Height/Weight: 6’1”/210 lbs
College: Texas Tech
A right-handed hitter, Barnes has quick wrists that produce considerable bat speed and, in turn, plus raw power. His batting average in college is a result of his advanced plate discipline and ability to drive the ball. However, he is almost exclusively a pull hitter and will have to learn how to use the whole field—at least to an extent.
Barnes has a tendency to get too rotational with his upper body when swinging rather than using his loose wrists. However, it’s something that’s very correctable and should yield immediate results.
Beyond his power, Barnes’ most appealing tool is his plus speed, which has led to improved range in center field and plays up on the basepaths. Given that his arm is only slightly above average at best, he will be most valuable by remaining in center field.
He’s still very raw overall, but his power-speed combination—as well as his potential to stick in center—could have him in the major leagues by 2015.
Undrafted out of high school, Barnes is a classic late bloomer. His athleticism and bat give him a solid value with the 45th overall pick.