Franklin Jose Barreto (Rojas) was originally signed by Blue Jays scouts Ismael Cruz, Luis Marquez and Rafael Moncada.
Had six stints with Oakland in 2018 and batted .233 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 32 games… nine of his 17 hits (52.9%) were for extra bases (four doubles) and he slugged .493…averaged 4.56 at bats per RBI, which was fifth best in the American League among players with 50 or more plate appearances…walked just once and struck out 29 times and his average of 29.0 strikeouts per walk was the highest in the AL using the 50 plate appearance minimum…now has 62 strikeouts in 144 career at bats…batted .255 (12-for-47) with three home runs against right-handed pitchers, .192 (5-for-26) with two home runs against left-handers…now has a .250 (24-for-96) career average against righties, .146 (7-for-48) against lefties…hit .158 with the bases empty, .314 with four of his five home runs with runners on base…had three three-run homers…his career splits are .160 (12-for-75) with two home runs with the bases empty, .275 (19-for-69) with five home runs with runners on…four of his five home runs came with two strikes as have six of his seven career home runs…hit .278 with four of his five home runs in 14 road games, .189 in 18 games at home…batted .308 during the day…went 1-for-21 (.048) in 16 games at night…had a .295 average over innings 1-6, a .138 average from the seventh inning on…made 16 starts at second base and one at shortstop…committed two errors in 26 games overall at second base (.973 fielding percentage) and none in two games at shortstop…went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts as a pinch hitter and is 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts in his career…made 12 of his 18 starts batting ninth in the order…played for Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season and hit .352 with seven home runs and 38 RBI in 55 games…ranked second in the league in batting, third in RBI and slugging (.528) and fourth in on-base percentage (.417) and runs (37).
OAKLAND: Was recalled for the first time April 7 when Chad Pinder went on the disabled list… appeared in just one game with the A's on April 11 at Los Angeles (NL) and did not have an at bat when he was optioned back to Nashville April 16 when Pinder came off the DL.. went 0-for-6 in four games during his second stint from May 23 to 31…drew his only walk of the season May 29 against Tampa Bay…saw his most extensive action during his third stint from June 16 to July 2 when he hit .239 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 13 games, including 12 starts (11 at second base, one at shortstop)…hit his first home run of the season and had three RBI June 20 at San Diego…then had two home runs and six RBI in his next game, the first game of a doubleheader at Chicago (AL) on June 22…at the age of 22 years, 115 days, he became the youngest Athletic wit six or more RBI in a game since at least 1908…the previous youngest was Jimmie Foxx on May 22, 1930 (22 years, 212 days)…became the fifth youngest player in Oakland history with a two-homer game and the youngest since Ben Grieve on June 16, 1998 (22 years, 43 days)…the home runs and RBI were career highs…went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts June 26…his fourth stint lasted two games from July 14 to 23 and he went 1-for-4…returned July 29 and went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in three games before he was optioned back to Nashville Aug. 7…had a career-high three hits Aug. 1 vs. Toronto…was brought up for the sixth time when rosters expanded on Sept. 1 and went 2-for-12 (.167) with a home run and three RBI in nine games, including one start at second base…was on the A's roster for the Wild Card game but did not play.
NASHVILLE: Hit a career-high 18 home runs with Triple-A Nashville, which ranked third in the A's farm system despite just 77 games in the minors…batted a career-low .259 with 46 RBI…added a career-high 39 walks for a .357 on-base percentage…slugged a career-high .514, which was third best in the A's farm system…struck out 106 times, an average of 3.14 plate appearances per strikeout…hit .280 (61-for-218) with 15 of his 18 home runs, 41 of his 46 RBI and 35 of his 39 walks against right-handed pitchers compared to .188 (12-for-64) against left-handers…had a .946 OPS against righties, .606 against lefties…batted .235 with nine home runs and 25 RBI in 47 games before the All-Star Break, .295 with nine home runs and 21 RBI in 30 games after the break…hit .328 with five doubles and seven home runs when leading off an inning (.766 slugging percentage)…had a .200 batting average with runners in scoring position…13 of his 18 home runs were solo shots…appeared in 60 games at second base and 11 at shortstop…committed five errors as a second baseman (.981 fielding percentage) and two as a shortstop (.959 fielding percentage)…also went 6-for-22 (.273) in five games at designated hitter…hit in every spot in the order from second through sixth, including 28 games batting third and 27 in the five spot… began the season at Nashville and went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the opener on April 5 at New Orleans before he was recalled by Oakland April 7…went 0-for-10 over his first three games following his return on April 17 but then went 19-for-55 (.345) over a 14-game stretch from April 22 to May 6 to boost his average to .304…capped that stretch with his only two homer game with the Sounds on May 6 against Memphis…also drove in a Triple-A best five runs in the game…went 7-for-50 (.140) over his next 14 games before moving up to Oakland May 23… returned to Nashville June 3 and went 4-for-5 that day at Round Rock…then went 6-for-37 (.162) over his next 10 games before the A's called again June 16…hit .220 with four home runs and nine RBI in 12 games in July when he bounced between Oakland and Triple-A…joined Nashville for the final time Aug. 7 and hit .325 with seven home runs and 16 RBI in 22 games in August… had a season-best six-game hitting streak from Aug. 13 to 19 (9-for-22, .409)…went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Aug. 29 at New Orleans.
Batted .197 with a double, two triples, two home runs and six RBI in 25 games over two stints with Oakland in his Major League debut…also hit .290 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI in 111 games with Triple-A Nashville…struck out 33 times in 76 plate appearances with the A's and his average of 2.30 plate appearances per strikeout was fourth lowest in Oakland history among players with 75 or more plate appearances…fanned 141 times with the Sounds for a total of 174 strikeouts in 586 plate appearances (3.37 plate appearances per strikeout)…with the A's, he hit .245 (12-for-49) against right-handed pitchers, .091 (2-for-22) against left-handers…had all five of his extra base hits against righties for a .469 slugging percentage…batted .235 during the day, .100 at night…went 2-for-17 (.118) with runners in scoring position…started nine games at short-stop and seven at second base…committed three errors as a shortstop (.942 fielding percentage) and one as a second baseman (.971)…was recalled from Nashville June 24 and made his ML debut that day at Chicago (AL)…went 2-for-5 in a start at second base…at the age of 21 years, 117 days, he became the youngest non-pitcher to make his debut for the A's since Eric Chavez debuted on Sept. 8, 1998 at 20 years, 275 days…struck out in his first at bat but then hit a two-run home run off James Shields in the third inning for his first ML hit…became the fifth player in Oakland his-tory to homer in his ML debut (Tom Wilson, 2001; Scott Brosius, 1991; Terry Steinbach, 1986; Joe Keough, 1968)…is the youngest Athletic to homer since Jose Canseco on Sept. 28, 1985 (21 years, 88 days)…had two more hits the next day against the White Sox to become the first Athletic to start his career with back-to-back multiple hit games since Ramon Hernandez had three straight from June 29-July 1, 1999…stole his first base July 2 against Atlanta…had his first career walk-off hit July 4 against Chicago (AL), a home run off Tommy Kahnle…is the youngest Athletic with a walk-off home since Jimmie Foxx did it at age 20 on May 14, 1928 against Cleveland (source: Elias Sports Bureau)…was batting .190 with two home runs and four RBI in 11 games when he was optioned to Nashville July 8…returned to Oakland when rosters expanded Sept. 1 and hit .207 with two RBI in 14 games during his second stint…made six starts (four at second base, two at shortstop)…was named the A's number two prospect by Baseball America following the season.
Had minor league career highs in home runs (15), extra base hits (41) and strikeouts (141) and matched his best in hits (136) and triples (7)…the strikeouts tied for fifth most in the Pacific Coast League…tied for third in the A's farm system in triples, tied for fifth in hits, ranked sixth in batting (.290) and slugging (.456), tied for sixth in total bases (214), tied for seventh in stolen bases (15) and tied for ninth in home runs…hit .297 (114-for-384) with 14 of his 15 home runs against right-handed pitching, .259 (22-for-85) against left-handers…slugged 12 of his 15 home runs on the road…six came in the first inning…batted .332 in 51 games in the leadoff spot, .311 with runners in scoring position, .309 when leading off an inning and .301 at night…ap-peared in 83 games at shortstop and 25 games at second base…led PCL shortstops with 18 errors (.950 fielding percentage)…also made three errors as a second baseman (.969)…batted in every spot in the order except fourth and sixth…was a perfect 4-for-4 April 20 at Oklahoma City, his first of three four-hit games (Aug. 17 at Memphis and Aug. 25 vs. Round Rock)…batted .333 with 15 RBI in 22 games in April…then hit safely in his first 11 games in May for his longest hitting streak of the season (15-for-47, .319)…struck out in 28 consecutive games from May 9 to June 11 (46 strikeouts total)…drew just two walks over that stretch…drove in a season-high five runs May 18 at Fresno…was hitting .303 entering a May 28 doubleheader against Colorado Springs but that would be his last day over .300 as he went 1-for-6 in the twin bill to fall to .299…had a ninth inning grand slam and drove in four runs in a 5-2 win at Iowa June 1…was 0-for-5 with a season-high four strikeouts June 6 at Omaha…his averaged slipped to .268 on June 14 and he was bat-ting .281 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 68 games when he was promoted to Oakland for the first time June 24…returned to Nashville July 9 and hit .304 with seven home runs and 22 RBI over his final 43 games…had six straight multiple hit games from July 29 to Aug. 5 (14-for-26, .538)…had two two-steal games in 2017 and they came in back-to-back contests against Round Rock on Aug. 25 and 26…stole eight bases in 25 games in August and hit .349 with 17 RBI.
Was named to the Texas League Midseason and Postseason All-Star Teams after batting .281 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI in 119 games with Double-A Midland…tied for fourth in the TL in hits (130), tied for fifth in runs (63), ranked sixth in batting and 10th in on-base percentage (.340)…stole 30 bases, which ranked third, but was caught stealing 15 times, which led the league…also went 6-for-17 (.353) with a home run and three RBI in four games with Triple-A Nashville and combined to hit .284 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI in 123 games overall …was named the A's Top Prospect by Baseball America following the season…had career highs in hits (136), doubles (25), walks (36), stolen bases (30), extra base hits (40), games, at bats (470) and strikeouts (94) and matched his best in runs (65)…led the A's farm system in steals, ranked fifth in batting, sixth in hits, eighth in total bases (202) and tied for 10th in runs, slugging (.422) and on-base percentage (.342)…batted .286 (32-for-112) against left-handed pitching compared to .283 (104-for-367) with 10 of his 11 home runs against right-handers…had a .297 average with runners in scoring position, but that mark dropped to .212 with RISP and two outs…hit .236 during the first half of the TL season, .337 in the second half…with Midland, he batted .323 at home compared to .244 on the road…hit .389 in the ninth inning…committed a career-low 19 errors…15 of those came as a shortstop at Midland, which were the most among TL shortstops…appeared in 85 games overall at shortstop (.953 fielding percentage) and also made four errors in 33 games at second base (.972)…also appeared in six games at designated hitter (5-for-22, .227)…hit in every spot in the order except third and fourth…saw his most action batting leadoff, where he hit .303 with a .357 on-base percentage in 54 games.