Barreto made his second straight start at second base in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Angels, going 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.
With Matt Chapman (thumb) landing on the 10-day disabled list Friday, second baseman Jed Lowrie is slated to see most of the action at the hot corner for the time being. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, manager Bob Melvin referred to the Chapman injury as the "biggest opportunity" for Barreto to play regularly for the big club over the past two seasons, so it sounds like the Athletics are prepared to install the 22-year-old as their primary second baseman in the short term. Since being acquired from the Blue Jays in the November 2014 trade that sent Josh Donaldson north of the border, Barreto has been touted as the club's shortstop of the future, but his lagging production at the Triple-A level has prevented him from catching on in the majors. He was slashing .236/.335/.441 (102 wRC+) for Nashville this season prior to being promoted Friday.
Barreto was called up from Triple-A Nashville on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
It's Barreto's third big-league stint this season, with this latest callup stemming from the placement of Matt Chapman (hand) on the disabled list. Barreto is still looking for his first big-league hit of 2018, and he was slashing .234/.337/.448 with 18 extra-base hits (10 doubles, one triple, seven home runs) and 20 RBI across 181 plate appearances at Nashville.
Barreto went 4-for-5 with a double and a game-tying solo home run in Triple-A Nashville's extra-inning win over Round Rock on Sunday, his first game back with the Sounds.
Barreto went hitless over six at-bats during his recent stay with the Athletics, but he made his presence felt in a return to Triple-A Nashville.The 22-year-old has actually found consistent success at the plate to be quite evasive at either level this season, as even the breakout performance only pushed his season average with the Sounds to .258. However, some above-average pop in the form of 15 extra-base hits (eight doubles, seven homers) has helped Barreto to a solid .492 slugging percentage, and perhaps Sunday's four-hit day will get him back on track towards approaching the .290 average he generated with Nashville over 510 plate appearances in 2017.
Barreto was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
It was more of the same for Barreto during his latest big-league stint -- he rode the pine for most of his stay and went hitless in six at-bats. He's still just 22 and is far from a lost cause, but some of the prospect shine has worn off over the last year or so. It looks like Barreto will need a long-term injury in the middle infield in order to get an extended look with the big club at any point this season.
Barreto, who struck out in a pinch-hit at-bat during Wednesday's loss to the Rays, is 0-for-6 since returning to the big leagues on May 23.
Barreto's return to the big leagues essentially coincided with Khris Davis' placement on the disabled list with a groin injury. With the latter expected to return Thursday, the 22-year-old could find himself heading back down to Triple-A Nashville, where he was slashing .228/.350/.447 before his promotion. Barreto has been bedeviled by big-league arms thus far in young career, as he also generated an unsightly .197/.250/.352 line over 76 plate appearances during his initial major-league cup of coffee in 2017.
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