Baseball America Names Barrios No. 8 Prospect in Jayhawk League
Barrios batted .393 with four triples and 13 RBI this summer with Liberal
Aug. 22, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Incoming Texas Tech junior infielder Jake Barrios has been named the No. 8 prospect in the Jayhawk League by Baseball America. Barrios helped lead the Liberal Bee Jays to a ninth-place finish in the National Baseball Congress World Series earlier this month.
A two-year standout at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kan., Barrios (6-foot-3, 220) batted .393 this summer with two doubles, four triples, two home runs and 13 RBI while playing in the second half of the summer schedule.
Baseball America is currently ranking the "Top 10 Prospects" from summer collegiate leagues across the country. Barrios was No. 8 among all Jayhawk League players but also was ranked the No. 2 prospect among the league's shortstops.
He earned first team Jayhawk West All-Conference and NJCAA All-Region VI as a freshman in 2011 and was named the league's freshman of the year. He finished his first collegiate campaign batting .359 (79-for-220) with 13 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 58 RBI.
He also helped lead the Saints to the NJCAA World Series in 2011 where Seward County captured two victories, and Barrios was named to the JUCO All-Tournament Team.
Barrios started the 2011-12 academic year at LSU, but returned to Seward County following the fall semester. He completed his junior-college career batting .354 (70-for-198) with 45 runs, 14 doubles, two triples and 49 RBI in 2012.
Barrios is the 11th player from Seward County to transfer to Texas Tech since 1993. Several former Saints have made an immediate impact for the Red Raiders, including most recently right-handed pitcher Bobby Doran and shortstop Kelby Tomlinson.
Doran was a fourth-round selection by the Houston Astros in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft following his only season at Tech. Tomlinson was a 12th round pick by the San Francisco Giants after his one season at Tech (2012) where he became the first Big 12 player ever to receive the ABCA Rawlings Division I Gold Glove Award.