2B - LAA
Franklin Barreto injured his shoulder while sliding into second base on a steal attempt in Sunday's game against the Astros.
He exited early and was replaced by Luis Rengifo. Angels manager Joe Maddon said it was a shoulder injury but didn't have a diagnosis. Consider Barreto day-to-day for now.
Franklin Barretto cleared was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday.
Barretto was acquired by the Angels via trade on Friday and has yet to play a game for his new team. He was activated off the COVID list Wednesday and is expected to be in a utility role for the Angels. Barretto has scored five runs over 11 plate appearances so far in 2020.
Franklin Barreto has a good chance to win the second base job for the A’s to start the season after Jorge Mateo was traded to the Padres for a player to be named.
Barreto has shown legitimate power in the minors with an improving running game. At age 24, he still has a chance to regain his power stroke and the stolen bases would be a nice addition from a middle infield spot. Barreto will see competition from Vimael Machin and Sheldon Neuse, but remains the one to watch for the A’s second base job to start the season.
Franklin Barreto went 3-for-5 with three doubles, two runs, and one RBI Sunday against the Brewers.
Barreto is hitting .333 with a .965 OPS this spring and is making his case for the A’s second base position. At 24, Barreto still has a shot to regain his power stroke and he also offers stolen base potential. Barreto is worth keeping an eye on if he wins the job, he could provide sneaky value from a middle infield spot.
Franklin Barreto started at second base Monday night against the Cubs going 1-for-2 with a triple, two runs scored, and a walk.
Barreto displayed his power potential in the minors in 2018, but his power numbers were down across the board last year, mostly due to a 58 percent ground ball rate. Barreto is still just 24 so time is on his side for improvement, and there is potential for double digit homers and stolen bases if he can improve his contact percentage and fly ball rate. The A’s have plenty of second base options, keeping Barreto as more of a wait and see player this spring.