Scouting Yankees Prospect #44: Manny Barreda

Barreda has electric stuff across the board

The New York Yankees selected RHP Manny Barreda in the 12th round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of Sahuarita High School in Arizona. Succumbing to Tommy John surgery back in 2008, it took him nearly three years to fully recover and he is once again showing the kind of stuff and potential to be a big league impact reliever.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Manny Barreda
Position: Pitcher
DOB: October 8, 1988
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

"I felt it was a great year overall," he said. "In actuality it was my first full season. I felt I showed some good things. I didn't have the numbers that I wanted to have but overall I felt it was a good season.."

Pitching in just 67 combined innings over the previous three seasons, he eclipsed that total by going 4-3 with 4.50 ERA in 74 innings and striking out 82 batters for the Charleston RiverDogs in 20011, and doing so while switching to the bullpen.

"I didn't sit out a day this whole year," he said proudly. "My arm felt great. There was a little fatigue towards the end but this year proved I could stay healthy.

"I started my first couple of years and I was always on a schedule when I was going to pitch. Not knowing when I was going to pitch, that was probably the hardest adjustment."

While shifting to the bullpen for the first time was an adjustment, it was in the relief role where his stuff really began to blossom.

"I think Manny put a little spotlight over himself this year," Charleston pitching coach Carlos Chantres said. "He touched 96-97 mph and this was the Manny Barreda that I had the first year in the GCL when he first signed.

"The fastball-changeup [combo] was outstanding, the slider was inconsistent but towards the end of the year he started getting it. I think that's what will accelerate him to the next level [of prospects], throwing three pitches for strikes in any count and where he wanted it."

Showing excellent fastball command all season long, while he showed flashes of a plus changeup and a plus slider at times, he didn't have consistent command of them until later in the season.

"I feel like my slider is my second best pitch now," Barreda told PinstripesPlus.com after Instructs. "My changeup was good and I struck out a bunch of guys up in Charleston, and it was because of my changeup. But now I have a slider.

"I feel like my slider – I just couldn't throw it. I was always pitching in some close games so I didn't throw my slider enough to develop it during the season.

"I had a slider for about a month and that was the month where I did well, and then I lost it again during the season. At Instructs I was forced to throw it everyday. I was forced to throw it no matter what. I bet I threw more sliders than fastballs at Instructs."

The slider he showed in Instructs was not only a plus big league slider, it was very consistent. And to many inside the Yankees organization, having that be a consistent weapon going forward is going to take his game to a whole different level.

"I feel like it's an amazing pitch," Barreda opined. " I feel like I can throw it in any count, which I did at Instructs. I'd throw it 0-0 or even behind in the count. I feel like it's a major confidence boost.

"My slider is a slider now. It's kind of like a cutter and before it was a slurve. It didn't have much bite to it. It was something that had some spin to it but didn't have a lot of movement. Now it's faster, has more bite to it, and it's a lot better."

He isn't the only one impressed with the new and improved breaking ball either and what the total package is starting to become.

"He likes to work everyday, he likes to get on the mound everyday and do something," Chantres added. "He's a great kid. I think if he continues this he can move up the ladder very quickly.

"Stay in the bullpen, stay within himself and not be so hard on himself, I think he's going to be fine."

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

2011

Charleston

4-3

0

74.0

67

49

82

4.50

2010

Charleston

1-0

0

7.1

8

5

7

0.00

2010

Staten Island

0-0

0

17.0

14

11

18

4.76

2009

Charleston

1-0

0

2.2

1

4

2

13.50

2009

GCL Yankees

0-0

2

23.1

10

7

25

1.93

2008

GCL Yankees

0-0

1

17.0

15

8

14

2.65

2007

GCL Yankees

5-0

1

39.0

30

15

44

3.00



Repertoire. Fastball, Slider, Changeup.

Fastball. Barreda had a big league fastball when he first entered the organization, sitting mostly in the 92-94 mph range as a starting pitcher, but he couldn't command it consistently. Rehabbing for as long as he did in his comeback bid from Tommy John surgery allowed him to harness better command and now that he is a reliever his fastball has bumped up to the 93-95 mph range with his four-seamer and tops out at 97 mph, and doing it with good command.

Other Pitches. Barreda's best secondary pitch for years was his changeup that gets great sink and fade to it, a pitch that could command very well, but now his best offspeed pitch is his hard-biting slider. Both pitches get excellent movement and both are big-time strikeout weapons. His slider had always had plus potential, even in his younger days, but the consistent command of it now has taken it to a completely different level.

Pitching. Barreda is a bit of rarity among power pitchers because of his ability to change speeds so effectively. He attacks batters with power fastballs and hard sliders, and just when opposing batters begin to catch up to his speed he has the kind of hard-diving changeup that will keep them honest. Extremely hard working and possessing great makeup, he is also the ideal teammate and coaches' favorite because of his go get'em attitude. Barreda is also very athletic for a pitcher, one who can hold runners close and field his position well.

Projection. With three plus pitches at his disposal, an ability to make adjustments, and makeup off the charts, Barreda projects to be an impact big league setup man and potentially even a closer if he can prove he has consistent command of all three pitches. He has only done that in shorts stints up to this point, however, mostly due to the huge amount of time lost during his rehab. Should he prove that consistent command of his entire arsenal day in and day out going forward, he has the chance to be a special reliever who could move very quickly.

ETA. 2013. Now completely healthy and building up some confidence to go with his stuff, he should move very quickly. He'll be in Tampa to start the 2012 season and it shouldn't be long before he's ready for Double-A Trenton.

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