Matt Barnes made a dominant debut for High-A Salem, allowing one run on four hits and a walk in six innings while punching out 12, the most strikeouts he's had in his outstanding first professional season. Barnes, the Red Sox' first pick in the 2011 draft (No. 19 overall), had nine swinging strikeouts.
He now has 54 strikeouts and five walks in six overall starts this year, and he's yielded two runs in 32 2/3 innings (0.55 ERA). His High-A debut came after five starts in Greenville in which Barnes struck out 42, walked four and allowed just one run in 26 2/3 innings. The UConn product now leads the minors in strikeouts.
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