Franklin Barreto
Franklin Barreto
23-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Blue Jays in 2012 that includes a $1.45 million signing bonus. Traded to the Athletics in November of 2014.
Makes roster as expected
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October 2, 2019
Barreto is on the Athletics' roster for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Rays, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Barreto was expected to secure the final bench spot with Stephen Piscotty not fully recovered from an ankle sprain. Barreto struggled to an awful .138/.263/.401 slash line in 23 games this season and is unlikely to be used as anything other than a pinch runner or defensive replacement.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .510 79 6 4 12 1 .147 .190 .320
Since 2017vs Right .651 130 20 5 15 2 .214 .238 .413
2019vs Left .519 27 2 2 5 1 .148 .148 .370
2019vs Right .296 31 4 0 0 0 .100 .129 .167
2018vs Left .684 27 3 2 6 0 .192 .222 .462
2018vs Right .781 48 7 3 10 0 .255 .271 .511
2017vs Left .291 25 1 0 1 0 .091 .200 .091
2017vs Right .744 51 9 2 5 2 .245 .275 .469
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
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OPS at Home
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .585 100 12 3 10 2 .188 .220 .365
Since 2017Away .611 109 14 6 17 1 .190 .220 .390
2019Home .475 28 3 1 3 0 .148 .179 .296
2019Away .333 30 3 1 2 1 .100 .100 .233
2018Home .535 38 3 1 4 0 .189 .211 .324
2018Away .964 37 7 4 12 0 .278 .297 .667
2017Home .733 34 6 1 3 2 .219 .265 .469
2017Away .495 42 4 1 3 0 .179 .238 .256
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Stat Review
How does Franklin Barreto compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Expected to make wild-card roster
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October 1, 2019
Barreto is expected to be on the roster for the American League Wild Card Game on Wednesday, Martin Gallegos of reports.
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Back from Triple-A
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September 1, 2019
The Athletics recalled Barreto from Triple-A Las Vegas ahead of Sunday's game against the Yankees.
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Sent to Triple-A
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August 3, 2019
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Sits for third straight
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July 19, 2019
Barreto sits for the third straight game Friday against the Twins.
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Sits again Thursday
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July 18, 2019
Barreto sits for the second straight game Thursday against the Twins, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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