Barreto is competing for a utility role this spring, per Rhett Bollinger of, and has helped his candidacy with a .353/.421/.529 slash line in 11 Cactus League contests.

Barreto is out of minor-league options, which could give the Angels extra motivation to include him on the Opening Day roster. The fourth-year pro struggled mightily last season, collecting only two hits and striking out 15 times in 27 at-bats, but has swung a hot stick this spring. However, Barreto has struck out seven times in his 17 spring at-bats, so he doesn't appear to be past the contact issues that have dogged him throughout his professional career.

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