LUIS BARRERA-OF, 6’0”, 185lb, L/L, 11/15/95, Tamboril, Dominican Republic
Luis Barrera is undoubtedly the best hitter in the Dominican Prospect League and probably all of Latin America. Luis was first discovered by notable trainer Juan “Quico” Pena in Santiago, DR. He broke into the DPL Cibao circuit last year where he showed superior hitting ability to counterparts, soon after he was sent to the Boca-Chica circuit where pitching is predominantly better, and all he did was HIT. Barrera was the MVP of the Louisville Slugger Tournament Series leading the Cibao team to the championship title. He is as competitive a player as they come; he plays the game with a lot of heart and always wants to win. He was a 2012 DPL All-Star and selected to the DPL Elite Travel Team. The Oakland A’s and Barrera reached an agreement for a contract value of $450,000.00 plus $8,000 college scholarship.
He has a mature, somewhat thick build with very good present strength and limited projection. His left handed swing is neither smooth nor easy, with big rotation and lots of moving parts and effort. But when you watch him hit over an extended period of games, it’s easy to notice that all he does is mash the ball. One MLB scout remarked, “He’s a pedigree hitting guy. Barrera’s other tools aren’t bad taken in context. He splits time between first base and right field and is a 7.14 runner. He throws 89 mph from the outfield.
Congratulations to the Oakland A’s, Juan “Quico Pena and the Barrera family!