You noticed him the moment you walked into the clubhouse at the A’s spring training complex, in Mesa, Ariz. He had swag and bleach-tipped hair that just about introduces itself before he does.
Luis Barrera has star quality, but as the No. 8 prospect in the organization, it hasn't been showcased on the big stage -- at least not yet.
Before Robbie Grossman signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, A’s general manager David Forst said there have been candidates within the organization that could replace the left fielder. Great ones in fact.
Barrera specifically was mentioned by Forst during virtual Winter Meetings in December as a possible candidate to get some time with the big league club in 2021.
“Luis is very close to being ready for a chance,” Forst said.
The lefty was showing off how aggressive he is at the plate back in November during his time in the Dominican Winter League.
The A's 2012 international signee hit .321/.357.513 with 72 hits in 54 games during his time with Double-A Midland in 2019. He also took advantage of his time in San Jose at the alternate training site during 2020.
A’s director of player development Ed Sprague Jr., complimented Barrera after the abbreviated campaign.
“Obviously, we wanted to see him get some more at-bats at the Triple-A level and go from there, but he's a fun, exciting player,” Sprague told MiLB.com’s Gerard Gilberto back in December.
Sprague added Barrera is a “triples machine,” in addition to being an above-average defensive outfielder.
MLB Pipeline has Barrera’s big league arrival set at 2021, so we might be able to see him relatively soon in green and gold. Expect him to make an impact both on and off the field. He’s going to be exciting to watch.