Since May 1, no prospect in the Oakland A's system has been hotter than shortstop Franklin Barreto. The only thing that has slowed him down has been a bad hop groundball. Unfortunately, that grounder could cost Barreto the rest of the regular season.
The Stockton Ports' shortstop was diagnosed with a severe bone bruise on his left wrist. Barreto will have the wrist in a splint for at least three weeks. With only five weeks left in the 2015 regular season, Barreto may not be back on the field before the end of the year.
The injury is a big blow to the Ports and to Barreto, who had recovered from a brutal April to post a .298/.329/.492 line with 12 homers and 22 doubles in 88 games. Barreto suffered the injury early last week when a hard-hit groundball took a bad hop and struck him in the wrist.
Barreto was in the middle of his best month of the year when the injury sidelined him. In 19 games July games, he was hitting .375/.393/.700 with six homeruns. He had only two hitless games all month. Barreto, 19, was acquired by the A's in the Josh Donaldson trade this off-season. He entered the season as the A's second-best prospect and he is a strong candidate to be the A's top prospect going into 2016.