Franklin Jose Barreto Rojas
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 174 lb.
At the age of 18, shortstop Franklin Barreto was a key figure in a major trade following the 2014 season.
Barreto was signed out of Venezuela by the Toronto Blue Jays before the 2013 season. He made his professional debut at age 17 with the GCL Blue Jays, hitting .299 with 16 doubles, 6 triples and 4 homers in 44 games. These were outstanding numbers for such a young player, and they earned him a promotion to the Bluefield Blue Jays of the Appalachian League before the end of the year. There he hit .204 in 15 games. He then was promoted to the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League where he continued to wow observers with a .311 average, 23 doubles, 65 runs scored and 61 RBIs, all the while playing a key defensive position while over three years younger than the average player in the circuit.
After those first two extremely promising year as a professional, he was a key player in the November 28, 2014 trade that sent All-Star 3B Josh Donaldson from the Blue Jays to the Oakland Athletics in return for four players. The other were 3B Brett Lawrie, and Ps Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin; he was the only one of the four not to have any major league experience, but was considered the prize catch by Oakland, as the replacement for another top infield prospect, Addison Russell, whom the A's had traded away earlier that year in an unsuccessful bid to reach deep into the postseason.
Barreto made his major league debut for the A's on June 24, 2017, starting at second base and going 2 for 5 in a 10-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. Onme of the hits was his first career home run, and he was part of a trio of A's players hitting their first career home run that day: Matt Olson had two long balls, and Jaycob Brugman also hit one. It was the first time a team had pulled off the feat since the 1914 Kansas City Packers had done so in the Federal League.