Luis Rafael Barrera was born on November 15, 1995, he is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Barrera was signed as an international free agent by the Oakland Athletics in 2012 for a $450,000 signing bonus. He opened the 2019 season back with Midland.
He 2013 and 2014 with the Dominican Summer League Athletics, hitting .190/.292/.389/.681 with 4 home runs and 20 RBI in 2013 and .130/.216/.130/.346 with 3 RBI in 2014.
He spent 2015 with the Arizona League Athletics, hitting .287/.344/.348/.692 with 0 home runs and 12 RBI. He split the 2016 season between the Vermont Lake Monsters and the Beloit Snappers, combining to hit .310/.361/.428/.789 with 3 home runs and 22 RBI.
The Athletics added him to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season. He spent the 2019 season back with Midland, hitting .321/.356/.513/.869 with 4 home runs and 24 RBI over 54 games.
Barrera’s season ended in late June after suffering multiple subluxation injuries during the year to his right shoulder. On September 8, the Athletics placed him on the 60-day injured list, in order to clear a roster spot.
Barrera did not play in a game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On May 18, 2021, Barrera was promoted to the major leagues for the first time. He made his MLB debut the next day as a pinch hitter for Ramón Laureano, striking out in his only at-bat. On May 27, Barrera was optioned down to Triple-A.
On April 11, 2022, Barrera was designated for assignment by the Athletics. On April 15, Barrera was sent outright to the Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators.
Luis has never divulged any information about his parents, he is a very private person who likes to keep his personal life away from media attention.