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Franklin Jose Barreto Rojas (born February 27, 1996) is a Venezuelan professional baseball shortstop and second baseman for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Franklin Barreto
Franklin Barreto 2018 Nashville.jpg
Barreto with the Nashville Sounds in 2018
Oakland Athletics – No. 1
Shortstop / Second baseman
Born: (1996-02-27) February 27, 1996 (age 23)
Caracas, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 24, 2017, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through July 31, 2019)
Batting average.188
Home runs9
Runs batted in26
Teams

CareerEdit

Barreto signed with the Toronto Blue Jays for a $1.45 million signing bonus on July 2, 2012, as Baseball America's top-ranked international prospect of 2012.[1] He played his first professional season with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, and later the Bluefield Blue Jays, batting .276 in 59 total games played and leading the Gulf Coast League in slugging percentage.[2][3] In 2014, he was promoted to the Vancouver Canadians and opened the season with a .313 batting average through 43 games.[4] Barreto played in 73 games for Vancouver in 2014, and batted .311 with 6 home runs, 61 RBI, and 29 stolen bases.[3] On September 24, he was named the MVP for Vancouver in 2014.[5] On October 1, Barreto was named the top prospect in the Northwest League by Baseball America.[6]

On November 28, 2014, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics, along with Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin, and Brett Lawrie, for Josh Donaldson.[7] His 2015 season with the Advanced-A Stockton Ports ended early when he was placed on the disabled list on July 26 with a wrist contusion.[8] Barreto appeared in 90 games and hit .302 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI. He committed 34 errors at shortstop, which led the California League.[3] In the offseason, he played 30 games with the Águilas del Zulia of the Venezuelan Winter League, batting .174 with 2 home runs and 14 RBI.[3]

Barreto was named as the 8th best shortstop prospect by MLB going into the 2016 season.[9] He was selected as a Texas League All-Star while playing with the Double-A Midland RockHounds in 2016. On August 31, he was promoted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds.[10] Barreto finished the 2016 season batting .284 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI.[3] After the 2016 season, the Athletics assigned Barreto to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League, and added him to their 40-man roster.[11] He began the 2017 season with Nashville, hitting .281 with 32 RBI in 68 games. He was recalled by the Athletics on June 24.[12] He made his major league debut that afternoon, playing second base. During the game, he recorded his first career home run in his second career at-bat off of James Shields.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Links, Zach (July 6, 2012). "Blue Jays Sign Franklin Barreto". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "2014 Prospect Watch". MLB.com. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Franklin Barreto Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  4. ^ Davidi, Shi (July 28, 2014). "Teams scouting Jays prospects in Vancouver". Sportsnet. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  5. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (September 24, 2014). "Blue Jays name MVPs in Minor League system". MLB.com. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  6. ^ Dakers, Tom (October 1, 2014). "Five Blue Jays on Baseball America's Top 20 Northwest League Prospects List". bluebirdbanter.com. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  7. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (November 28, 2014). "Donaldson reeled in from A's for Lawrie, prospects". MLB.com. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  8. ^ Dykstra, Sam (July 26, 2015). "Barreto to miss time with wrist bruise". MiLB.com. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  9. ^ Callis, Jim (January 27, 2016). "2016 Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops". MLB.com. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  10. ^ Wild, Danny (August 31, 2016). "A's promote shortstop Barreto to Triple-A". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  11. ^ Hickey, John (November 18, 2016). "Blackburn, Barreto among five promoted to 40-man roster by A's". Mercury News. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  12. ^ "A's call up SS Franklin Barreto". ESPN.com. June 24, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  13. ^ "A's top prospect Franklin Barreto blasts HR in major-league debut". ESPN.com. June 24, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017.

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