November 2, 2017 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Sugar Land Skeeters
SUGAR LAND, TX - The Boston Red Sox have re-signed former Skeeters All-Star, team MVP and 2016 Atlantic Player of the Year Jeremy Barfield, who joined the Red Sox organization last season after beginning the year with Sugar Land. The signing also includes an invite to Major League Spring Training as a non-roster player.
"Re-signing with the Red Sox has been amazing, especially since I've played ten seasons now and this will be my first major league spring training," said the Houston native, who was an integral part of helping the Skeeters win their first ever championship in 2016. "I couldn't have done it without going through the Atlantic League, especially playing for the Skeeters and getting the opportunity to show organizations what kind of player I am. What I took most out of my time in Sugar Land is making baseball fun again, and it's a lot easier to play well when you're enjoying what you're doing - and that's Skeeters baseball."
Last season after returning to Sugar Land, he began the 2017 campaign hitting .274 with nine home runs and 21 RBI in just 35 games before being signed by Boston. Barfield spent most of the year at Double-A Portland hitting .288 with 27 home runs, 21 doubles, 99 hits, 75 RBI and a slugging percentage of .584. Despite playing in just 99 of the team's 140 games, he was named the Portland Sea Dogs Team MVP after he finished first in the Eastern League in slugging percentage and second in the Eastern League in home runs. Barfield finished the season at Triple-A playing for Pawtucket for three games hitting .455 (5-11) with a home run and an RBI. Between Sugar Land, Portland and Pawtucket, he hit a combined .288 with 37 home runs and 97 RBI.
After initially joining the Skeeters for just 17 games in 2015, he had an immediate impact as Sugar Land won ten straight games during his brief stint that season. He would then play the entire season with Sugar Land in 2016, where he had the biggest year of his career and best in franchise history. Barfield set new team records that season in batting average (.306), home runs (27), total bases (272) and extra base hits (60). He also became the first Sugar Land player to win a home run crown and Atlantic League Player of Year. That season, Barfield also finished second in the Atlantic League in runs scored (87), third in RBI (85), fourth in slugging percentage (.533), walks (62), and hits (156), while finishing fifth in doubles (31).
Barfield was originally drafted out of Klein High School (Klein, TX) in 2006 by the New York Mets in the 9th round. However, he elected to go to San Jacinto College (Pasadena, TX) where he was drafted again two years later by the Oakland A's in the 8th round in 2008. After over a decade of playing professional ball, he is a .269 career hitter with 1,039 hits, 146 home runs, 602 RBI, 545 runs scored and 203 doubles in 1,086 games.
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About the Sugar Land Skeeters
The Skeeters play at Constellation Field, a state-of-the-art stadium located at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A in Sugar Land. The Skeeters are a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB ) and play 126 regular season games. The Skeeters Baseball Foundation promotes youth education and healthy activities lifestyles by providing support to culturally, racially and economically diverse areas of the community. For more information please call 281-240-4487 or visit sugarlandskeeters.com .
About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.