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 10 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 10 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 in 2006 by the New York Mets in the 9th round. However, he elected to go to San Jacinto College in Pasadena, 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.