Photo by Kimberly Contreras

Oakland A's MLN: Franklin Barreto's big day

Franklin Barreto broke out of a "slump" in the Arizona Fall League, and the Oakland A's re-signed two more minor league free agents.

Barreto breaks out

Mired in a mini-slump to start the Arizona Fall League season, Franklin Barreto had a day to remember on offense in Mesa's 6-3 win over the Scottsdale Scorpions. Barreto reached base all five times he came to the plate on Tuesday, raising his average from .148 to .333 in the process. Barreto had four hits and one walk, including his first extra-base hit of the AFL season, an opposite field, two-run double off of Yankees prospect James Kaprielian.

Barreto didn't just produce with his bat. The 20-year-old shortstop stole two bases after singling in the first inning, including a swipe of home to score Mesa's first run. OaklandClubhouse's Arizona Correspondent Kimberly Contreras was at the game and filmed Barreto's swipe of home (see below).

Barreto hit .284/.342/.422 in a career-high 124 games for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville this season. He also had eight hits -- including six extra-base hits -- in 19 post-season at-bats for the Sounds.

Fellow A's prospects Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock also contributed to the Solar Sox's second win of the season. Munoz had a single and scored a run and Schrock had an RBI groundout.

A's re-sign two more free agents

The Oakland A's re-signed two more of their minor league free agents, bringing back pitchers Ryan Brasier and Chris Smith for the 2017 season. Both Brasier and Smith will be non-roster invitees to the A's big league spring training camp. Brasier joined the A's as a minor league free agent during the second half of the 2015 season and re-signed with Oakland after that season. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and threw only seven innings in 2015. In 2016, Brasier was healthy and effective for the Nashville Sounds. In 60.2 innings (all in relief), he had a 3.56 ERA and a 70:19 K:BB. He held opposing batters to a .226 average and allowed just six homeruns. Brasier is a hard thrower who can touch 96 with his fastball.

Smith signed a minor league deal with the A's before the 2016 season. The veteran right-hander made 22 starts for Nashville, posting a 3.93 ERA in 130.2 innings. He had a 121:45 K:BB. Smith finished tied for fifth in the Pacific Coast League in strike-outs and he might have led the league in that category had he finished the season with Nashville. Instead, Smith spent the final month of the minor league season and all of September on the A's roster. Serving in a long relief role, Smith performed admirably for the A's, posting a 2.92 ERA and striking out 29 in 24.2 innings. Big league hitters batted just .165 against him. He did walk 13 but had a 1.09 WHIP. It was Smith's first time back in the big leagues since 2010 when he pitched in three games for the Milwaukee Brewers. Smith was designated for assignment after the season but cleared waivers and elected free agency. The 2017 season will mark his 15th in professional baseball.

The A's have now re-signed five of their minor league free agents. Brandon MannCarlos Navas and Viosergy Rosa are the other three who re-upped with Oakland.

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