Pirates Draft Barrett Barnes in the Comp Round

With the 45th pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected outfielder Barrett Barnes. The Texas Tech outfielder has plus power from the right handed side of the plate, and has the possibility to stick in center field. If he moves to a corner it would be left field, due to a lack of arm strength.

Barnes is a pull hitter, so PNC Park might eventually diminish his power if he makes it to the majors. Barnes hit for a .325/.419/.597 line in 206 at-bats this year, with nine homers. He led his Texas Tech team in homers and slugging percentage, while also showing off some speed with six triples and 19 steals in 20 attempts. In his career he was 50-for-56 in stolen base attempts. He also has good plate patience, with the willingness to take a walk. Barnes has drawn comparisons to Marlon Byrd.

The slot price for the 45th overall pick is $1,136,400. Barnes probably wouldn’t command the full amount, which means that this move could also create some money to pay Mark Appel an over-slot bonus.

Check back later for the day one recap, as well as the player page for Barnes.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

Share This Post On
  • ecbucs

    I must have made a mstake in trying to post earlier, but I don’t see why Barnes would want to sign for less than slot. If I was picked 45th I would expect to get slot money, that is what the slots are for.

  • PiratesFan

    Decent pick. Could’ve gotten a better player, but because he won’t command slot that could help us sign Appel.

  • jfffrsn

    Barnes said he thought the Milwaukee Brewers might take him with the No. 28 pick and when that fell through the San Diego Padres showed interest at No. 33. Barnes said the Padres lowballed him so he told them no thank you.
    The Pirates made him a great offer and he agreed. He has not signed but said he plans to.

    http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/fort_bend/sports/austin-grad-barnes-taken-by-pirates-in-mlb-draft/article_1490d74e-af39-11e1-8bfd-0019bb2963f4.html