Junior pitcher Charlie Barnes became the first Clemson player selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday when he was tabbed by the Minnesota Twins with the first pick of the fourth round, 106th overall.
A left-hander from Sumter, Barnes went 5-5 with a 3.20 ERA for the Tigers last season. He was ranked No. 108 among Baseball America’s Top 500 draft prospects.
His selection at No. 106 has an approximate pick value of $507,000.
“He doesn’t have huge velocity but enough for a lefty,” said Aaron Fitt, national college baseball writer for D1baseball.com. “And his breaking ball has gotten a lot better. He’s become a more complete pitcher.”
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A two-time all-state selection at Sumter High, Barnes also was the state’s pitcher of the year as a senior.
Also drafted was right-handed pitcher Sam Keating, a longtime Clemson commit from Fort Myers, Fla. Keating was tabbed two spots behind Barnes, at No. 108 overall, by the San Diego Padres.
He indicated he will pass on college and jump directly into the professional ranks, and already had reached a deal in principal with the Padres.
“The Padres made me an offer that will change my life for the better,” Keating told The (Fort Myers) News-Press. “It’s a great day for my family. It took something really important for me to forgo Clemson. I can’t thank the Clemson coaching staff enough for everything. This is the best decision for me. It’ll be a day I’ll always remember.”
Keating went 11-1 with a 1.06 ERA for The Canterbury School last season and was listed as the No. 117 overall prospect by Baseball America. He also batted .405 with nine doubles, helping the Cougars to a second consecutive state title.
Keating’s approximate pick value is $497,000.
Also, Clemson junior outfielder Chase Pinder was picked by the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh round, 214th overall.
Pinder, from Poquoson, Va., batted .305 and had a team-leading 13 stolen bases. The 5-foot-10, 180 pounder, who was ranked No. 280 according to Baseball America, started 167 of 168 career games with the Tigers.