The Pirates weren't done on the night after they took Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with the eighth overall pick they then turned around with them compensation pick and took Texas Tech outfielder Barrett Barnes with the 45th selection. The Pirates earned the compensation selection when Ryan Doumit signed with the Minnesota Twins in the off-season. Wooo.
While Barnes was not drafted out of high school he had a great career playing centerfield for the Red Raiders. He compiled a nice career line if he does sign with the Pirates with a .319 batting average with 171 runs scored, 51 doubles, nine triples, 33 home runs, 140 RBI, 113 walks and 50-of-56 stolen bases in 169 career games played. This past season he hit .325 in 55 games with 17 doubles, six triples and nine home runs. His .419 on base percentage was good for second on the team while he led all hitters with a .579 slugging percentage.
Barnes is a very athletic baseball player that has a decent chance of staying in centerfield and seems to be the type of player that the Pirates like to draft. From the scouting reports he is known for having outstanding speed and compliments that with pretty good plate discipline as his K:BB rate was pretty close to even at 37:32 in 206 at bats this season.
I have never seen Barnes play before so it is hard to really form an opinion but from the numbers and his career path it seems like he could be a very toolsy guy that can get into the system and start to get better from day one. In a system that is full of teams that don't have a lot of hitting talent it seems if they might have added a college bat that can do a little bit of everything.
Here is some video on Barnes:
Here is a little bio about Barnes that Texas Tech did before this season: