Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
Jed Lowrie has homered in back-to-back games and is now batting .270/.329/.459 in 19 games in August, which only furthers Franklin Barreto's stay at Triple-A Nashville. Lowrie has been a won't-hurt-you fantasy middle infielder when healthy this year, but it's strange to see the Athletics still playing him regularly when they're already giving fairly regular playing time to youngsters Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Chad Pinder and Boog Powell. Barreto has batted .286/.325/.481 with six homers and six steals in 36 games since the Triple-A All-Star break, but it seems like his time to help the A's will have to wait until after Nashville's season ends on Sept. 4. Even then, there's no promise he'll get the majority of time at second base over Lowrie.