The Athletics optioned Barrera to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Barrera was one of seven Athletics players optioned to the minors in the team's first round of roster cuts. The outfielder is expected to spend most of the 2021 campaign at Triple-A after he slashed .321/.357/.513 with four home runs and nine stolen bases in 54 games at Double-A Midland in his last minor-league season in 2019.
Barrera is 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a walk, a stolen base, a hit by pitch and three runs across his first four Cactus League games.
After a visa issue slightly delayed his arrival at spring training, Barrera has made an early impression despite not seeing his first Cactus League action until Friday. He's played in four straight games and went 1-for-2 with an RBI single and a run in Monday's loss to the Royals. The 25-year-old reportedly has an outside chance of wresting the fourth outfield spot from Seth Brown with a strong spring, and the latter's .091 average (1-for-11) over his first eight games seemingly gives Barrera's chances an early boost.
Barrera resolved his visa issues and was cleared to join the Athletics for workouts over the weekend, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that he initially planned to have Barrera make his Cactus League debut Wednesday against the Rockies, but after consulting the training staff, the decision was made to have the 25-year-old instead take part in batting practice and conditioning work over the next few days. Barrera is expected to compete for a reserve role in the Oakland outfield this spring, but he's most likely to open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Barrera has resolved his visa issues and is in Arizona, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Barrera missed the start of spring training, but he'll now undergo intake testing prior to joining the team in camp. He could compete for a backup role in the outfield this spring after slashing .324/.365/.490 at Double-A Midland in 2018 and 2019.
Barrera has yet to arrive at spring training due to visa issues, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Barrera is expected to compete for a backup outfield spot during spring training, but manager Bob Melvin revealed Wednesday that he's a late arrival at camp due to issues entering the country. However, the team is hopeful that he'll be able to join the team soon.
Barrera could push Seth Brown for the fourth outfielder spot with a strong spring, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Barrera is one of the organization's brightest prospects, having put together a .324/.365/.490 line (384 total plate appearances) at Double-A Midland during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The 25-year-old has also been at spring training over the last two seasons, and he hit .286 (8-for-28) with a triple and five RBI across 13 Cactus League games in 2020 before the COVID-19 shutdown. Barrera has extensive experience at all three outfield spots as well, making him a viable candidate to push the similarly-versatile Brown.
Barrera was added to Oakland's 60-player roster pool Wednesday.
The 24-year-old made a strong impression before the shutdown of spring training and will look to pick up where he left off. Barrera had a .321/.357/.513 slash line with 11 triples, four homers and nine stolen bases in 54 games for Double-A Midland last year.
Barrera impressed manager Bob Melvin with his quick hands at the plate and athleticism in the outfield before spring training was suspended, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. "I feel really close," Barrera said of reaching the Majors, as he comes off a breakout year in which he slashed .321/.357/.513 at Double-A Midland. "I feel like I'm ready, just waiting for the call and waiting for that door to open for me to go up there and do my work. I feel like this is my year."
The 24-year-old would likely be hard-pressed to garner an Opening Day roster spot after not yet having reached the Triple-A level, but he appears destined to get his first taste of major-league regular-season action at some point in 2020. Barrera hit an impressive .296 with a triple, five RBI, a walk, a stolen base and two runs across 12 Cactus League games in his second consecutive spring stint with the Athletics. Oakland projects to start the regular season with a deep outfield, but Barrera could certainly help force the team's hand if he can continue making an impact at his likely season-opening destination, Triple-A Las Vegas.
Barrera was recalled Monday so that he could be placed on the 60-day injured list with a shoulder injury, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Barrera has been out of action since late June. He recorded a strong .321/.357/.513 slash line in 54 games for Double-A Midland prior to suffering the injury. Placing him on the 60-day injured list clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jesus Luzardo, whose contract was purchased in a corresponding move.
Barrera went 2-for-5 with a home run and two strikeouts in Double-A Midland's 9-8 win over Amarillo on Monday.
The 23-year-old missed the final couple weeks of April with an injury, the nature of which was never disclosed. He's hit safely in four of six games since his return from the injured list, but even so, he's seen his line fall from .333/.409/.667 to .273/.324/.515 in that span after a blistering start. Barrera is a center fielder who runs well, but he needs to work on his reads as he's been caught stealing three times in four attempts so far this year.
Barrera is on the 7-day injured list at Double-A Midland with an undisclosed injury.
This is a shame, as Barrera was off to an excellent start in a return to the Texas League. He was hitting .333 with two home runs, one steal and an 8:5 K:BB in 44 plate appearances. Barrera is a plus runner who could be a defensive asset in center field, so if he can pick up where he left off at the plate, he could be a riser up prospect lists this year.
Barrera will open the season with Double-A Midland, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.
It was originally reported that Barrera would go to Triple-A when he was optioned out of big-league camp, but he will instead return to the level where he finished the 2018 season. Barrera, whose plus speed is his top fantasy-relevant trait, impressed with his makeup in the Arizona Fall League and logged a 128 wRC+ in the Texas League last year, so it probably won't be long before he gets a promotion to Triple-A.
Barrera was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
The Athletics have already started to make cuts at major-league camp, and Barrera is one of the latest players to be sent to minor-league camp. He hit for average at Double-A a season ago, batting .328 with 18 RBI and 13 stolen bases over 36 games.
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