Toronto Blue Jays prospect Franklin Barreto. Credit: MLB Prospect Portal
The 19-year-old shortstop from Venezuela was a well-known name in the 2012 international free agent class, and after signing with the Blue Jays he really put himself on the map with a solid debut in rookie ball last season. Franklin Barreto moved up to Low-A ball for a short-season this year, where he has continued to rake against much older competition – to the tune of an .832 OPS over 130 PA.
Although scouts have questioned whether or not he has the defensive prowess to stay at shortstop, there has been no denying his offensive abilities in the lower minors. He also grades out as having a plus speed tool, which has helped him steal 11 bases so far this season.
Currently, Barreto is on track to advance through the ranks right up to Lansing next year, which could make for a very interesting middle infield there if fellow shortstop Dawel Lugo does not advance to Dunedin. If Barreo continues to succeed while playing against older competition in Single A ball he will really see a boost in his prospect status, and potentially put himself in a position to be nominated to the Futures Game next season.