April 2012

Boston’s No. 1 pick in 2011 draft makes pro debut

Right handed pitcher Matt Barnes (13) of the Greenville Drive warms up before his professional debut in a game against the Lakewood BlueClaws on April 8, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

There has been quite a bit of buzz today over yesterday’s Greenville Drive pitching debut of Matt Barnes, the Boston Red Sox’ top pick in the 2011 draft.

With the Sox starting of this season at 0-3, fans must be looking for some bright spots, and Barnes fills the bill. Boston’s first pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft (19th overall selection) struck out nine over five scoreless innings and picked up a 4-0 victory.

It was a 4 p.m. game, and I’m not a big fan of the heavy hat shadows you normally find during day games, but I managed to get at least a couple of photos of Barnes that I like. I expect if he continues on this pace I won’t have many more opportunities to photograph him before he gets moved up.

Tonight’s game is likely to be closely watched as well, particularly in Upstate South Carolina. Simpsonville, S.C.’s Madison Younginer makes his Class A pitching debut and will be playing against former Clemson pitcher Will Lamb, starting for the visiting Hickory Crawdads.