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Tres Barrera
Trending: ↑ 54%
C | B/T: R/R | 6' 0" 215LBS | Age: 25

Draft: 2016 | Rd: 6, #184, Washington Nationals | Texas
MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
1 Season 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .000 0 0 0 .000
1 Season .000 0 0 0 .000

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2019 WSH NL 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2019 WSH NL 2 0 3 0 0 .000 0 0 0 5 2.500 .000 .000 .--- .000 .000 0

Scouting Report

2020

Barrera didn’t begin catching full-time until the summer before his senior year at Sharyland (Texas) High, but he showed enough promise in the role to garner consideration as a Day 2 pick in the 2013 Draft. He ended up honoring his commitment to Texas, where he was the regular catcher on the Longhorns' '14 College World Series team as a freshman. The Nationals made him their sixth-round pick in 2016 after Barrera’s junior year, and then watched him make a steady, level-per-year climb through their system. He turned in possibly his best offensive campaign to date at Double-A Harrisburg in 2019 and received his first big league callup in September.  

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’s strong arm and catch-and-throw skills help him control the running game, and he receives high praise for his receiving and framing. His game-calling has improved with experience, making him a favorite among Nats pitchers and coaches.

Though Barrera’s hitting ability lags well behind his defensive chops, he does have a compact swing and sound approach that allows him to make consistent contact and occasionally tap into some of his pull-side raw power. A lack of impact potential at the plate likely will keep Barrera from becoming an everyday player, but he could very well enjoy a long career as a glove-first backup in the big leagues. 



2019

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.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 50 | Run: 20 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

Barrera became a full-time catcher in the summer before his senior season at Sharyland (Texas) High School and showed enough promise to earn top-five-rounds consideration in the 2013 Draft, though he went unpicked because he was strongly committed to Texas. He was the regular catcher on the Longhorns' '14 College World Series team as a freshman before splitting time behind the plate while also seeing action at first and third base as a sophomore and junior. The Nationals made him their sixth-round pick in the '16 Draft, and then saved money by signing him for below slot value. He had a solid first full season in the Class A South Atlantic League and opened '18 at Class A Advanced Potomac.

Barrera's most impressive tool is his plus raw right-handed power, which he generates with a combination of bat speed and strength. The question is how much he'll be able to tap into that pop in pro ball because he often tries to do too much at the plate and pull every pitch out of the park. That said, Barrera has toned down his approach to handle pro pitching, showing improved contact skills and less swing-and-miss tendencies.

Texas played Barrera on the infield corners, more because of team need than any lack of ability at catcher. He's a bottom-of-the-scale runner but moves well enough behind the plate to remain there. His receiving and blocking skills have improved since entering the Nats' system, and he's continued to show a solid, accurate arm with sound catch-and-throw skills.


2017

Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 50 | Run: 20 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

Barrera became a full-time catcher in the summer before his senior season at Sharyland (Texas) High and showed enough promise to earn top-five-rounds consideration in the 2013 Draft, though he went unpicked because he was strongly committed to Texas. He was the regular catcher on the Longhorns' 2014 College World Series team as a freshman and has split time behind the plate the past two years while also seeing action at first and third base.

Barrera's most impressive tool is his plus raw right-handed power, which he generates with a combination of bat speed and strength. The question is how much he'll be able to tap into that pop in pro ball because he often tries to do too much at the plate and pull every pitch out of the park. He has hit .169 with wood bats in two summers in the Cape Cod League and will have to tone down his approach to handle pro pitching.

Texas has played Barrera on the infield corners more because of team need than any lack of ability at catcher. His receiving and blocking skills are fine, and he has a solid, accurate arm. Though he's a bottom-of-the-scale runner, he moves well enough behind the plate.


2016

Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 50 | Run: 20 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

Barrera became a full-time catcher in the summer before his senior season at Sharyland (Texas) High and showed enough promise to earn top-five-rounds consideration in the 2013 Draft, though he went unpicked because he was strongly committed to Texas. He was the regular catcher on the Longhorns' 2014 College World Series team as a freshman and has split time behind the plate the past two years while also seeing action at first and third base.

Barrera's most impressive tool is his plus raw right-handed power, which he generates with a combination of bat speed and strength. The question is how much he'll be able to tap into that pop in pro ball because he often tries to do too much at the plate and pull every pitch out of the park. He has hit .169 with wood bats in two summers in the Cape Cod League and will have to tone down his approach to handle pro pitching.

Texas has played Barrera on the infield corners more because of team need than any lack of ability at catcher. His receiving and blocking skills are fine, and he has a solid, accurate arm. Though he's a bottom-of-the-scale runner, he moves well enough behind the plate.



Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 5 2 0 0.0 67.8 24.5 50.0 .101 .122 .000 .095 .095 0.0 0.0 0.0
ALL 5 2 0 0.0 67.8 24.5 50.0 .101 .122 .000 .095 .095 0.0 0.0 0.0
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 33.1 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
03/26/2020 Washington Nationals optioned C Tres Barrera to Fresno Grizzlies.
10/31/2019 Washington Nationals activated C Tres Barrera.
10/01/2019 Washington Nationals reassigned C Tres Barrera to the minor leagues.
09/08/2019 Washington Nationals selected the contract of C Tres Barrera from Harrisburg Senators.
06/11/2019 Harrisburg Senators activated C Tres Barrera from the 7-day injured list.
06/02/2019 Harrisburg Senators placed C Tres Barrera on the 7-day injured list.
03/31/2019 C Tres Barrera assigned to Harrisburg Senators from Potomac Nationals.
02/12/2019 Washington Nationals invited non-roster C Tres Barrera to spring training.
04/04/2018 C Tres Barrera assigned to Potomac Nationals.
03/04/2018 C Tres Barrera assigned to Washington Nationals.
06/06/2017 Hagerstown Suns activated C Tres Barrera from the 7-day disabled list.
05/06/2017 Hagerstown Suns placed C Tres Barrera on the 7-day disabled list.
04/04/2017 C Tres Barrera assigned to Hagerstown Suns from Auburn Doubledays.
06/17/2016 Washington Nationals signed C Tres Barrera.
06/17/2016 C Tres Barrera assigned to Auburn Doubledays.