Charlie Barnes, a 22-year-old left-handed pitcher from South Carolina, was a fourth round draft pick for the Twins in 2017. He posted a 3.85 ERA in three seasons with the Clemson Tigers before being drafted after his junior year. His first professional season started out in Elizabethton making 5 starts before being promoted to Cedar Rapids and making 6 additional starts. In his first two starts with the Kernels he totaled 9 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts and only 2 walks before hitting some bumps in two of his last 4 starts.
Known as a crafty left-hander, His fastball can touch 90 at times but he relies on movement and his changeup to keep batters off balance. According to Baseball America Barnes keeps the ball low and can paint the corners with his mid-70s changeup and he also maintains a curveball and a slider in his arsenal. Barnes is expected to pan out as a back of the rotation starter.
Barnes was a guest on Seth Stohs “On Deck” podcast where he talked about how he’s a Braves fan (good thing he wasn’t around for 1991!) and his experience in the Twins organization so far.
Here are some extra nuggets I found: