The Angels recently agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Luis Barrera, according to his transactions log at MLB.com. He’ll receive an invite to big league camp, tweets Martín Gallegos of MLB.com.
Barrera, 27, has appeared in the big leagues with the division-rival A’s for the past two seasons. He’s gotten into 38 contests, compiling a .235/.290/.329 mark in 93 trips to the plate. Barrera was twice designated for assignment by Oakland this year, going unclaimed on waivers both times. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, hitting .263/.329/.436 over 348 plate appearances in an extremely hitter-friendly environment. Barrera only connected on eight home runs for the Aviators but he limited strikeouts to a solid 19.5% clip.
A 10-year minor league veteran, Barrera has drawn some attention from prospect evaluators for excellent speed. He has decent contact skills and enough athleticism to play all three outfield spots, though he’s worked primarily in the corners during his MLB time. The Dominican Republic native has a potential fourth/fifth outfield profile despite his modest power.
Barrera will compete for a depth role in Spring Training. The Halos have an outfield of Taylor Ward, Mike Trout and Hunter Renfroe. Former top prospects Mickey Moniak and Jo Adell presently project as the depth outfielders. If Barrera cracks the MLB mix at any point, he’d have to stick on the active roster or be made available to other clubs by virtue of his out-of-options status.