Jeremy Barfield: It Runs In The Family
When most baseball fans hear the last name “Barfield,” a few first names start to come to mind. Well, you can add another first name to the memory bank of Barfield’s. Sacramento River Cats / Oakland A’s outfielder, Jeremy Barfield, is no stranger to the baseball field. His father, Jesse Barfield, and his brother, Josh Barfield, both had established careers in the Major Leagues (Jesse played 12 years in the majors, spending 9 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and 3 with the New York Yankees, and Josh played 4 season in the majors, spending 3 seasons with the Cleveland Indians and 1 season with the San Diego Padres). Jeremy hopes he too can follow in there foot steps down a path that leads him to the big leagues.
Drafted in the 8th round by the A’s in the 2008 MLB Draft, Jeremy has been steadily making his rounds and climbing up through the A’s minor league system. In his six seasons in the minors, he has a career .266 BA, with 62 HRs, 348 RBIs, and a .738 OPS. Granted these numbers may sound pedestrian, but since being called-up to triple-A Sacramento, in his 9 games he has posted a .310 BA, with 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, and a .930 OPS (thru May 19th). This season, he has also started to show a better eye for the ball at the plate, having a 23:19 K/BB ratio through 35 games, split between double-A Midland and triple-A Sacramento, on pace to be the best ratio of his minor league career.
The one aspect of his game that needs improving is his power. Most ball clubs like there corner outfielders to be a source for power for them on offense, and Jeremy has yet to eclipse the 20 HR mark at any level in the minors, with his career high being 17 HRs in 2010 at high single-A Stockton. In an interview I did with Jeremy before the River Cats faced off against the New Orleans Zephyrs, triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlines, he told me that he is committed to working on his power game, as well as drawing advice and pointers on other aspects of his game from his father and brother.
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While you may not find Jeremy’s name on any of the notable top prospect list, there is always a need for good, power hitting outfielders on any team at any level. It’s always nice to have them stashed away in your back pocket for whenever the need shall arise. If Jeremy can keep working on his power and improving on his plate discipline, it may just be enough to get him a shot at the big leagues. And besides, it runs in the family.