Franklin Barreto

Franklin Barreto

25-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 4/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Barreto was traded to the Angels in the middle of the 2020 season, putting him in his third professional organization despite fewer than 250 major-league PA. Barreto has hit for pop and stolen some bases throughout the minor leagues, but rode the Sacramento-to-Oakland shuttle too frequently in recent years before he ran out of options. A competitive A's squad could no longer carry him on the active roster, hence the trade. Barreto cannot be sent to the minors without being exposed to waivers, so he stands a good chance of making the Angels in a reserve capacity. Despite the poor results so far, it is tough to write off his athleticism even with a 7:100 BB:K at the big-league level. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Released by the Angels in October of 2021.
Becomes free agent
2BLos Angeles Angels  
Elbow
October 27, 2021
Barreto (elbow) elected free agency after clearing waivers last week, Taylor Blake Ward of HomePlateView.com reports.
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A once-acclaimed prospect in the Blue Jays system who later became the main piece in the trade sent Josh Donaldson from Oakland to Toronto, Barreto has not only faltered across various stints at the big-league level (45 wRC+ in 237 career plate appearances), but he's also struggled to stay healthy in recent years. He didn't see any action in affiliated ball at all in 2021, as he battled right elbow inflammation in spring training that later required Tommy John surgery in May. Though he'll face a shorter recovery timeline than a pitcher, Barreto will still likely face at least some restrictions heading into next spring, which may force him to settle for a minor-league deal this winter. Still just 25 years old, Barreto shouldn't be written off entirely from making a big-league impact, but he'll first need to prove healthy and effective at the Triple-A level before getting another look.
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+79%
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+78%
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+75%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .432 40 4 2 6 2 .128 .150 .282
Since 2019vs Right .242 46 7 0 1 0 .089 .109 .133
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left .237 13 2 0 1 1 .083 .154 .083
2020vs Right .133 15 3 0 1 0 .067 .067 .067
2019vs Left .519 27 2 2 5 1 .148 .148 .370
2019vs Right .296 31 4 0 0 0 .100 .129 .167
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-100%
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+43%
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Since 2019Home .401 46 6 1 4 1 .136 .174 .227
Since 2019Away .250 40 5 1 3 1 .075 .075 .175
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2020Home .284 18 3 0 1 1 .118 .167 .118
2020Away .000 10 2 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
2019Home .475 28 3 1 3 0 .148 .179 .296
2019Away .333 30 3 1 2 1 .100 .100 .233
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Franklin Barreto
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August 8, 2020
Juan Pablo Aravena breaks down Sunday's Astros at Athletics game for Dream11 contests.
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August 1, 2020
Juan Pablo Aravena breaks down Saturday's Athletics at Mariners game for Dream11 contests.
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For the third time in three years, Barreto saw a small sample of action with the Athletics. This time, it was his shortest and least successful stint, as he posted a weak .401 OPS in 58 plate appearances. However, he will still be just 24 this season and slashed .295/.374/.552 with 15 steals in 424 plate appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas, albeit in one of the best hitting environments in the minors. Barreto's calling card is the desirable power-speed combo. His downfall is poor plate skills (85 strikeouts, seven walks in 209 MLB plate appearances). His 26.7 K% with Las Vegas indicates it's more than a big-league issue. If the speedy Barreto can learn to take better advantage of his wheels by improving contact, he can compete for playing time at the keystone. There's still time, but the window is closing to make the adjustments.
Barreto first reached the major leagues at age 21 back in 2017. He now has 151 plate appearances at the big-league level with a .215/.252/.424 slash line, 62 strikeouts and all of six walks. Those numbers do an excellent job of showing the risk associated with Barreto, but he does bring tools to the table. He hit 23 home runs between Triple-A and the majors last season and stole 30 bases back in 2016. The 41% strikeout rate almost assures that he will begin the season back in Triple-A because he has done nothing so far to warrant major-league playing time, but it is understandably tough to overlook the high-end athleticism and potential to be an offensive force at middle infield at some stage of his career. The price is low right now due to the extreme risks, but the buying window could be closing soon. This is a reserve-round flier that could pay off well in 2019. There is a wide range of outcomes that can happen here.
It may not be a very exciting prognosis, but while a lot happened with Barreto in 2017, his middling production at Triple-A (103 wRC+) and significant struggles in 76 big-league plate appearances were to be expected for a 21-year-old toggling between shortstop and second base. He appeared to sell out for power more than ever before, upping his strikeout rate to 27.6 percent while hitting 15 home runs -- both minor-league career highs. While his decline in stolen bases last season may have been a result of hitting in the middle of the Triple-A lineup, he also has a physically mature 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame and doesn't project to hold plus speed much longer. Jed Lowrie will return to second base in 2018, but Barreto is next in line for the big-league club. He profiles as an inexpensive power/speed middle-infield dart late in drafts.
Barreto, the second youngest player in the Texas League, got off to a slow start in 2016. However, his owners' disappointment quickly turned to relief, and then smug satisfaction, as he hit .337/.393/.490 with 22 extra-base hits and 16 steals (on 25 attempts) over his final 51 games with Midland. Barreto makes do with average raw power, using his strong forearms, excellent bat speed and leveraged swing to send balls out to the pull side. He should hit 15-20 homers annually at maturity, with the speed to steal 20-plus bases in his early seasons. A plus hit tool completes a well-rounded offensive package. Evaluators have been saying he might move off shortstop ever since he was signed in 2012, and he started 31 games at second base last year -- his first professional action at the keystone. Barreto will start the year at Triple-A, but could be turning double plays with Marcus Semien sometime this summer.
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 in the trade is the soon-to-be 20-year-old Barreto. The right-handed shortstop was impressive for High-A Stockton as a 19-year old, hitting .302 with an .833 OPS and 13 homers over 338 at-bats — only 338 because he missed time late with a wrist injury. Most scouting reports rave about Barreto's bat speed and ability to barrel up the ball as well as his polish for his age. It is unclear at this point if he will stick at shortstop defensively or slide to second or maybe move to center field. The A's are likely to be rebuilding in 2016, meaning there will be reason to slow play Barreto's development. It's possible he could spend a full season at Double-A with an eye toward a 2017 debut in the major leagues.
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.
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Outrighted off roster
2BLos Angeles Angels  
Elbow
October 22, 2021
Barreto (elbow) cleared waivers and was outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster Friday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
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Set for Tommy John surgery
2BLos Angeles Angels  
Elbow
May 11, 2021
Barretto will miss 10-to-12 months following Tommy John surgery, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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Lands on 60-day IL
2BLos Angeles Angels  
Elbow
March 31, 2021
Barreto (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Wednesday.
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Shut down with elbow inflammation
2BLos Angeles Angels  
Elbow
March 22, 2021
Barreto will be shut down for four to six weeks due to elbow inflammation, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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Pushing for roster spot
2BLos Angeles Angels  
March 15, 2021
Barreto is competing for a utility role this spring, per Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, and has helped his candidacy with a .353/.421/.529 slash line in 11 Cactus League contests.
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