April 7, 2013

On Baseball: His heart's on baseball, and so much more

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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"I've been very impressed the times I watched him pitch," said Sea Dogs pitching coach Bob Kipper. "Power body, power arm, intelligent. There was a lot to like about the stuff and execution."

Barnes, 6-foot-4, has a mid-90s fastball that can hit 98 mph, a very good curveball and a developing changeup.

He pitched for Bethel High and, after going undrafted, attended UConn on scholarship. In his junior year, Barnes' starts became must-see events for pro scouts.

Boston took him with the 19th overall draft pick and gave him a $1.5 million signing bonus.

Last year, Barnes was 2-0 with a 0.34 in low Class A Greenville in five starts before jumping to advanced Class A Salem (5-5, 3.58). For the year, he struck out 133 in 119 innings, with 29 walks.

Now Barnes is in Double-A, with his Sea Dogs debut Monday night against Reading.

He knows, of course, how to focus on fastballs and off-speed pitches. But away from the game, Barnes' thoughts occasionally drift back to Dec. 14.

"A terrible tragedy struck close to home," Barnes wrote on his Twitter account. "Continue to pray for them and never forget those angels we lost that day."

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