If he cracks the major league roster, the Oakland A’s could see a good deal of former outfielder Luis Barrera next season.
According to Martin Gallegos of MLB.com, Barrera has signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels. He will receive an invitation to spring training as well.
Luis Barrera getting fresh start with Los Angeles Angels
Barrera had gotten some attention during his time in the A’s system. His excellent speed, ability to play all three spots in the outfield, and strong contact skills made him a somewhat intriguing prospect. While his ceiling appeared to be that of a fourth outfielder, he appeared to have the skillset that could make him a viable major league option.
That has not been the case thus far. Barrera has mustered a disappointing .235/.290/.329 batting line with one homer and five doubles in his 93 plate appearances in the majors. He bounced back and forth on the 40 man roster last season as the A’s desperately looked for anything that could be major league caliber.
It is difficult to see where Barrera would crack the starting lineup with the Angels. When healthy, their outfield of Taylor Ward, Mike Trout, and Hunter Renfroe appears to be set. However, former top prospects Jo Adell and Mickey Moniak are vying for backup roles. If Barrera can have a strong showing in spring training, he could earn a role as one of the Angels’ backup outfielders.
That may be the chance that he needs. While Barrera has not impressed at the major league level thus far, he also has not had a consistent opportunity to prove himself. As he is 27 years old, it is possible that he can be a solid option for the Angels moving forward.
Former Oakland A’s outfielder Luis Barrera has found a new home. He could become a familiar sight as he signed with the Los Angeles Angels.