We just got word from the Charlotte 49ers’ Twitter feed that junior pitcher Tyler Barnette, the Chicago White Sox’ 14th round pick in the MLB Draft, has signed a deal with the club.
The junior right-handed pitcher went 6-3 with a 3.97 ERA with Charlotte in 2013; in 95.1 innings pitched (all in starts), he allowed 59 runs (42 earned), struck out 59 and walked just 29 batters. Hitters were .272 off of him.
Barnette’s signing over the weekend comes just days after Justin Seager inked a pro ball contract with the Seattle Mariners and reported to Short Season-A affiliate Everett shortly after. As for Tyler himself, it’s likely he’ll start out with Chicago’s rookie ball team in Bristol. Their season begins tomorrow at Elizabethtown, followed by the home opener versus Kingsport on Monday.
There’s another (future) Niner that has been drafted–that’s Marshall transfer hurler and Ardrey Kell grad Ryan Butler, who was picked in the 16th round by the Yankees.
Congratulations to Tyler on this accomplishment, and we’ll definitely be tracking his progress (along with Justin) as he begins his trek to the Major Leagues. Meanwhile, for complete Chicago White Sox coverage, be sure to head over and check out our sister site, Southside Showdown.