Tres Barrera
Washington Nationals – No. 38
Catcher
Born: (1994-09-15) September 15, 1994 (age 27)
Eagle Pass, Texas
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 2019, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through 2021 season)
Batting average.258
Home runs2
Runs batted in10
Teams

Felipe "Tres" Barrera III (born September 15, 1994) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Early life and amateur career

Barrera was born in Eagle Pass, Texas and grew up there until his family moved to the Rio Grande Valley when he was ten years old. He attended Sharyland High School, where he played both football and baseball.[1] He played college baseball at the University of Texas. In 2014, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and returned to the league in 2015 to play for the Orleans Firebirds.[2][3] As a junior, Barrera was named honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference after batting .289 with six home runs, 17 doubles, 35 runs scored and 37 runs batted in.[4]

Professional career

Barrera with the Harrisburg Senators in 2019
Barrera with the Harrisburg Senators in 2019

Minor leagues

Barrera was drafted in the 6th round (184th overall) by the Washington Nationals in the 2016 MLB Draft.[5] After signing with the Nationals he was assigned to the Auburn Doubledays of Class A Short Season New York–Penn League, where he hit .244 with three home runs and 17 RBIs in 48 games.[6] He batted .278 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs and 28 runs scored in 67 games the following season for Hagerstown Suns of the Class A South Atlantic League, although his playing time was limited due to a broken finger on his throwing hand.[7] He spent the 2018 season with the Class A-Advanced Potomac Nationals, slashing .263/.334/.386 with six home runs, 36 runs scored and 24 driven in and was named a Carolina League All-Star. He was selected by the Nationals to play in the Arizona Fall League for Salt River Rafters after the end of the season. Barrera participated in 2019 spring training as a member of the Major League camp, but was assigned to the Double-A Harrisburg Senators for the season,[8] hitting .249/.323/.381/.704 with 8 home runs and 46 RBI.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals selected Barrera's contract on September 8, 2019.[9] He made his Major League debut on September 14, 2019 against the Atlanta Braves, lining out in a pinch-hit at bat.[10] Barrera played in two games with the Nationals in 2019, going hitless in two at-bats.[11] The Nationals finished with a 93-69 record in 2019, good enough to clinch a wild card spot. Barrera did not take part in any postseason action as the Nationals went on to win the World Series over the Houston Astros, their first in franchise history.[12]

On July 24, 2020, Barrera was suspended 80 games for testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. He appealed the decision and his suspension was reduced to the duration of the 2020 season, after which he was reinstated from the restricted list.[13]

On July 19, 2021, Barrera hit his first MLB home run for the Nationals, a solo blast off of former National and current Miami Marlins pitcher Ross Detwiler.

Personal

Barrera is of Mexican descent and is fluent in both English and Spanish.[14][15]

References

  1. ^ Calderon, Ricardo E. (June 2014). "Eagle Passan Tres Barrera heading to the NCAA Baseball College World Series". Eagle Pass Business Journal.
  2. ^ "#13 Tres Barrera - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "#20 Tres Barrera - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Wildstein, Max (June 16, 2016). "Texas Longhorns junior Tres Barrera signs deal with Washington Nationals". BurntOrangeNation.com. SB Nation. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  5. ^ Hummer, Chris (June 10, 2016). "Washington Nationals select Texas C Tres Barrera in MLB Draft". 247Sports.com. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Boss, Todd (November 1, 2016). "2016 Season Statistical review of the 2016 Draft Class". NationalsArmRace.com. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "Tres Barrera Minor & Winter Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Lusk, Lacy (March 6, 2019). "Tres Barrera Enjoys His First Big League Camp". Baseball America. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  9. ^ Ramos, Bryan (September 8, 2019). "Sharyland High alum Tres Barrera called-up by Washington Nationals". The Monitor. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  10. ^ Reddington, Patrick (September 14, 2019). "Washington Nationals lose 11th in last 15 with the Atlanta Braves, 10-1 final in D.C." FederalBaseball.com. SB Nation. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "Tres Barrera Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  12. ^ "Washington Nationals win 2019 World Series". MLB. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  13. ^ Zuckerman, Mark (October 9, 2020). "Four players clear waivers, come off 40-man roster". MASN Sports. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  14. ^ Houghtaling, Jeremy (July 28, 2016). "After being eased into lineup, catcher Tres Barrera finds ways to contribute for Auburn Doubledays". The Auburn Citizen. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  15. ^ Dougherty, Jesse (September 8, 2019). "Nationals call up Tres Barrera with catcher Kurt Suzuki feeling elbow pain". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 8, 2019.