 win–loss record with a 5.43 earned run average (ERA) and 55 strikeouts in 53 innings pitched. As a sophomore, Barnes had an 8–3 record with a 3.92 ERA and 75 strikeouts.[4] In his junior season, Barnes had an 11–3 win-loss record and 1.11 ERA with 97 strikeouts in fourteen games started during the regular season, as the Huskies won their first conference regular season title.[5]

Barnes was twice named to the All-Big East team.[5] Barnes was named Big East Pitcher of the Year in 2011.[6] He was also named to the 2011 College Baseball All-America Teams of the American Baseball Coaches Association and Collegiate Baseball.[7][8] He was added to the Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list in 2011.[9]

While in college, Barnes played collegiate summer baseball for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[3] He also pitched for the United States national baseball team in the 2010 World University Baseball Championship, not allowing an earned run, as the United States won the silver medal.[5]

The Boston Red Sox selected Barnes with the 19th overall selection in the 2011 MLB Draft.[3] He was selected to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.[10]

Entering 2013, Barnes ranks 38th in the Top 100 Prospects list.[11]


  1. ^ Anderson, Mark (May 14, 2012). "Scouting Report: Matt Barnes (RHP)". Baseball Prospect Nation. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bethel's Barnes leads UConn baseball team into Big East tournament". NewsTimes. May 21, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Red Sox select Barnes". June 7, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2012. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Barnes has MLB potential but one goal — UConn championships". GreenwichTime. May 25, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Red Sox tab UConn's Barnes; Springer to Astros". NewsTimes. June 6, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ Associated Press. "Boston Red Sox draft UConn pitcher Matt Barnes in 1st round". Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2011 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-American Teams |". Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "2011 Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger All-Americans". College Baseball 360. June 2, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bethel's Barnes on Golden Spikes watch list". GreenwichTime. February 17, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  10. ^ 2012 All-Star Futures Game
  11. ^ Top 100 Prospects list

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