Franklin Barreto stepped into the batter's box Saturday night to start off the 11th annual Fall Stars Game against Rays prospect Brent Honeywell. Three pitches later, Barreto walked back to the dugout.
Honeywell spotted two perfect fastballs -- one on the inside corner and the next on the outside -- before snapping off a big 12-6 curveball, forcing Barreto to chase a ball in the dirt and whiff to start the game. Barreto's day didn't get much better in his East squad's 12-3 loss to the West.
In his second and last at-bat of the day, Barreto grounded out to third base, finishing hitless in the game. At shortstop Barreto looked smooth with a quick throwing release, but his attempt of a highlight play wound up as an error and the West's fifth run of the game.
Looking to spin and hurl a perfect throw across his body on a ball up the middle, Barreto's toss to first base was low and out of reach as it took a bounce into the stands, handing the West a 5-0 lead in the third inning.
Reliever Sam Bragg entered in the bottom of the fifth for the East and the A's pitching prospect earned all three of his outs in his one inning pitched by virtue of strikeouts. But, that doesn't paint the whole picture for Bragg.
Bragg also allowed two earned runs off two hits, including a home run off the bat of Willie Calhoun, who went on to win MVP of the game.
For comparison's sake, Bragg has only allowed one earned run in six appearances for the Mesa Solar Sox before Saturday's Fall Stars Game.