Jake Barrios didn't take the conventional route to college; rather his search for a team has been fairly nomadic over the last two years.
The former Weatherford standout spent two seasons at Seward Community College, played summer ball with the Liberal BeeJays of the Jayhawk League and flirted with the idea of playing for LSU.
When Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock met Barrios, he convinced him to transfer to Tech. In his first year, Barrios started 49 of 52 games, had 55 hits, 48 RBIs and three home runs.
In the Big 12 Tournament, the Red Raiders came up short against top-seeded Kansas State and were shut out by Oklahoma. Barrios sat down to reflect on the team's season and discuss what it was like playing against former high school teammate Dillon Overton of OU:
Q: Can you tell me how Dillon Overton's developed from high school to college and tell me what it's like playing against him?
A: “Me and him, we graduated together, you know, played my whole high school career against him. He was a great pitcher in high school; I mean he got drafted out of high school. And his stuff's just gotten so much better since he's been here at OU. It was fun getting to face him. He's a great pitcher, and I tip my cap to him. He threw well today; that change-up was working amazingly.”
What do you feel like his strengths are, and then what do you feel like his weaknesses are that you believe he's developed since the last time you've seen him?
“He's a first-round guy. He doesn't have very many weaknesses, you know? He threw all of his pitches for strikes today; three pitches and anytime you do that, you've got a good chance to win.”
What do you feel like you did well today, or what do you feel like you've done well this season?