Prospect Countdown #51 : Jimmy Barnes

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #51 : Outfielder, Jimmy Barnes (photo : Jimmy Barnes)

Jimmy Barnes, Outfielder

HT : 6'4
WT : 190
DOB : June 16, 1997 (18), in Chesapeake, Virginia
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : Deep Creek High School (Chesapeake, VA)
Acquired : Drafted in 11th Round of 2015 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : Unranked

The Los Angeles Angels took on the risk of toolsy prep players in this past draft, and kicked things off by taking Jimmy Barnes in the 11th round. Barnes has the tools, athleticism and makeup to become not just a special project for the Angels, but potentially a big piece to their future success at the Major League Level.


Barnes has all the proper tools to become a special talent at the Major League level, but everything comes in very raw. It all begins with his swing which is swift and clean from the right side with some power potential.

His power stems from his large frame - six-foot-four, 190 pounds. He drives with his legs and carries his entire frame through his swing giving him great line drive abilities, which in turn could become over the fence power. He's grown each year over the past two, and is still continuing to fill out.

At the plate, Barnes has shown patience and the ability to find his pitch, but does fall into pitcher's counts, which should improve with time against professional pitchers.

Barnes' work ethic is a large part of his success, as he began dreaming and pursuing a career in baseball from a very young age. He spends nearly every or every other day in the batting cages and in the weight room adding strength and improving during the off-season.

Defensively, Barnes uses his athleticism as his biggest key to success. He has decent speed, and is getting quicker in his short burst. He went from playing the left side of the infield to becoming a corner outfielder, and should profile best as a right fielder in the future. His arm won't "wow" you, but is capable of keeping runners honest.

The biggest knock on Barnes is his lack of experience against talent, with the likes of professional arms. As he sees more at bats and gains experience, his numbers should improve and tools should become more evident.

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During his senior season at Deep Creek, Barnes helped the Hornets to their First-Region Tournament game in nearly 30 years after hitting .520 with a pair of home runs, 11 doubles, and three triples. Deep Creek won a Conference Title, and went to the South Regional semifinals. When all was said and done, Barnes was named the Conference 17 Player of the Year.

Barnes' first taste of professional ball went pretty rough, as he hit just .139/.227/.190 with one home run and a 36.3 strikeout percentage. Barnes did end his season on a higher note however, collecting hits in five of his final eight games.

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By the time Rookie Ball kicks off next season, Barnes will barely be seeing his 19th birthday, which could mean a return to one of the Rookie Ball affiliates. He still has a lot to show against professional talent which could mean a return to the AZL affiliate.

There's a lot to be done before Barnes is considered a future Major Leaguer, but with all the tools to show, when he pieces it all together, he should be a Major League starter. There's a lot of desire with his bat, and his defense is improving, which could lead to a middle of the order bat and corner outfielder at the highest level.

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This article was published by Taylor Blake Ward, who serves as a Senior Publisher for, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.

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