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2011 MLB Draft: Red Sox Select RHP Matt Barnes At No. 19

The Red Sox have selected Matt Barnes, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Connecticut with the 19th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.

Barnes, a 6-foot-4, 200 pound flamethrower has often drawn comparisons to Justin Verlander. While his velocity isn't up there just yet, he could add some bulk to make it reach the mid-to-high 90's with greater regularity, and he's got some good run on it already. His curveball is his best secondary offering by far, with a work-in-progress changeup that could well be an above average third offering.

Barnes has good stuff, strong command, and has both a high floor and ceiling. By all accounts, he fell into their laps after some early pick confusion in the draft. While his college peripherals aren't quite as high as you might expect from someone with his ability, the Sox have picked up a special prospect in Barnes. 

Here's a look at the young righty from