Matt Barnes, Relief Pitcher, Boston Red Sox, #68
Date of Birth: 6/17/1990
Birthplace: Danbury, Connecticut
College: University of Connecticut
Current Salary: $511,000
Matt Barnes, relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, was a top player at the University of Connecticut. In 2011, he was named the Big East Pitcher of the Year.
Barnes was drafted by the Red Sox in 2011. He played in Boston's minor league system from 2012 through part of 2015. He was originally a starting pitcher and he transitioned to being a relief pitcher in 2014. In 90 games (77 as a starting pitcher), he pitched 398.1 innings and he had a 3.68 ERA, a 22-25 win-loss record, and 419 strikeouts to 145 walks.
Barnes first joined the Red Sox for five games in 2014. He spent most of that season in the minors, pitching in just 9.0 innings with the Red Sox and in 127.2 innings in the minors. In 2015, he pitched 43.0 innings in 32 games with the Red Sox. He finished the season with a 5.44 ERA and 39 strikeouts to 15 walks.
Barnes finished the 2016 season with a 4.05 ERA in 62 games. He had 4 wins to 3 losses, 1 save, and 71 strikeouts to 31 walks in 66.2 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 1.2 innings in 1 games and he gave up 3 hits and 1 run.
Career pitching statistics for Barnes through 2016 include:
- 99 games played
- 118.2 innings pitched
- 7-7 win-loss record
- 118 strikeouts to 48 walks
- 4.55 ERA
In December, 2013, Barnes started an annual baseball clinic for elementary school children in Newtown, Connecticut.