Franklin Barreto

#1 SS / Oakland Athletics / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 5-10 Weight: 190 lb Age: 21 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    Franklin 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.

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    • Barreto was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Friday. Barreto is still the best of Oakland's prospects, but he wasn't able to do enough to convince the Athletics to forego an extra year of control and bring him up with the big club. The Athletics will stick with Marcus Semien and Jed Lowrie up the middle for now, but expect Barreto to be the man at one of those two positions for the A's in the very near future.

    • A's manager Bob Melvin said Barreto will spend his time at shortstop and second base this spring, John Hickey of The Mercury News reports. The club's top prospect is knocking loudly on the door for a job with the big club sometime this coming season. Though Marcus Semien has locked down shortstop, Barreto may have a shot at second base, currently occupied by injury-prone Jed Lowrie and other uninspiring options. Whenever he's called up, he may immediately jump toward the top of the order. He's a difference-making bat worth stashing in deep leagues, though the wait is much easier to endure in AL-only games because of the late-season upside he'd offer.

    • Athletics' Franklin Barreto: Added to 40-man roster
      By RotoWire Staff

      Barreto was added to the A's 40-man roster Friday. Barreto was one of five young players added to the 40-man ahead of next month's Rule 5 draft. The top prospect in the A's organization, Barreto finished with a .284/.342/.422 line, 11 homers and 30 steals between Double-A and Triple-A last year after a slow start. He doesn't turn 21 until late February.

    • Athletics' Franklin Barreto: Promoted to Triple-A
      By RotoWire Staff

      Barreto was promoted to Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday. The A's brought up Joey Wendle from Nashville on Wednesday, so Barreto will take his place on the Sounds' roster over the final 12 days of the season. The top prospect in Oakland's system, Barreto won't turn 21 until Feb. 27, so the fact that he has already reached Triple-A is an extremely rare feat. He uses super quick wrists and strong forearms to really impact the ball, especially to the pull side. Barreto got off to a slow start at Double-A this year, but he is hitting .339/.392/.484 with three home runs and 14 steals (on 21 attempts) in 45 games since the All-Star break.

    • Athletics' Franklin Barreto: On fire at Double-A
      By RotoWire Staff

      Barreto, 20, is hitting .425 with two home runs, nine RBI and two steals over his last 10 games for Double-A Midland. After a slow start to the season, Barreto has been surging over the last month or so. His slash line now sits at .276/.337/.423 for the year. Barreto is also poised to hit double-digit home runs and swipe 25 bases for the second-straight season. This type of skill set for a shortstop makes him an extremely valuable commodity in dynasty leagues.

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