Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 40 | Run: 35 | Arm: 55 | Field: 60 | Overall: 45
Barrera showed enough promise to earn top-five-rounds consideration in the 2013 Draft even though he didn't begin catching full-time until the summer before his senior season at Sharyland (Texas) High School. He went undrafted and followed his commitment to Texas, where he was the regular catcher on the Longhorns' '14 College World Series team as a freshman. The Nationals made Barrera their sixth-round pick two years later and then saved money by signing him for below slot value. He's moved at a level-per-year pace through the Nats' system, finishing 2018 in the Carolina League before a stint in the Arizona Fall League.
There's a lot to like about Barrera's abilities as a catcher. He's athletic and moves well behind the plate, with agility and instincts that make him an advanced blocker and allow him to pounce on any balls put in play in the vicinity of the plate. Barrera can shut down the running game with his dynamic catch-and-throw skills and strong arm, a combination that helped him cut down attempted basestealers at an elite 49 percent clip in the Carolina League. He receives high praise for his receiving and framing, too, and his game-calling has improved as he's gained experience, making him a favorite among Nats pitchers and coaches.
Barrera lacks impact potential at the plate, but he has a solid track record of production, with a swing and approach that enable him to make consistent contact and occasionally tap into some of his pull-side raw power from the right side. The potential is there for Barrera to develop into a regular behind the plate, though not without him first making more improvements at the plate. That said, he's well on his way toward becoming a glove-first backup and could have a long career in such a role.
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