14th-round pick Barnette an option for rotation or 'pen

14th-round pick Barnette an option for rotation or 'pen

14th-round pick Barnette an option for rotation or 'pen

Coming out of high school, Tyler Barnette was the Red Sox's ninth-round selection in 2010. He chose to go to Charlotte, where he saw immediate success and was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year after going 9-2 with a 2.29 ERA in 16 starts. Chicago took a chance on Barnette in the 14th round on Saturday, using its 423rd overall pick on the right-hander.

 

Despite adding 20 pounds of good weight since high school, Barnette has not seen his velocity improve and his numbers have only declined since that standout freshman year. His fastball sits in the upper-80s, occasionally touching 92 mph with sinking action. He also throws a slider and a changeup, both of which are Major League average when at their best.

In his sophomore campaign, Barnette's ERA ballooned to 4.20 and his strikeout numbers were way down. He brought his ERA down a notch to 3.97 this season, but he hasn't strung together enough consistent outings to replicate the success from his freshman year.

Chicago will probably try to keep Barnette in the rotation, but some think his best chance is in the bullpen.

Ethan Asofsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.