July 1, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former player Jesse Barfield takes batting practice before the game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics' prospect Jeremy Barfield converting to pitcher

Now that guy in the picture is not Jeremy Barfield, that happens to be his Father Jesse.

Jesse played for two teams and a combined 11 years between the two. He was drafted in the 1977 MLB Draft but didn’t debut with the Toronto Blue Jays until the 1981 season. He spent a couple seasons with them before he was traded in 1989 to the New York Yankees.

Before leaving the Majors to play in Japan, he spent Spring Training of 1994 with the Houston Astros. He then moved onto Japan where he played for one season.

He’s a two time Gold Glove winner in back to back years (’86-’87) and an American League home run champion in 1986.

Barfield has two boys who happen to be in the Major’s. Well they’re not necessarily at the Major League level just yet, but son Josh is currently a second baseman in the Baltimore Orioles farm system. His brother Jeremy is currently with the Oakland Athletics organization and is currently switching from outfield to pitching.

It’s a change that a lot of players have down in their careers if they don’t really get the feel of things or a team is too deep at that position.

Jeremy was arrested in 2006 for shoving his Father down some stairs. Little interesting fact for everybody.

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