Born: July 29, 1991
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st (Supplemental) Round, 45th Overall, 2012
How Acquired: Draft
College: Texas Tech University
Agent: N/A


The Pirates selected Barnes with the supplemental pick they received as compensation for Ryan Doumit.  Baseball America rated Barnes the 41st best prospect in the draft.  He’s attractive as a player who could stick in center and who has very good power potential due to excellent bat speed.  He may not hit for average, but is willing to take pitches and so could make up for a lower average with walks.  The power will let him move to a corner if he doesn’t make it in center, although it’d have to be left because he has a below average arm.  He has good but not outstanding speed, but has been a very efficient base stealer in college.  His college stats show that he had his best year as a freshman, but it has to be remembered that the NCAA switched to less explosive metal bats after the 2010 season and many hitters saw their numbers reduced.  The Pirates were widely reported to be looking for a hitter in round one, but had RHP Mark Appel fall to them unexpectedly.  They evidently made up for it by selecting Barnes.  He agreed to terms a week after the draft for a $1M bonus.  That was $136,400 below slot.

A-:  288/401/456, 125 AB, 6 2B, 5 HR, 17 BB, 21 K, 10-16 SB

Barnes got off to a slow start as the regular centerfielder for State College and didn’t have any extra base hits in June, when he posted a .583 OPS.  In July, however, he hit 309/436/568.  He suffered a stress fracture in his leg at the end of the month and missed the rest of the year.  The injury is not expected to have long-term consequences.  Baseball America rated Barnes as the 10th best prospect in the New York-Penn League.

A:  268/338/399, 183 AB, 9 2B, 5 HR, 17 BB, 48 K, 10-13 SB

Barnes’ 2013 was frustrating as he repeatedly ran into injury problems.  He was limited by back stiffness in camp and he opened the season in extended spring training.  He got into ten games in late April and the beginning of May, then went on the disabled list with a right hamstring injury.  He returned in June, but in mid-July he went back on the DL for the rest of the season after straining the same hamstring.  The last injury occurred just when Barnes appeared to be getting hot.  He hit just 222/309/236 in his first 18 games and 297/358/505 in his last 28, including 343/410/543 in his last ten.  The Pirates played him exclusively in center.

R:  313/560/813, 16 AB, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 BB, 3 K, 1-1 SB
A:  154/267/154, 13 AB, 2 BB, 2 K, 2-2 SB
A+:  238/333/333, 21 AB 2 2B, 3 BB, 5 K, 1-1 SB

Barnes’ 2014 season was almost completely wiped out by injuries.  He played in only 17 games, nearly half of them during a rehab stint in the GCL.  The Pirates sent him back to West Virginia, but he injured a hamstring running to first in just his fourth games, two plays before Harold Ramirez did the exact same thing.  Barnes wasn’t able to begin a rehab assignment for nearly three months.  After that, the Pirates sent him to Bradenton.  After just six games there, he went out with an oblique strain and didn’t return.

Whether Barnes will ever spend significant time on the field is looking like a dubious proposition.  He clearly has potential, but he’s managed to get into only 101 games in three seasons, and the injuries are occurring faster each time.  The Pirates will send him to Bradenton to try it again in 2015.

Baseball Reference–Minors
2010 .341 .465 .641 217 19 2 14 40 50 12 3
2011 .290 .414 .509 214 15 1 10 41 57 19 2
2012 .325 .419 .597 206 17 6 9 32 37 19 1
2015: Minor league contract.
Signing Bonus: $1,000,000
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2015
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 4, 2012: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st (Supplemental) round, 45th overall pick; signed on June 15.