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Barrett Barnes Selected 45th Overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates

Barnes is the second first round pick in Texas Tech history

June 4, 2012


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LUBBOCK, Texas - The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Texas Tech junior center fielder Barrett Barnes (Sugar Land, Texas) with the 45th overall pick in the supplemental first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Monday evening.

Barnes becomes just the second Red Raider in school history to be drafted in the first round while becoming the third highest drafted Texas Tech player in program history.

Barnes, a three-time All-Big 12 selection and preseason All-American, led Texas Tech and ranked among the Big 12 leaders in numerous offensive statistical categories while batting .325 (67-for-206) with 17 double, six triples, nine home runs and 49 RBI with 19-of-20 stolen bases.

A fixture in the Texas Tech all-time record book after just three seasons, Barnes owns a .319 career batting average with 203base hits, 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.

One of the most decorated players in school history, Barnes has received 58 individual awards, honors and recognitions over his three seasons as a Red Raider, including Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2010, named to numerous Freshman All-America teams and was named to four preseason All-America squads prior to this season.

Barnes was the fourth Big 12 player taken on Monday following Oklahoma State LHP Andrew Heaney (No. 9 - Miami Marlins), Texas A&M OF Tyler Naquin (No. 15 - Cleveland Indians) and Texas A&M RHP Michael Wacha (No. 19 - St. Louis Cardinals).

- Barnes is Texas Tech's 124th all-time MLB Draft pick/free agent selection in program history.
- Barnes becomes the third highest MLB Draft pick in Texas Tech history.
- Barnes is the second highest outfielder drafted in Texas Tech history (Donald Harris, 1989, 1st Round - No. 5 overall - Texas).
- Barnes is Tech's highest MLB Draft pick since 1996 (Matt Miller, Detroit Tigers - 1st Round, No. 41).
- Barnes is the 23rd Texas Tech outfielder to be drafted/sign free agent with an MLB organization.
- Barnes is the fifth player in Texas Tech history to be drafted/signed free agent with the Pirates.
- Barnes is the highest drafted outfielder by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the MLB Draft since 2005 (Andrew McCutchen - No. 11 overall - 1st Round).
- Texas Tech now has 10 all-time top 100 picks in the MLB Draft.
- Marks the 25th consecutive MLB Draft that Texas Tech has had at least one selection (1988-2012).
- Texas Tech has now had at least one MLB Draft selection in 29 of the last 30 MLB Drafts dating back to 1982.
- Since the start of the Big 12 Conference (1997), Texas Tech is one of three Big 12 programs (Texas A&M, Oklahoma State) to have at least one top-14 round selection during every season (16 straight seasons).
- Barnes becomes the 20th MLB Draft pick under Dan Spencer at Texas Tech.
- Marks the fifth top-five round MLB Draft pick under Spencer at Tech.
- Spencer coached a total of six top-10 round MLB Draft picks at Texas Tech (2008-2012).



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