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Birth Date2-27-1996
Height5' 10"
Weight200 lbs
Age23 years, 7 months, 23 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2017 OAK 21 25 76 14 1 2 2 5 33 0 2 0 .197 .250 .352 55 -4.0 0.7 0.5 0.0
2018 OAK 22 32 75 17 4 0 5 1 29 1 0 0 .233 .253 .493 76 -1.9 -1.1 -1.7 -0.3
2019 OAK 23 23 58 7 2 0 2 1 23 0 1 0 .123 .138 .263 50 -3.5 0.5 -0.3 -0.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2013 BLJ Rk GCL 44 194 .247 .322 .353 .375 99 10.7 5.8 2.5 137 0 0.1 1.4 0.3 1.0
2013 BLU Rk APP 15 58 .230 .303 .346 .275 104 -3.4 1.8 0.8 62 0 -1.2 -1.3 -3.7 -0.4
2014 VAN A- NOR 73 328 .263 .335 .380 .378 98 18.7 9.2 3.5 149 0 -4.8 2.9 6.0 1.8
2015 STO A+ CAL 90 364 .258 .323 .400 .337 99 18.9 9.8 4.1 125 0 -15.0 0.6 -0.3 -0.1
2016 MID AA TEX 119 507 .253 .317 .382 .330 102 8 13.7 3.7 113 0 -13.8 3.1 -2.8 0.4
2016 NAS AAA PCL 4 18 .278 .356 .423 .417 76 2.8 0.5 0.2 98 0 -0.2 0.0 -0.3 0.0
2016 MSS Wnt AFL 21 93 .000 .000 .000 .338 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 OAK MLB AL 25 76 .254 .327 .432 .333 106 -3.1 2.2 0.5 55 13 0.5 0.7 -4.0 0.0
2017 NAS AAA PCL 111 510 .271 .335 .430 .384 92 14.4 15.1 5 104 0 -5.9 0.3 4.6 1.9
2018 OAK MLB AL 32 75 .260 .325 .444 .308 97 -1.8 2.1 0 76 8 -1.7 -1.1 -1.9 -0.3
2018 NAS AAA PCL 77 333 .270 .336 .418 .337 93 22.5 9.8 -0.1 127 0 -1.7 3.5 11.7 2.3
2018 ARA Wnt VWL 32 132 .254 .327 .311 .333 101 10.1 4.2 -0.2 89 2 0.0 0.5 1.5 0.3
2019 OAK MLB AL 23 58 .253 .321 .431 .156 97 -7.1 1.8 0.1 50 12 -0.3 0.5 -3.5 -0.1
2019 LVG AAA PCL 98 424 .284 .358 .491 .374 108 13.2 14.6 1.7 108 0 -4.5 2.2 6.5 1.8

Statistics For All Levels

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2013 BLU Rk APP 58 54 4 11 5 1 0 18 7 2 14 0 2 .204 .259 .333 .130 0 0
2013 BLJ Rk GCL 194 174 30 52 16 6 4 92 19 13 42 10 4 .299 .368 .529 .230 0 1
2014 VAN A- NOR 328 289 65 90 23 4 6 139 61 26 64 29 5 .311 .384 .481 .170 3
2015 STO A+ CAL 364 338 50 102 22 3 13 169 47 15 67 8 3 .302 .333 .500 .198 6 1
2016 MID AA TEX 507 462 63 130 25 3 10 191 50 36 90 30 15 .281 .340 .413 .132 2 1
2016 MSS Wnt AFL 93 88 15 23 6 0 0 29 8 2 21 3 2 .261 .290 .330 .068 1 0
2016 NAS AAA PCL 18 17 2 6 0 1 1 11 3 0 4 0 2 .353 .389 .647 .294 0 0
2017 NAS AAA PCL 510 469 63 136 19 7 15 214 54 27 141 15 8 .290 .339 .456 .166 2 3
2017 OAK MLB AL 76 71 10 14 1 2 2 25 6 5 33 2 0 .197 .250 .352 .155 0 0
2018 NAS AAA PCL 333 282 54 73 16 1 18 145 46 39 106 5 2 .259 .357 .514 .255 5 0
2018 ARA Wnt VWL 132 115 19 35 6 0 3 50 17 14 17 2 1 .304 .386 .435 .130 1 0
2018 OAK MLB AL 75 73 10 17 4 0 5 36 16 1 29 0 0 .233 .253 .493 .260 0 0
2019 LVG AAA PCL 424 373 88 110 29 5 19 206 65 42 113 15 1 .295 .374 .552 .257 2 1
2019 OAK MLB AL 58 57 6 7 2 0 2 15 5 1 23 1 0 .123 .138 .263 .140 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2017 302 0.4702 0.4834 0.6644 0.5986 0.3813 0.8000 0.4754 0.3356 0.0000
2018 301 0.4751 0.4784 0.6181 0.5804 0.3861 0.7590 0.4262 0.3819 0.0000
2019 221 0.4570 0.4661 0.5728 0.5545 0.3917 0.6964 0.4255 0.4272 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation


Year Team Salary
2019 OAK $557,500
2018 OAK $
2017 OAK $
1 yrTotal$557,500


Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 131 d1 year/$557,500 (2019)

  • 1 year/$557,500 (2019). Re-signed by Oakland 3/19.
  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by Oakland 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Oakland 11/18/16. Re-signed by Oakland 3/17.
  • Acquired by Oakland in trade from Toronto 11/28/14.
  • Signed by Toronto 2012 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela. $1.45M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 56 14 3 0 2 4 16 1 1 .275 .339 .451 112 0.0 2B -1 0.0
80o 37 10 2 0 2 2 11 1 0 .294 .351 .529 105 0.0 2B -1 0.0
70o 24 6 1 0 1 1 7 1 0 .273 .304 .455 99 0.0 2B 0 0.0
60o 12 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .182 .250 .182 94 0.0 2B 0 0.0
50o 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 90 0.0 2B 0 0.0
Weighted Mean410000100.250.250.250910.02B 00.0

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2019-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Franklin Barreto wind up in 2020? Do you think he deserves an opportunity to accrue 600 ABs?
(Vic from Baltimore)
I'm off the Franklin Barreto train, especially on the A's. There's a crowd with the A's in Seimien, Mateo, Pinder, and even Neuse to clog up time.

He's a definite trade candidate, but if he wants to touch 600 PAs in the 2020 season, it would have to be on a rebuilding team like the Orioles. (Tyler Oringer)
2019-06-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)This past offseason, Franklin Barreto seemed to have done everything which was asked of him - draw more walks, hit for more power. His staggering June stats have "fixed" his AAA season stats (okay, okay - it's probably not as if a 900 OPS is even "good" in AAA in 2019, is it?) and I noticed he played ss yesterday with Mateo at 2b - surprising to me. What sort of chance he could be an impact fantasy player?
(Homer from Springfield)
He's another tough one. He's just never really put it together at the major league level and I have concerns about his ability to hit consistently there. He's got some boom/bust to him because if he _can_ hit, all the other tools are going to play up. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Franklin Barreto maintain a decent chance of being an everyday above average MLBer?
(Vic from Baltimore)
How do we define "decent?" There's probably a pretty wide variance in answers for something like that. Barreto is struggling in the aforementioned hitter-happy PCL, which isn't great. But he's 23, athletic and with consistent time has a reasonable chance of being worth a couple wins season in and out. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-02-06 21:00:00 (link to chat)Favorite flavor of question, I'm sure - where would Franklin Barreto rank for you guys, were he still eligible? I get the K% is super high, but he's also very young and a toolshed.
(dtothew from Atlanta, GA)
Oh god, Barreto is sort of my kryptonite. I'd probably have pushed for him to rank in the 30s with Gimenez and Urias if he were still eligible, albeit for very different reasons. I still believe, for better or for worse. - BC (Dynasty 101 Chat w/ Ben Carsley and Bret Sayre)
2018-04-05 20:00:00 (link to chat)If you were the A's what positions do you put Franklin Barreto, Jorge Mateo, and Sheldon Neuse? Third base is blocked with Matt Chapman. Are any of them better shortstops, defensively, than Marcus Semien? And the A's seem intent on using Dustin Fowler in centerfield once healthy.
(Ken from Fairfax)
Barreto second base, Mateo center field and Neuse first base. They're going to need to make some trades or see some injuries but these things have a way of working themselves out. (Mike Gianella)
2018-05-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Jorge Mateo, Franklin Barreto, and Sheldon Neuse all knocking at the door of the majors, what should the A's do with them? Matt Chapman is ensconced at 3B. The A's aren't giving Barreto or Mateo reps in center despite the fact Dustin Fowler is at best a tick below average defensively there. And it isn't clear Mateo or Barreto would be better than Marcus Semien at shortstop. They can't all play second base...
(John from Harrisonburg)
So this is a good problem for a team to have. Talent logjams have a way of clearing up. Remember when the Cubs had Too Many Shortstops? The thing about some of these guys is that some of them simply wind up being not that great, and you can trade people for stuff too. I mean, is Neuse really threatening to unseat anyone right now? Barreto will work his way into the lineup somehow. Part of the reason some of these guys are still in Triple-A is that Jed Lowrie has been playing his ass off, but he's a free agent after this year. Patience, grasshopper. (Nicolas Stellini)
2018-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think that Franklin Barreto is likely to move off SS?
(Greg Ramos from Oakland)
I think he's a better fit at second or center, but the Athletics generally tend to be more liberal in what they want out of their shortstop gloves. (Top 101 with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-11-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Whose bat do you think will ultimately be better, Franklin Barreto or J.P. Crawford?
(Cole Whittier from Pasadena, CA)
We have JPC ranked a good bit higher on the current draft of the 101. I can handwave gaps in ranking as insignificant at times (the vaunted "fudge factor"). but Crawford is definitely a shortstop, and a very good one at that. That matters. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why should we still believe in Franklin Barreto after his horrible bb/k rate and his 43% K rate in the big leagues? Is he still an elite prospect and a 60-grade hit tool or is the shine wearing off as he moves up the ladder? Stellini insight needed!
(Rudy from East Los Angeles)
The dude had 76 plate appearances. Patience, young Padawan. (Nicolas Stellini)
2017-09-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is Franklin Barreto still a top prospect or is his K rate worrying? Still only 21 though! Give us some insight.
(Cole Whittier from Pasadena, CA)
Can't it be both? We're going to be a little down on Barreto I think, but he's also a guy I'm gonna have to dig into more when it comes to A's list/101 finalizing. It looked bad in the majors although there were also flashes of what he could be. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your personal top 5 favorite prospects to follow as a fan?
(Kim from NYC)
Oh gosh, I'm not enough of a prospect guy for this. Willie Calhoun. Logan Shore. Franklin Barreto. Brent Honeywell. Nick Senzel. (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-07-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for chatting, Jeff. My boy Franklin Barreto got the call recently, but had he not been in the majors, where could you have seen him ranked? I'm guessing before getting called up he was on some iteration of this list. Thoughts on what you've seen from him in the majors so far?
(Willson from Oakland)
He was around 30 as I recall. I will confess to not catching a ton of actual major league baseball the last couple weeks, so I don't have much more than what the stat line would tell you, overmatched at times, flashes of that talent at others. I'd be inclined to give him the rest of the year to make adjustments. But I won't be shocked if we end up having to rank him in the offseason either. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the best defensive option for the A's at shortstop going into next season: A) Marcus Semien, B) Chad Pinder, C) Franklin Barreto?
(John from San Francisco)
Thanks for asking this in advance, John-it gave me a chance to dig up this great Eric Longenhagen line: " more inclusive regarding shortstops than the average MLB club." (This ties into my Beane-is-inscrutable comment earlier--what is his current view of fielding?) I don't think you're going to see any of them at the top of the Fielding Bible or FRAA leaderboards. Barreto's only 21, so his glove could develop, but at this moment Semien's probably the best of the bunch. This is not the same as saying that he's really good. (Rob Mains)
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What should I do with Jurickson Profar? Is he ever going to come close to reaching his ceiling? Would you keep him over Franklin Barreto in a dynasty league?
(Chris from Washington, DC)
There's a lot we don't know about Profar because he hasn't gotten a true everyday opportunity at a fixed position defensively. How much of last season's performance had to do with the injury or the role he was in is purely speculation. I would rather have Barreto (mainly because of the stolen bases). I think the potential for a productive everyday player is still there for Profar, but it's a safe bet to assume that he's not going to be the player we all envisioned three or four years ago. I'd much rather roll the dice on Barreto. (George Bissell)
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)I could use some help with my last two keeper spots (10-team dynasty). I am currently deciding between Josh Bell, Franklin Barreto, Jurickson Profar, Reynaldo Lopez, and Michael Pineda. Which two will provide the most value over the next 5 years? Thanks!
(Kevin from Alexandria, VA)
Hey Kevin, I'd keep Bell and Barreto. In a 10-team dynasty, there is so much pitching available on the waiver wire that I wouldn't keep a non-ace level starter. I like Barreto's speed, even if he's not at shortstop long-term. Bell is the interesting one for me. Every time I saw him in person, I came away impressed. (George Bissell)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Franklin Barreto's defensive home in the majors will be 1) SS, 2) 2B, or 3) CF?
(Tom from San Francisco)
It's the A's, man. It might end up being all three, but I think they give him a longer run at shortstop than we'd expect. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-01-18 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Franklin Barreto as a solid if unspectacular super utility guy, sort of a speedy Zobrist with less obp? 30% chance he sticks at ss?
(Musial6 from Stl )
I think that's selling him short. Think he'll hit enough to play everyday somewhere, even if he's not so great defensively. (Bret Sayre)
2016-09-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your best guess as to when Franklin Barreto arrives in the majors? And will it be with A's or will they trade him off in they are in contention next year ala Addison Russell?
(JM from CT)
I'm horrible at guessing these, but I'd assume next year. AAA at the point in the year he moved up seems to me to be a "let's see if he can sustain it" gamble heading into 2017. If he keeps hitting in camp, I can't imagine they leave him down any longer than service time would dictate.

That said, will he start? I'm not sure -- I'd assume if he was up, he'd be up to play, but I've been wrong there too. The luster kind of wore off Marcus Semien, but he's still a contributor, and I doubt the A's are looking to move on from him incredibly quickly. That said, Joey Wendle might be more of a bench piece, and if they're competitive, they might want to have Barreto and Semien play together in the middle infield by moving Semien to 2nd. I could definitely see it.

Also, here's my sports radio guy coming out: no way they do another high profile SS trade any time soon after Russell. Beane seemed to have worked out an exciting Cal-League mirage trading loophole, but that one bit him very badly. (Trevor Strunk)
2016-09-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)When does Franklin Barreto emerge from the minors and take the starting shortstop position with the A's? And/or when does he get traded so the A's can contend as a season winds down? See Addison Russell
(JM from CT)
I love Franklin Barreto and consistently rank him higher than most of my colleagues. That said, it does seem like it takes him a while to adjust to each new level after each promotion, so patience is in order. If you made me pick a month when he becomes an everyday major league shortstop and keeps the job for an extended period of time, I'd pick July 2018. He might get a shot or two at the gig before then, but he could relinquish the position if he's slow to adjust to MLB pitching. I think it's highly unlikely that the A's will trade him before he plays a few years for him in the majors, but then again, I didn't think they'd trade Josh Donaldson when they did, either, so what do I know? (Scooter Hotz)
2016-08-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Rank you top 5 fantasy SS's over the next 3 years.
(Dave from Boston)
1. Corey Seager, 2. Carlos Correa, 3. Xander Bogaerts, 4. Francisco Lindor, 5. Addison Russell. If you started the clock three years from now, or moved the time frame a few years farther out, I'd probably find a way to get Franklin Barreto on that list. I love that dude. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-08-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)#1 Prospect in 2018, 2019 and 2020?
(Mike from NYC)
2018: Victor Robles
2019: Franklin Barreto (see?)
2020: Isan DIaz (Scooter Hotz)
2016-08-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)NEXT big prospect nobody is talking about?
(Dan from DC)
If Franklin Barreto qualifies, then Franklin Barreto. This is the third time I'm saying it in this chat, but I love Franklin Barreto. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-07-05 19:00:00 (link to chat)Has Franklin Barreto been over-hyped? His TL numbers are mediocre. Has he been battling nagging injuries or are TL scouts still bullish on him?
I don't have any specifics on Barreto, but he's young enough that it's definitely too early to write him off. (Kate Morrison)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Franklin Barreto a top 10 prospect by midseason? Or is that above his ceiling?
( Billy B from Oakland)
Hey there Billy. That DePodesta thing in Cleveland is crazy right??? Um...Barreto is getting close to that already given the glut of elite prospects that reached the Majors last season. He's not near the level of someone like J.P. Crawford tho. I'd put him, Rodgers, Turner, Swanson, Anderson and Arcia ahead of him at the position just off the top of my head. Gleyber Torres is in the mix there too. (George Bissell)
2015-12-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Of the following crew of current shortstops how many, if any, can stick at the position: Franklin Barreto, Chad Pinder, Yairo Munoz, Richie Martin, and Mikey White?
(Jack from San Jose )
This is a GREAT question. We are starting this chat off with a GREAT question. I would say all but Pinder have a realistic chance of staying at shortstop. If I was betting on which ones would, however, I'd say Martin and Barreto. Pinder will play it as a utility guy, and the same to White, but I can't see it regularly. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)I need help understanding the Brett Lawrie trade. While he is no Josh Donadlson (cough), he is a 2-3 WAR 3B with some upside, and pretty cheap. Beane traded him off for 2 middling prospects, in order to clear space for.....Jed Lowrie and Danny Valencia?
(Q-Ball from Chicago)
I'm not sure I'm the one to help you, as I found that move puzzling to say the least as well. The team touched on it a little in the TA yesterday, but given the prospect return Oakland got it's tough to not see the Donaldson trade as anything but an unmitigated disaster at this point. Looooot of pressure on Franklin Barreto, who I like a good bit but...doesn't look like Josh Donaldson 2.0. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-09-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)So this year has been pretty terrible for A's fans. Billy Beane dealt the first legit offensive star in Josh Donaldson this team has had since Miguel Tejada, and he got pennies on the dollar (fingers crossed on Franklin Barreto!). Then we saw Jesse Hahn go down with a serious injury and I think he may be sidelined permanently. So give me some good news about the farm. Sean Manaea and Dillon Overton -- thoughts? How about Renato Nunez and Matt Olson? Is Matt Chapman anything other than a Stockton mirage?
(Ted from San Jose)
Still shaking my head at the Donaldson trade. I liked pretty much all the pieces the A's got back... but they aren't guys you trade a star 3B for. Really like Manaea. He's a dude. Going to be perfect middle rotation/3 SP in Oakland. Not sure the fastball command will be there for anything more than that though. Great park for his skill set, too. And man... personality is a perfect fit for the A's. Great get. Overton wasn't throwing very hard last I heard. Have to see where the health is there, but he's got some potential. My reports on the other guys are pretty dated. I wasn't a big fan of Olson. (Al Skorupa)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Strictly in your opinion, can you rate these SS on their potential upside, and are there sizable gaps anywhere in the rankings? Jorge Mateo, Javier Guerra, Gleybar Torres, Adrian Rondon, Gilbert Lara (3B bound) and Franklin Barreto. Thanks
(Flanders from Springfield)
Torres, Barreto, Mateo, Lara, Guerra, and Rondon. I think there's a gap between Torres/Barreto and the rest of those guys. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Chad Pinder get the next shot at SS in Oakland the way Semien has kicked the ball around ? Pinder himself has 15 errors already so do you think he has to move off SS ?
(Curt from Stockton, Cal)
I don't think Billy Beane knows what his roster is going to look like in a week, much less next season. Franklin Barreto is the guy long-term at short in Oakland for my money. (George Bissell)
2015-07-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Billy Bean situation and stuff, but do you think Franklin Barreto's becoming an untouchable prospect? He's been a beast this year.
(David from Oakland)
I've heard some serious reports on Barreto and he's about to be one of the break out prospects of the year. Serious dude. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-07-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Ooooh, Franklin Barreto talk makes me excited! What confused me though is the lack of steals, is that just an aberration? Also, does he stick at SS?
(Tim from SD)
Last one, I think the stolen bases come back. Barreto has the arm for short but I think he's a CF long term. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)We're 50-some games into the season, and Josh Donaldson has a slash of .316/.375/.606 overall while Brett Lawrie is hitting .265/.295/.376. Kendall Graveman has charitably been uneven. Sean Nolin is coming back from an injury. Franklin Barreto can't even hit in Stockton. Why did Billy Beane sell so low on Donaldson, who would look really great in a lineup that has hit lefties to the tune of .226/.308/.323 this season? I feel like we haven't gotten the whole story on this trade.
(John from San Francisco)
Well, there were some rumors of disrespect on Donaldson's part that ended up making it into the mainstream media, so I can't imagine Beane was too torn up about seeing Donaldson go at the time.

It was a bad decision even if you're rosy as hell on Barreto. I did wonder if Beane saw something in Nolin and Graveman that he liked but neither player is going to make up the difference one Josh Donaldson makes. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-04-06 20:15:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Richard Urena going to full season ball. Do you think him and Gordon could be the best low-A short stops in the minors?
(Mike from NY)
I don't have a firm read on Urena beyond that he's interesting and I plan on finding out more. I still think he's behind guys like Amed Rosario and Franklin Barreto, though Gordon definitely factors in quite highly, there. (Craig Goldstein)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat, Jordan! Please rank the following middle infield prospects by their offensive potential: Daniel Robertson, Tim Anderson, Dilson Herrera, Trea Turner, Alen Hanson, and Franklin Barreto.
(Dennis from LA)
A lot of these guys are really, really close. Man. Anderson, Robertson, Barreto, Herrera, Turner, Hanson, but the middle few guys are definitely in the same tier. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)Does Franklin Barreto profile better as a 2B or CF? And what's the upside in his bat?
(Giles from Murin)
I like Barreto better in center field, as I think there's enough instincts and speed to play well at the position. Going back to a late-night debate with Jason Parks in Arizona last spring, I have a natural affinity for the center field profile over the second base profile, and with that, I would prefer to see Barreto shift to that position if he can't handle shortstop. Offensively, Barreto has a chance to contribute across the board, which when combined with an up-the-middle profile, is extremely valuable. (Mark Anderson)
2015-03-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which prospects ranked in BP's 2015 top 50-101 have the best chance of vaulting into the top 10 or 20 for 2016?
(GLK from Boston)
I like Sean Manaea most for this category. Nods to Jeff Hoffman, Alex Jackson, Franklin Barreto. (Sam Miller)
2014-12-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Josh Donaldson had 4 years before free agency, and the A's got an adequate, injury prone replacement in Brett Lawrie, a pair of soft-tossers in Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman, and an infielder who is years away from contributing in Franklin Barreto. Then they dealt Brandon Moss for a 24-year old second baseman who just got to Double-A in Joey Wendle. And before that, they signed DH Billy Butler to a three-year deal. Why sell off Donaldson and Moss for such paltry returns? Why bring in Butler if you're going to rebuild? What is Billy Beane doing?
(John from San Francisco)
I think, emphasize think, I could come up with explanations on each of these moves on their own. But combined, they really throw me for a loop. I'm struggling to come up with an answer that's not far-fetched... We've been programmed to trust Beane, but it looks like he went all in last summer, which I loved and now he realizes that if he doesn't try and get some long-term assets for his club, it could go down the tubes quickly. I get that thought process, I'm not sure I see these moves being the best execution. Adding Butler to the mix almost feels like they changed their minds as to how to approach the offseason a few weeks into the process. Perplexing... (Sahadev Sharma)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Do the A's plan on trying to keep Franklin Barreto at SS. His numbers looked pretty good last year, is he someone that could be a top 50 prospect by this time next year?
(Harrison from Cali)
There's always a dream that your top flight prospects are going to stay at shortstop, simply because other than catcher it is probably the most difficult position to find impact offensive talent on a regular basis. Barreto should continue to get a chance while he's in the low minors, but the actions just weren't that natural for me and I think by the time he hits the upper levels he will be moving to center field. (Mark Anderson)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)What have you heard on Franklin Barreto? He is 18 year old shortstop, in low A, and hit .311 with 6 HR and stole 29 bases in 79 games. Also is JaCoby Jones a guy to keep an eye on? I mean he is college guy in A, but 23 HR and 17 SB ca't be ignored. But A seems low for a college guy and he hasn't exact moved fast. Thanks Ben.
(Matt from Cambridge)
Both are legit fantasy prospects at this point, to be sure. Jones is probably the safer bet to reach the majors, but Barreto has the higher upside, and that's who I prefer. You're going to have to wait a while, but you could be left with a quality starting fantasy shortstop. (Ben Carsley)
2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks C.J. Could you rank these prospects in terms of ceiling: Nomar Mazara, Franklin Barreto, and Manuel Margot.
(Keith from Manchester, CT)
In the order you have them, in my opinion. (CJ Wittmann)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ranking highest upside, bat only... Aaron Judge, Rio Ruiz, Lewis Brinson, Renato Nunez, Dalton Pompey, and Franklin Barreto?
(MP from Kentucky)
Pure upside: Brinson, Judge, Pompey, Ruiz, Barreto, Nunez (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is Franklin Barreto starting to climb up the prospect rankings, any chance he is a top 101 guy at the end of the year?
(JB from CT)
Barreto has been in the discussion for the 101, and I'm sure he'll be in the discussion again this year. Will be a stretch to stick at SS, but even in CF, has some tools to impact the game. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Amed Rosario or Franklin Barreto?
(SK from Boston)
Rosario. He's going to stick at SS, whereas Barreto is a CF long term. I like both guys quite a bit, but the early reports on Rosario are excellent. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)What's the latest Franklin Barreto buzzbuzzbuzz?
(Esteban from South Jersey)
He's in extended ST. The buzz is muted until short-season starts. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are you hearing on Franklin Barreto? Is the bat legit?
(Drew from Chicago)
I think so absolutely. The hands are ridiculous at the plate and there's too much natural ability there for him not to hit in my opinion. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'll go ahead and apologize for the blatant fantasy question, but in a medium-deep keeper league looking for lottery tickets, which one of Gabriel Guerrero, Manuel Margot, Franklin Barreto, Amed Rosario, and Ronald Guzman would you want?
(Rob from Alaska)
You can't really go wrong with any of them if you're looking for lottery tickets. I've been particularly impressed with the reports on Rosario, but my eyes tell me Margot might be the guy I'd put my money on. (Mark Anderson)

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