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July 29, 2013

Painting the Black

The Mid-Season Unknowns

by R.J. Anderson


Doug Bernier
Team: Twins
Position: Infielder

One of the better perseverance stories in the majors this season. Bernier is a 33-year-old rookie who entered 2013 with four big-league plate appearances, those coming in 2008 as a member of the Rockies. He's spent the time since playing for various Triple-A affiliates, trying to reach the show again and record his first career hit. The Twins gave Bernier the chance last week and he took advantage, doubling down the left-field line against Joe Blanton.

Jose De La Torre
Team: Red Sox
Position: RHRP

De La Torre started the year by impressing with Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Once the season began he worked his way into the majors, and has made a few appearances since. A small right-hander with a varied arsenal, De La Torre throws the standard two low-90s fastballs along with a slider and changeup. He's missed bats and the zone alike so far. Given that he's 27 it's fair to wonder if he'll ever control the ball well enough to stick in middle relief. Otherwise he'll find himself in an up-and-down capacity.

Tommy Field
Team: Angels
Position: Infielder

There were plenty of things working against Field reaching the majors. For one he's short, either 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-10, depending on the source. For another he was a 24th-round pick. Field played well enough to force his way into 18 games with the Rockies over the past two seasons, yet he was placed on waivers this winter and claimed by the Twins. A few weeks later the Angels snatched him off waivers and he's recently returned to the majors. There's a chance he latches on as a utility infielder; if so, expect the Eckstein comparisons to roll in.

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