Barreto went 3-for-5 with three doubles, two runs and an RBI in Sunday's 11-3 win over the Brewers in Cactus League play.
Barreto's odds of making the Athletics' Opening Day roster already improved after Sheldon Neuse was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas earlier in the day, and the 23-year-old only bolstered his outlook by banging out three extra-base hits in the win. He'll continue to compete with Jorge Mateo, Tony Kemp and Chad Pinder for the top job at second base throughout the spring, though manager Bob Melvin may ultimately opt for a platoon or timeshare at the position.
Barreto has his best opportunity to nab a major-league roster spot this spring with prior second-base occupants elsewhere, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. "He has an opportunity where, if he has the type of spring that he has had before, it's going to be tough not to have him be part of that dynamic, whether it's a left-right dynamic or an everyday role," said manager Bob Melvin. "There's not one particular guy in front of him right now. This is his best shot."
Barreto has scuffled during his three prior major-league stints, as his career .189/.220/.378 line across 69 plate appearances illustrates. However, the departures of Jed Lowrie and Jurickson Profar over the last two offseasons offer Barreto the least veteran resistance to a roster spot he's encountered yet, and the fact he's now out of minor-league options could certainly work in his favor if he puts together a strong spring. The 23-year-old has proven capable of making a favorable impression during the exhibition slate in the past, but he will have to hold his own against fellow capable prospects Jorge Mateo, Sheldon Neuse and Vimael Machin to lock in an Opening Day roster spot this time around.
Barreto is on the Athletics' roster for Wednesday's wild-card game against the Rays, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Barreto was expected to secure the final bench spot with Stephen Piscotty not fully recovered from an ankle sprain. Barreto struggled to an awful .138/.263/.401 slash line in 23 games this season and is unlikely to be used as anything other than a pinch runner or defensive replacement.
Barreto is expected to be on the roster for the American League Wild Card Game on Wednesday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
The 23-year-old struggled at the plate this season, recording just seven hits in 57 at-bats over 23 games, but he's expected to make the roster for the Wild Card Game due to his abilities as a pinch runner. It's unlikely that he will make the starting nine.
The Athletics recalled Barreto from Triple-A Las Vegas ahead of Sunday's game against the Yankees.
The 23-year-old will provide the Athletics with some additional depth in the infield and outfield but is unlikely to see meaningful at-bats in September with Oakland firmly in the mix for a playoff spot. Barreto posted a .926 OPS to go with 19 home runs and 15 steals at Las Vegas this season but has struggled across multiple abbreviated stints in the majors, slashing .106/.125/.255 over 48 plate appearances.
Barreto was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.
The A's tried to give Barreto another opportunity to take over the job at second base, but he hit .106 with an 18:1 K:BB in 16 games this time around. Stephen Piscotty was reinstated from the injured list in a corresponding move, and Jurickson Profar now figures to be the full-time starter until they are ready to give Jorge Mateo a shot at the keystone.
Barreto sits for the third straight game Friday against the Twins.
Barreto owns an awful .152/.176/.364 slash line in 10 games so far this season, so it's hardly surprising to see him lose his temporary starting job. Jurickson Profar appears to be back in as the primary second baseman.
Barreto sits for the second straight game Thursday against the Twins, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Barreto had started nine times in a stretch of 11 games but may be losing his spot as the primary second baseman. It's hard to say he deserves regular playing time based on his .152/.176/.364 slash line in 10 games so far this season. Jurickson Profar again starts at second base.
Barreto is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.
Barreto started nine of the last 11 games prior to Wednesday's contest, though it's hard to say he deserves a starting role, as he's hit .152/.176/.364 on the season through 10 games. Jurickson Profar starts at second base in his absence.
Barreto went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk during a 13-2 victory over the White Sox on Saturday.
The second baseman capped off a seven-run first inning with the home run out of the nine spot in the lineup. Barreto has two home runs in eight MLB games this season, but he's also batting just .115. He has four RBI, four runs and a steal over 26 at-bats this season.
Barreto is not in Friday's lineup against the White Sox.
Barreto has 10 strikeouts, two hits and three errors in 23 at-bats since rejoining the big club. While it was reported that Barreto would get the bulk of the starts at second base upon his promotion, he has done very little to suggest that should remain the case much longer. Jurickson Profar will start at the keystone and hit eighth.
Barreto went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 5-2 win over the Mariners.
Barreto has gone 2-for-16 in four games since his recall from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 30. He's scored three runs in that span. Barreto remains in a platoon at second base with Jurickson Profar.
Barreto is not in the lineup for Thursday's series finale versus the Twins.
Manager Bob Melvin said earlier this week that Barreto would receive the bulk of the starts at second base going forward, but he'll take a seat Thursday after going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and two errors in Wednesday's contest. Jurickson Profar returns to the starting nine at second base in his place.
Manager Bob Melvin said Barreto will receive the majority of the starts at second base over Jurickson Profar going forward, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Barreto was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday and is starting at the keystone for the second straight game Tuesday. Profar, the previous starter, is set to move into a utility role for the A's. Barreto hit well at Triple-A with a .296/.379/.549 slash line in 73 games, and he'll now have the chance to showcase himself regularly in the majors.
The Athletics recalled Barreto from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday. He'll man second base and bat seventh in the Athletics' series finale with the Angels.
Barreto worked exclusively as a middle infielder through his first six seasons in the minors before adding center-field duties to his ledger in 2019. His ability to play in both the infield and outfield could aid his chances of picking up playing time as he moves back to the big leagues, especially while the Athletics remain without an everyday outfielder (Stephen Piscotty) until after the All-Star break. Over 73 games with Las Vegas this season, Barreto was slashing .296/.379/.549 with 41 extra-base hits and a 13-for-14 success rate on stolen-base attempts.
Barreto, who went 1-for-4 with a grand slam home run, five RBI overall and a walk in a win over Triple-A Nashville on Monday, is slashing .286/.381/.538 with 11 homers and 42 RBI across 64 games with Triple-A Las Vegas.
Barreto's line is also partly comprised of 18 doubles, four triples, 11 stolen bases and 58 runs, making the 23-year-old one of the Aviators' most well-rounded contributors. Barreto has logged a pair of relatively brief majors stints over the last two seasons, but he's found consistent contact against big-league arms to be especially elusive. Another late-season promotion this season is certainly a possibility, although Jurickson Profar, the keeper of the keystone for the Athletics, seems to slowly be figuring things out at the plate after an abysmal start to the season.
Barreto was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday.
Barreto looked to have made the team even after the Japan Series (he did not record an at-bat) until the Kendrys Morales deal Monday. Unfortunately for the 23-year-old, the deal pushed him down the pecking order. Barreto hit .351 in Cactus League play with a .429 on-base percentage, so if he keeps up the good work he'll remain one of the top guys on the callup list.
Barreto will likely open the season in the minors after the A's acquired Kendrys Morales from the Blue Jays, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports.
Barreto was poised to break camp with the A's before Wednesday's trade. Now Morales will cover first base in Matt Olson's (hand) absence, pushing Jurickson Profar back to everyday duties at the keystone and leaving no playing time for the 23-year-old Barreto, who will head to Triple-A for everyday opportunities for the time being.
Barreto is slated to occasionally fill in at second base when Jurickson Profar shifts over to first during Matt Olson's (hand) absence, Chris Haft of MLB.com reports.
Barreto logged time at second base, shortstop and designated hitter in 2018, but the keystone is where he spent the most time. Therefore, he's a natural fill-in for Profar on occasions the latter mans the corner infield spot, although manager Bob Melvin also indicated Saturday that Chad Pinder would slot in at second base periodically during Olson's projected multi-week absence.
Barreto will travel with the Athletics for the season-opening series against the Mariners in Japan, Martin Gallegos of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Barreto is starting at second base in Sunday's split-squad game against the White Sox, but his transition to the outfield this spring is what's drawn heavy praise from manager Bob Melvin. The 23-year-old has been impressive at the plate as well as he is 11-for-29 (.379) with four doubles and a home run through 12 games. Barreto was a likely candidate to begin the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, but his performance this spring and increased versatility appear to have him on track to crack the Opening Day roster.
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