In what came as a shocking move on Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox promoted pitching prospect Matt Barnes from Double-A Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket with only a handful of regular season games left.
Barnes, the Red Sox first round draft pick in 2011 from the University of Connecticut, hasn’t had the ideal season fans were expecting from him prior to the beginning of the season. In 24 starts with the Sea Dogs, Barnes has gone 5-10 with a 4.33 ERA in 108 innings. His strikeout numbers were impressive as he struck out 135 strikeouts.
The month of August hasn’t been kind to him either as he has gone 0-3 in four starts with a 4.12 ERA in 19 innings. Some suggest that he is pitching better than his numbers actually indicate.
Tonight, he will make his Triple-A debut with the Pawsox against the Syracuse Chiefs at McCoy Stadium as the Pawtucket tries to close out the IL North Division Title by the end of the weekend.
It is uncertain how many starts Barnes will get with Pawsox but with the team’s good chances to play in the playoffs, he may get some few additional starts since rosters will be expanding on Sunday and the team will need additional pitching.
CLNSRadio.com will be covering Barnes’s first Triple-A start with the Pawsox tonight, so be sure to follow @CLNSRedSox on Twitter for live game updates from McCoy Stadium.