April 13, 2007

Minor League Tracker: Jeremy Barfield

Over at Baseball America, they give a little biography on Jeremy Barfield (Mets 9th round pick):

Barfield has excellent bloodlines. His father Jesse won an American League home run crown and two Gold Gloves with the Blue Jays in the 1980s, and his brother Josh is a rookie second baseman with the Padres. Jeremy had focused primarily on pitching before 2006. Though he's a 6-foot-6 lefthander, he had a low-80s fastball and just a fair curveball. Barfield has a lot more power in his bat than in his arm. His size gives him leverage to drive pitches, and he emerged as one of the best high school hitters in Texas. Barfield's bat will have to carry him, because his other tools don't stand out. He has below-average speed and arm strength, and he may have to move to first base as a pro. Scouts like his makeup and confidence, and his stock was rising as the draft approached. Though he's a good student, he wanted to turn pro.

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