20-Year-Old Shortstop – Oakland Athletics
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
The A's took a lot of heat for how the Josh Donaldson trade worked out in 2015 as the Bringer of Rain forged his MVP candidacy all summer for the Blue Jays, but the biggest piece the A's received back...
Barreto has opened the season at Double-A Midland hitting .167/.186/.262 with a homer, three RBI, and three steals through 11 games.
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Oakland Athletics Roster
MajorsAlonso, Yonder (1B)
AAAAnderson, Bryan (C)
AAAlcantara, Raul (P)
A+Erwin, Zack (P)
ABolt, Skye (OF)
RookieChalmers, Dakota (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Entering his age-19 season, Barreto has the potential to be one of the biggest risers on prospect lists. He has yet to play in a full-season league, but the hype train has already left the station after his impressive showing at short-season Vancouver. Barreto displayed across-the-board production, slashing .311/.384/.481 with six home runs and 29 steals in 328 plate appearance. He seems to have a plan at the plate and does not simply hunt fastballs, but his approach will no doubt be tested as he moves up to full-season ball pin 2015. Barreto’s athleticism, quick hands and strong wrists give hope to him tapping into more power, but he could just as easily never be more than a line-drive hitter who has to move off shortstop. He is still a high-risk prospect, but few players in the minor leagues will be more intriguing to watch in 2015, and he'll receive much more attention in prospect circles throughout the upcoming season after being shipped to Oakland in a trade that sent Josh Donaldson to Toronto in November.