Red Sox pitching prospect Matt Barnes has been told by the team to prepare as a starter in Spring Training. The 24-year old right-hander was used as a reliever for the big club in September of 2014—posting a 4.00 ERA in nine innings. The 6'4" Connecticut native was the first round pick of the Red Sox in the 2011 draft. In three minor-league seasons, he's made 72 starts—going 21-24 with a 3.64 ERA. This move tells us that Barnes could be one of the first "back-up" plans should any of The Mediocre Mounders in the starting rotation get hurt or falter.