Selected by the Boston Red Sox in the first round (19th overall) of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Connecticut. Barnes was used in the ninth inning after Brandon Workman was traded to the Phillies earlier Friday. Barnes picked up the save Tuesday against the Orioles after recording the final out of the game. He struck out two. While Barnes should be the favorite for the Red Sox's save opportunities, manager Ron Roenicke said after the game that he wouldn't be used as a traditional closer, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. The save chance had a higher degree of difficulty considering a runner began on second base, but he also struggled to find the strike zone, allowing one run to score on a wild pitch and also issuing a free pass. Went 11-5 with 1.93 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 17 starts as a junior at UConn. ... Was unanimously chosen Big East Pitcher of the Year, was named a Louisville Slugger and Baseball America All-American and selected to the Big East All-Academic Team in 2011. After the Red Sox took a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning, Barnes came out for the bottom of the seventh and immediately walked J.T. He allowed one hit and no walks while striking out two. Barnes surrendered a game-tying home run to Gary Sanchez, the fourth home run he's allowed in 21.2 innings (1.7 HR/9). Barnes entered the game in the ninth inning with a one-run lead. text-decoration:none; He's been slightly less effective with a 5.59 ERA in 9.2 innings across his first nine appearances this season, but he could be thrust into the closer's role with Workman out of the picture for Boston. Although Roenicke wouldn't commit to using Barnes as a traditional closer, he said that he'd likely get the majority of the team's save opportunities. No guarantees are made for any specific outcome. He allowed one hit and no walks while striking out zero. color:#fff; Workman was officially named Boston's closer to start the season, but Barnes should still see plenty of high-leverage opportunities. width:100%; The right-hander delivered 13 of … padding:15px; Considered a top closing candidate prior to last season, Barnes wound up saving just four games. display:inline-block; Pawtucket Red Sox placed RHP Matt Barnes on the 7-day disabled list. April 5, 2012: Matt Barnes assigned to Greenville Drive from Lowell Spinners. August 29, 2017 Boston Red Sox sent RHP Matt Barnes on a rehab assignment to Portland Sea Dogs. Ranked No. Barnes was called upon to protect a one-run lead in the 10th inning. Matt Barnes assigned to Greenville Drive from Lowell Spinners. Matt Barnes assigned to Greenville Drive from Lowell Spinners. Barnes punched out the first batter of the ninth and then induced a pair of lineouts to end the ballgame. Barnes has now strung together two consecutive dominant outings, and he's earned saves in each of those appearances. src=""/>, .promo_edge { Given that Barnes is already locked in as one of the top setup men for closer Brandon Workman heading into the season, the Red Sox have spent the early portion of spring training evaluating their other relief options who are fighting for spots in the Opening Day bullpen. For a second straight game, Barnes entered in the eighth inning to shepherd a lead to closer Brandon Workman. Led Red Sox farmhands in ERA, strikeouts and opponents' average in 2012. Barnes inherited a couple of baserunners with one out in the seventh inning and immediately walked a batter before escaping the bases-loaded threat. He continues to be used primarily as a fireman, entering high-leverage situations in the seventh or eighth inning. Boston Red Sox recalled Matt Barnes from Pawtucket Red Sox. ... Was a non-roster invitee to Boston's big league camp in 2014 Spring Training. Matt Barnes. } He's now converted on five of his last six save chances and has the closer's role well in hand. Matt Barnes had heard the buzz all day, so when he and Brandon Workman were about to walk out to the bullpen together Friday night, he wasn’t surprised to hear his teammate get called back to the clubhouse.