By Jason Shetler
Pirates outfield prospect Barrett Barnes left Thursday night’s game due to right hamstring discomfort. According to MLB.com Pirates beat reporter Adam Berry, Barnes has been listed as “day-to-day”.
The Pirates played their first night game of the Grapefruit League schedule on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers. Barnes was in the lineup for the Bucs as the starting left fielder. Facing Chris Sale in the second inning, he beat out an infield single, but held his leg after reaching first base.
Barnes has been in the Pirates organization since 2012, when he was selected by them as a first round compensation pick out of Texas Tech University. The 25-year-old has been labeled “injury prone”, especially in the early part of his minor league career. Barnes not only stayed healthy in 2016, but also had his best season, hitting .306 and posting an .853 OPS in 458 plate appearances with the Altoona Curve. He is currently the 30th ranked prospect in the Pirates system according to MLB Pipeline.