Matt Barnes started the 2012 season in quite a groove, striking out 43% of all batters faced, allowing a walk percentage of just 4.1%, a 240 BABIP against, sporting a ground ball percentage of 61%, and allowing no home runs in just under 27 innings of work with Low-A Greenville before a promotion to High-A Salem.
Once at Salem, his domination continued in his first month with the club (34 K%, 3 W%), though hitters were getting more hits on balls in play. His performance slowed in August, which brought his numbers back to earth, but the overall season was a very strong one for Barnes, leaving the Red Sox organization optimistic about what he can do next season and beyond.
The start I’m looking at in this article is one from earlier in the year, when he was on top of his game. I previously scouted Barnes when he was at UCONN, prior to the 2011 draft. As a pro, he showed off pretty much the same quality of stuff as he did in college. For me, the difference was that his ball was hitting its intended target much more often as a pro than it did in college.
The delivery was also tweaked a bit. There is a less…
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