2B - OAK
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.
Franklin Barreto was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk in Saturday's 13-2 win over the White Sox.
Heading into this game, Barreto was 2-for-23 with 10 strikeouts since getting called up. He has been getting the bulk of the starts at second base, and is slashing .115/.148/.385 with two homers and four RBI in 27 plate appearances for the Athletics this season.
Franklin Barreto went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Friday's 5-2 victory over the Mariners.
Since being called up from Triple-A, Barreto has gone 2-for-16 in four games. He has also scored three runs in that span, but is currently in a platoon with Jurickson Profar. Barreto is worth monitoring in deep leagues as long he continues to receive the bulk of the playing time at second base over Profar.