Barreto was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday. Barreto showed some power in a stint with Oakland earlier in the season, hitting three homers in 18 games, but he had an awful walk rate (1.9 percent) and strikeout rate (42.6 percent). Ryan Dull was optioned to Nashville in a corresponding move.
Barreto was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. Barreto has hit just .212 but has three homers in 18 games at the major-league level this season. He'll make way for the return of Matt Chapman (hand) from the disabled list.
Barreto is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It looks like Barreto's time as an everyday player for the Athletics could soon be coming to an end. Per Slusser, the Athletics anticipate that Matt Chapman (hand) will be ready to return from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday against the Padres, at which point he would step back in as the team's everyday third baseman while Jed Lowrie heads back to the keystone. That would leave no path to consistent at-bats for Barreto in the middle infield, so it's expected that he'll be sent back to New Orleans after what has been an up-and-down stint with the big club. In 12 games since his June 15 promotion, Barreto has gone 11-for-45 (.244 average) with three home runs and 10 RBI, but he has struck out in 43.5 percent of his plate appearances.
Barreto went 2-for-4 with a game-tying RBI double in a win over the Tigers on Monday. He is now hitting .333 (8-for-24) with two doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI and five runs over his last six games. It's a particularly welcome stretch of success at the plate for Barreto, who'd slashed just .197/.250/.352 in his initial big-league cup of coffee in 2017, and who'd gone 1-for-14 over the first six games in which he'd logged an at-bat with the Athletics this season. The 22-year-old has a long way to go in terms of plate discipline, however, as he's drawn just one walk while already striking out 13 times over his first 39 plate appearances.
Barreto combined to go 2-for-8 in Friday's doubleheader but recorded two three-run home runs and scored two runs in the first game. He went 0-for-4 in the nightcap, but in the opener of the twin bill, Barreto hit three-run blasts in the second (off James Shields) and eighth innings (off Luis Avilan) after hitting his first shot of 2018 on Wednesday. He's disappointed in the early part of his MLB career (.189/.240/.344 in his first 96 plate appearances), and questions remain about how his hit tool and power potential will eventually develop, but the Athletics are giving him a run in the starting lineup to get a better look.
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