By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Texas Tech outfielder Barrett Barnes with the 45th overall pick of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft Monday night.

Barnes — 6-foot-1, 195 pounds — hit .325 for Texas Tech in 2012 with nine home runs and 49 RBIs in 55 games. For his college career, he is a .319 hitter with 33 home runs and 140 RBIs in 169 games.

Here’s what his scouting report on says:

“Strong and athletic, Barnes is a little raw as a baseball player, but he has some offensive upside. His best tools are his raw power and his speed, and some of both have shown up in his performance this year. A center fielder currently, Barnes might be best suited for a corner spot when all is said and done. That might mean left field, as his arm is fringy average. He gets high marks for his intensity on the field. Considering the knock against Barnes was that he was more athlete than player, the fact he’s performed well for Texas Tech offsets that a bit and should help him come off the board in the early stages of the Draft.”

Chris Gates | Bucs Blog

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