Barreto went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Angels on Sunday. Manager Bob Melvin pulled multiple regulars early in anticipation of Wednesday's wild-card game against the Yankees, and Barreto was one of the beneficiaries of such a strategy. The 22-year-old saw sparse action during his September stay with the Athletics, and the home run was his first at the big-league level since Aug. 1. While Barreto's .233 average this season was nothing to write home about, he enjoyed more success against major-league arms than his initial cup of coffee in 2017 (.197/.250/.352).
Barreto was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Barreto showcased some power during his stint with the Athletics earlier this season, hitting four home runs in 61 at-bats, but he also struck out 25 times. The 22-year-old showed similar issues at Nashville, striking out 106 times in 282 at-bats. Barreto will serve as a depth infielder for the Athletics during the playoff push.
Barreto was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. Barreto will head back to the minors with Chad Pinder (elbow) back from the disabled list. The 22-year-old has shown power in his series of short stints with the Athletics this season, hitting four homers in 63 plate appearances, but his plate discipline is worrisome, as he's striking out 39.7 percent of the time and has walked just once.
Barreto went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and solo home run in a win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Barreto helped the Athletics pile on in the sixth with a timely two-bagger that plated Marcus Semien and Jonathan Lucroy to extend the Oakland lead to 7-0. He then closed out the scoring on the afternoon with a 399-foot solo shot to left, his fourth round tripper of the season and first at the big-league level since June 22. Barreto has been frequently shuttled between Triple-A Nashville and the big-league club this season, with his current stint a result of Chad Pinder's placement on the disabled list with the lacerated elbow he suffered in a car accident last Saturday.
The Athletics recalled Barreto from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Sunday's game against the Rockies. Barreto joins the Athletics for his fifth stint of the season with the big club in need of infield depth after Chad Pinder (elbow) was moved to the disabled list. It's expected that Barreto will be ticketed for a reserve role after managing a lowly .246 on-base percentage through his first 134 plate appearances in the majors.