Manny Barreda

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Manny Barreda pitched for the Mexican national team before making his major league debut in 2021.

Barreda was taken by the New York Yankees in the 12th round of the 2007 amateur draft. He was 5-0 with a save and a 3.00 ERA for the 2007 GCL Yankees, whiffing 44 in 39 innings. He tied for 9th in the Gulf Coast League in wins. Despite that success, he was back with the same team in 2008 (Sv, 2.65 in 6 G) and most of 2009 (0-1, 2 Sv, 1.93) with a brief stint for the Charleston RiverDogs in '09 (1-0, 4 R in 2 2/3 IP). He closed out a combined no-hitter with Nik Turley. [1]

In 2010, he toiled for Charleston (1-0, 0 R in 7 1/3 IP) and the Staten Island Yankees (4.76 in 7 G). He spent all of 2011 with Charleston, posting a 4-3, 4.50 record and striking out 82 in 74 innings but walking 49. He tied Drew Bowlin for 7th in the South Atlantic League with 45 pitching appearances. During 2012, he was 5-3 with a 3.95 ERA for the Tampa Yankees, again averaging over a K per inning. He made his winter league debut with the 2012-2013 Atenienses de Manatí, going 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA while saving six games. He was 5th in the Puerto Rican League in saves.

Barreda split 2013 between Tampa (2-2, 3 Sv, 3.96 in 33 G, 58 K in 52 1/3 IP) and the Trenton Thunder (0-1, 4.35 in 5 G). That winter, he was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in eight games for the Tomateros de Culiacán. He was 4-1 with a save and a 3.40 ERA for Trenton, fanning 58 in 50 1/3 innings. The Yankees let him go and the Milwaukee Brewers picked him up. He was 0-1 with a 1.99 ERA in 17 games for the Huntsville Stars after the signing. That winter, he was 2-1 with a 4.02 ERA for the Tomateros. In the 2015 Caribbean Series, he made one two-inning appearance against the Caribes de Anzoátegui. Entering with a 2-2 tie, he served up a two-run dinger to Oswaldo Arcia to lose the game. [2]

The right-hander split 2015 between the Biloxi Shuckers (1-1, 3.38 in 32 G; 51 K in 45 1/3 IP, 26 BB), Brevard County Manatees (1 UER in 4 IP) and Toros de Tijuana (4 R in 2 1/3 IP). Back with the Tomateros, he had a rough winter (8.06 ERA in 24 G). He was 2-1 with a save and a 3.50 ERA for the 2016 Toros. That winter, he moved to the Cañeros de Los Mochis, going 4-3 with a 2.20 ERA. He led the Mexican Pacific League in ERA, .12 ahead of Héctor Velázquez and was 3rd with 66 K, behind Velázquez and Tyler Alexander. [3] He reinforced the Águilas de Mexicali for the 2017 Caribbean Series, pitching two shutout innings (one hit) after relieving Barry Enright against the Águilas del Zulia.

Barreda was 4-7 with a 4.06 ERA for Tijuana in 2017, striking out 89 in 93 innings; his control had improved as he walked 34. He took part in his second minor league no-hitter, 8 years after his first, but this one was a solo affair, as he whitewashed the Olmecas de Tabasco. He fanned 14 that day. [4] He was picked up by the Atlanta Braves late in the year, going 3-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 7 games for the Gwinnett Braves.

He was 0-2 wit ha 7.20 ERA for Los Mochis in 2017-2018. The Mexican League went into a dual-season format in 2018. In the spring season, he had a 4-1, 4.40 record for Tijuana, followed by a save and a 7.36 ERA in the fall season. He had a fine winter for the Tomateros (5-3, 2.65). He was second in ERA, .63 behind Elián Leyva and tied for 6th in wins, one off the co-leaders. He allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings in a 2019 Caribbean Series start for the Charros de Jalisco against the Leñadores de Las Tunas; he got a no-decision.

The veteran was 8-3 with a 4.40 ERA for the 2019 Toros. He was 7th in the LMB in ERA, between Cesar Vargas and Luke Heimlich. [5] He then made Mexico's squad for the 2019 Premier 12; he was far from the only US-born player on the team as they had numerous Americans of Mexican descent - they also had Jon Jones, Arturo Reyes, Matt Clark, Adam Quintana, Brennan Bernardino, Horacio Ramirez, Ryan Verdugo, Justin Kelly, Efren Navarro and Phillip Evans for instance. He was excellent, allowing only one hit in seven shutout innings over three games. He debuted in relief of Reyes with a 4-0 lead against the Dutch national team in the 4th. He fanned Kalian Sams, walked Curt Smith and Sicnarf Loopstok, got Gilmer Lampe on a grounder and retired Dwayne Kemp on a fly. In the 5th, he walked Roger Bernadina, who was caught stealing. After Ray-Patrick Didder grounded out, Humberto Castellanos relieved. His next game, he relieved Eduardo Vera in the 6th with a 3-0 lead against Australia and retired all six batters (Luke Hughes, Robbie Glendinning, Logan Wade, Aaron Whitefield, Mitch Nilsson and David Kandilas) before turning the ball over to Quintana. Finally, he got the starting nod against South Korea, with the winner going to the finals and earning a spot in the 2020 Olympics. He faced the minimum through three before Jung-hoo Lee singled to open the 4th. Barreda fanned Ha-seong Kim then was relieved by Bernardino with the game scoreless; Jong-hun Park had matched him goose egg for goose egg. Mexico would lose, but then beat Team USA to win Bronze and a spot in the 2020 Olympics (which were then delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic). He finished 5th in the event in ERA as four hurlers at 0.00 had more innings - Yi Chang, Chih-Wei Hu, Phillippe Aumont and Reyes. Chang was named the All-Star SP and Brandon Dickson the All-Star RP. [6]

He was 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA for Culiacán, tying Mitch Atkins for 4th in the LMP in ERA had he pitched enough to qualify. He was 1-0 with one run in five innings in the 2020 Caribbean Series, beating Giovanni Soto and the Cangrejeros de Santurce. He did not play that summer as the Mexican League season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He was a member of the first Mexican team to play in the Olympic Games in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo in July and August of 2021. He started in the elimination game against Israel and was lit up for six runs in two innings, including a three-run homer by Danny Valencia and a two-run shot by Blake Gailen before Sasagi Sánchez relieved; he took the loss. It was a far cry from his work in the Olympic qualifier. [7]

A month after the Games, he made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles, pitching in relief against the Kansas City Royals on September 9th. He pitched a scoreless frame in the top of the 8th (relieving Marcos Diplan and getting Adalberto Mondesi and Ryan O'Hearn on flies and striking out Michael A. Taylor), before the Orioles made a great comeback, erasing a 5-0 deficit by scoring 9 runs in the bottom of the inning. While Dillon Tate allowed 3 runs and had to be bailed out by Tyler Wells, who recorded the final out, the Birds hung on, 9-8, to gift the 32-year-old his maiden major league win.


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