Draft Buzz: Kyle Barrett moving up draft boards

We are now less than a week away from the 2015 MLB Draft and a name that has been getting some attention of late is University of Kentucky outfielder Kyle Barrett.

Barrett, 21, has been compared to former University of Kentucky player Austin Cousino, who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Barrett, however, does not have the same kind of power Cousino does, but he did outperform Cousino in most offensive and defensive categories.

This past season with Kentucky, Barrett hit an outstanding .352 with an OBP of .392. He led the SEC in hits with 82, becoming only the second player in school history to do so. His 82 hits were more than players ranked higher than Barrett, such as Vanderbilt’s Dansby Swanson, Arkansas’ Andrew Benintendi, and LSU’s Alex Bregman.

In his career at Kentucky, Barrett reached base safely in 110 of 128 starts (81%). Last summer, he was named the starting center fielder for the Cape Cod All-Star game, and finished the summer starting all 34 games, hitting .317 and stealing 10 of 13 bases.

Barrett’s ability to get on base, coupled with his above-average speed, should help get him in the first four or five rounds of next weeks draft.

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