The Pirates were awarded one compensation pick in this year’s supplemental round and chose OF Barrett Barnes 45th overall from Texas Tech. Barnes was rated as the 41st best prospect going into the draft by Baseball America.
Barnes, 20, hit .325/.419/.597 with nine home runs this season for the Red Raiders. He also stole 19 bases in 20 attempts.
Some more on Barnes from Coast 2 Coast Prospects:
He makes loud contact thanks to a very athletic frame that helps him generate above-average bat speed. His BB:K ratio is roughly 1:1, though swing and miss will be a part of his game and his approach is not as refined as it could be at the plate. He’s a known commodity in the Big 12 and a feared hitter in the middle of the line-up that can beat you with both his bat and his legs. Opinions differ on Barnes’ ability to make consistent contact at the next level, but the bat speed and the raw power are certainly intriguing.
In the outfield, he is athletic enough and his speed allows him to have good range in any of the three spots. He does have the range and arm strength for center and is the Red Raiders everyday CF this season. While he won’t be an exceptional center fielder, he can handle the position and could easily slide over to a corner and be a plus defender over there if necessary.
The assigned slot value of the 45th overall pick is $1,136,400. Here’s the Pirates’ selection of Barnes: