Clemson junior pitcher Charlie Barnes was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday. Barnes was selected 106th overall—first overall in the fourth round—and was the first Tiger taken in the draft.
In 16 starts this season, Barnes earned a 5-5 record with a team-best 3.20 earned run average. He finished second on the team with 101.1 innings pitched, striking out 113 batters while walking only 22 as the Tigers’ Friday night starter—a role he has held for the past two years. The left-hander was a third-team All-ACC selection in 2017 and has been named to the All-ACC Academic Honor Roll twice.
Barnes was the third pitcher selected by the Twins in their first five picks, but he was the first southpaw the team took in the 2017 draft. Three of Minnesota’s top eight prospects according to MLB.com, including 2013 4th-round pick Stephen Gonsalves and 2015 1st-rounder Tyler Jay, are left-handed pitchers.