April 29, 2012 at 5:25 PM
SoxProspects sources indicated that right-hander Matt Barnes will be promoted and make his next start for Salem. The 21-year-old has breezed through the South Atlantic League, allowing just a single run in 26.2 innings over five starts. He struck out 42 batters and walked only 4. Barnes made his fifth start of the year for Low A Greenville on Sunday, allowing 1 run, his first of the year, on 3 hits and no walks while striking out 8 over 5.2 innings.
Barnes has been dominant for Greenville, winning SoxProspects Pitcher of the Week honors each of the first three weeks of the year and setting himself up to win again with two more stellar starts this week. His first High A start will likely be on Saturday at Winston-Salem (CWS).