Jordan Barnes Continues MLB Pre-Draft Workouts
May 29, 2013By Kevin Maloney of NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
TAMPA – Jordan Barnes continues to workout for professional baseball teams and hopes to see his name on the draft board June 6-8 during the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
With almost all the attention on sophomore left-hander Cody Reed and where he'll possibly land on June 6, Barnes is looking to make a name for himself as well and has gotten some good feedback.
The freshman outfielder from Arlington, Tenn., has worked out for the Miami Marlins and the New York Yankees the past two days down in Miami and Tampa. All told, he's been invited to six workouts and attended four, including a trip to Atlanta to workout for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals. Because Northwest was playing postseason baseball, Barnes missed trips to workout for the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers.
Tuesday's workout for Miami was at the newly-constructed, 36,000-seat Marlins Park.
"The Miami workout was about 2 1/2 hours and there were about 30 guys there," Barnes said. "First we stretched and threw and then took batting practice. When our individual group was called, we took infield and outfield and practiced a few throws to third and home."
Wednesday's workout for New York was at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the Yankees' 11,000-seat Spring Training facility in Tampa.
"There were only nine guys working out for the Yankees and it was a lot more hands on," Barnes said. "We went into the locker room and had our own nametags with gear waiting for us and everything. It made me really feel like a Yankee for a day."
After a light stretch and a few other routine warm-ups, Barnes took batting practice and got to hit off live pitching from some of the Yankees Single-A players towards the end. He went 2-for-4.
The coolest part of the day came later when Barnes was in the locker room.
"I was in the bathroom and I accidentally bumped into a guy when I walked around the corner. I told him my bad and when I looked up, it was A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez). The dude is huge. It was a surreal moment."
The 14-time All-Star and 2009 World Series champion is rehabbing at the facility along with a few other major league guys and was hitting on the field behind Barnes.
The latest Baseball America projections released on May 29 don't have Barnes in the Top 500, but player projections change daily and there are numerous mock draft boards.
Rounds 1-2 of the draft are on Thursday, June 6, followed by rounds 3-10 on Friday and rounds 11-40 on Saturday. Follow live coverage of all 40 rounds on www.mlb.com.