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Joshua LaRoy Barfield

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Second baseman Josh Barfield, the son of Jesse Barfield and brother of minor leaguer Jeremy Barfield, was selected by the San Diego Padres in the fourth round of the 2001 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Jimmy Dreyer for $400,000 and began his career with the Idaho Falls Braves, hitting .310/.350/.437. Promoted to the Fort Wayne Wizards the next year, he batted .308/.340/.403 with 105 strikeouts, just 26 walks and 26 steals in 129 games; he was sixth in the Midwest League in average. With the high-A Lake Elsinore Storm, he only was 2 for 23 at the plate (.087/.087/.120).

Returning to Lake Elsinore in 2003, he hit .337/.389/.530 with 16 homers, 16 steals in 20 tries, 99 runs, 46 doubles and 128 RBIs, and was named the California League MVP. His walk total improved to 50, though he still whiffed 122 times. He was second to Greg Jacobs in average and led the league in hits (185), total bases (291), extra-base hits (68), doubles (tied with Jayson Nix for the lead) and RBI. After two years of missing All-Star teams due to Scott Hairston, he finally made one.

In 2004, Barfield moved up to the Mobile Bay Bears but slipped to .248/.313/.417 with just four steals, though he still clubbed 18 homers and his 90 RBI led the Southern League. The next season, Josh batted .310/.365/.476 for the Portland Beavers; he cut his strikeouts to 70 in 433 AB, homered 12 times and stole 27 bases.

Barfield made the major leagues in 2006. As the Padres regular second baseman, he hit .280/.318/.423 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs and stole 21 bases in 26 tries. After his rookie year, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians for infielder Kevin Kouzmanoff and reliever Andrew Brown.

David Wells played with both Josh and Jesse Barfield.

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