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.