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Joshua LaRoy "Josh" Barfield (born December 17, 1982, in Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela) is a second baseman for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball.[1] He is the son of former major league outfielder Jesse Barfield. Josh was born in Venezuela during his mother's two-week winterball visit with his father.[2] He attended Klein High School in Harris County, Texas[3] and holds the District 5 single season home run record.

Barfield was drafted in the fourth round of the 2001 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres.[4] In 2004[5] and 2005[6], Baseball America listed him as the Padres' number one prospect. In 2006, he fell to third in the organization behind pitcher Cesar Carrillo and catcher George Kottaras.

Barfield made his major league debut April 3, 2006 and collected his first career hit. His first major league home run came April 17, 2006 at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies, a 431-foot solo shot to left-center field, off Jeff Francis.

On September 4, 2006 against the Colorado Rockies in PETCO Park, Barfield hit a walk-off home run, a three-run home run off Brian Fuentes that gave the Padres a 7-5 victory. He claimed that he had not hit a walk-off home run at any level of baseball prior to that.

On November 8, 2006, Barfield was traded to Cleveland for third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and pitcher Andrew Brown.

In 2007, he had the lowest fielding percentage (.975) of all major league second basemen who qualified as a league leader [7]. Barfield began the 2007 season as the Indians everyday second basemen but in August, after poor hitting, lost the job to Asdrubal Cabrera. He finished 2007 with a .243 batting average, 3 home runs, and 53 RBI. Barfield entered Spring Training in 2008 as a utility player hopeful, but was ultimately optioned to Triple A Buffalo.

Barfield was called up by Cleveland on June 9, 2008 to replace Cabrera, who was hitting a team low .184. At the time of his call-up, Barfield had an average of .255 with 5 homers and 21 RBI, respectively, for Buffalo. In his second game after being called up, he sprained a finger and was placed on the disabled list on June 12, 2008.

His younger brother Jeremy Barfield was drafted by the Oakland Athletics on June 5, 2008 in the 8th round.

See also


  1. Player Profile: Josh Barfield. Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  2. Born to The Show. The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved on 2008-03-12.
  3. Player Profile: Josh Barfield. Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  4. Josh Barfield Statistics. The Baseball Cube. Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  5. Callis, Jim. Top Ten Prospects: San Diego Padres. Baseball America. Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  6. Goldstein, Kevin. Top Ten Prospects: San Diego Padres. Baseball America. Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  7. MLB Player Fielding Stats: 2007. Retrieved on 2007-11-03.

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