Pro Baseball: Joshua LaRoy Barfield, Lehigh Valley Ironpigs
Joshua LaRoy Barfield went 0 for 2 with one RBI in the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs's 6-2 loss to the Rochester Red Wings on Sunday. Barfield graduated from Klein High School.
Barfield is a 2001 graduate of Klein High School and a fourth-round selection (120th overall) of the San Diego Padres in the 2001 Major League Baseball draft. Barfield spent five seasons (2001 to 2005) in the Padres' organization. During 2003 at advanced single-A Lake Elsinore of the California League, Barfield batted .337 with 46 doubles, 16 home runs and 128 RBIs. He was named a Baseball America first-team minor league all star, a California League all star, California League MVP, high-A all-star, high-A player of the year, and San Diego's minor league player of the year. Barfield was San Diego's top rated prospect in 2004 and 2005 as determined by Baseball America. Barfield made his Major League debut with San Diego on April 3, 2006 and appeared in 150 games for the Padres that season hitting .280 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs. He was traded to Cleveland after the 2006 campaign and appeared in 130 games during 2007 with Cleveland batting .243 with three homers and 50 RBIs. He spent 2008 and 2009 in the Cleveland organization appearing in only 29 games over two years with the Indians while spending the bulk of his time with Triple-A Columbus of the International League. Barfield signed as a free agent with San Diego after the 2009 season, and he spent all of 2010 with Portland of the Pacific Coast League (Triple-A) hitting .294 with five home runs and 36 RBIs. Barfield is the son of MLB veteran Jesse Barfield and was born Dec. 17, 1982 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
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