H/W: 5-11, 195 lbs
Acquired: Signed as minor league free agent (12/16)
Current Salary: Minor league contract
Team Control: 1 season MiLB (2017) / 6 seasons MLB
Combined WAR: (no MLB debut)
The Outfield Fly Ruling
Barreda spent 2016 playing with Tijuana in the Mexican League, where he was pretty successful, at one point pitching a 138-pitch no-hitter. It would be awfully fun to see this former Yankee and Brewers farmhand turn into a major league reliever, but while he has a history of strikeouts that make you think it could happen, his control issues make it a bit of a long shot. (- B. Blackwell, ’16-’17 offseason)
The OFR Scouting Report
Pitch Arsenal: n/a
Stamina – 20
Barreda is a reliever who hasn’t started a game in the minors since 2011.
Walk Avoidance – 30
Control for Barreda has always been spotty at best, and if you pitch him, you probably should be willing to accept the 5 walks per 9 innings that come along with him.
Strikeout Ability – 45 ↑↑↑↑
Uncle Ben taught us that with great power comes great responsibility. Similarly, with great (large) walk totals better come great strikeout totals, and Barreda has done that throughout his professional career. The current grade indicates some skepticism over a 28 year old Mexican League pitcher, but I have to think the possibility for Ks is there.
Groundball Induction – 35
Barreda is a couple years removed from reliable batted ball data, and prior to 2016, he was rarely consistent. He had flyball tendencies more than anything, but who knows what he’s learned over the last two years he spent in Tijuana. Going by some stories I’ve heard, I’m sure he learned a few things in Tijuana, but I’m not sure how much utility they’d have on a Major League mound.
20-80 scale, where 20 will prevent you from reaching the bigs, 30 is terrible, 40 is below average, 50 is MLB average, 60 is plus, 70 is plus-plus, and 80 is HOF-level. The OFR Scouting Report is based mostly on statistical forecasting models such as ZiPs, PECOTA, etc. Arrows indicate projected room for growth or decline, with each representing a 5 point movement on the 20-80 scale.
Mexican League no-hitter, 2016:
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