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Josh Fields PAstros

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 28)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 3.91 1.38 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date8-19-1985
Height6' 0"
Weight190 lbs
Age29 years, 2 months, 3 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2011
2012
-0.12013
1.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2013 HOU 27 41 0 38.0 0.0 38.0 1 3 5 1 0 0 160 31 21 21 8 67 18 14 0 40 4.97 5.13 4.79 -0.6 -0.1
2014 HOU 28 54 0 54.7 0.0 54.7 4 6 4 5 0 0 231 50 29 27 2 70 17 14 2 70 4.45 2.12 2.70 11.2 1.2
Career95092.70.092.759960039181504810137352821104.663.353.5110.61.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2009 WTN AA 31 0 33.3 4.79 82 .300 .258 .337 .381 .268 .330 95 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2009 PEJ Wnt 11 0 11.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .179 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 WTN AA 21 0 28.7 4.09 108 .226 .256 .334 .374 .261 .253 99 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
2010 afw Wnt 1 0 1.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 PEJ Wnt 1 0 1.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 PEJ Wnt 9 0 11.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 PME AA 9 0 17.3 3.32 123 .237 .266 .335 .408 .280 .258 93 3.3 0.3 3.3 0.3
2011 WTN AA 20 0 26.0 5.03 106 .236 .268 .337 .411 .258 .258 111 2.5 0.3 2.5 0.3
2011 TAC AAA 9 0 13.0 6.59 91 .263 .288 .354 .470 .263 .257 106 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2012 PME AA 32 0 44.7 3.32 129 .208 .254 .315 .381 .252 .255 105 10.3 1.1 10.3 1.1
2012 PAW AAA 10 0 13.7 0.74 182 .151 .266 .329 .409 .258 .286 95 6.6 0.7 6.6 0.7
2012 AGU Wnt 8 0 6.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 HOU MLB 41 0 38.0 4.79 88 .278 .251 .317 .400 .265 .245 100 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2013 QUD A 2 1 4.0 1.90 159 .133 .264 .331 .398 .268 .200 101 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
2013 CCH AA 5 0 6.0 2.51 149 .214 .249 .320 .385 .255 .350 113 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2014 HOU MLB 54 0 54.7 2.70 135 .240 .256 .320 .400 .268 .343 101 11.2 1.2 11.2 1.2
2014 OKL AAA 3 0 3.0 3.34 133 .060 .278 .340 .389 .261 .000 97 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2009 WTN AA 2 2 1 31 0 33.3 33 22 36 2 42% .330 8.9 5.9 0.5 9.7 1.65 6.49 -0.0 -0.0
2009 PEJ Wnt 0 0 0 11 0 11.0 6 6 10 1 0% .179 4.9 4.9 0.8 8.2 1.09 1.64 0.0 0.0
2010 WTN AA 1 1 6 21 0 28.7 19 18 28 0 53% .253 6.0 5.6 0.0 8.8 1.29 3.14 2.8 0.3
2010 afw Wnt 0 0 0 1 0 1.3 1 2 1 0 0% .250 6.9 13.8 0.0 6.9 2.31 6.92 0.0 0.0
2010 PEJ Wnt 1 1 0 9 0 11.7 11 5 8 0 0% .282 8.5 3.8 0.0 6.2 1.37 3.08 0.0 0.0
2011 TAC AAA 0 0 0 9 0 13.0 11 13 13 2 38% .257 7.6 9.0 1.4 9.0 1.85 6.23 0.8 0.1
2011 PME AA 3 0 1 9 0 17.3 10 10 25 2 42% .258 5.2 5.2 1.0 13.0 1.15 3.12 3.3 0.3
2011 WTN AA 1 2 3 20 0 26.0 17 19 26 0 45% .258 5.9 6.6 0.0 9.0 1.38 2.77 2.5 0.3
2012 AGU Wnt 0 2 1 8 0 6.0 6 7 8 2 0% .286 9.0 10.5 3.0 12.0 2.17 12.00 0.0 0.0
2012 PAW AAA 1 0 4 10 0 13.7 8 2 19 0 36% .286 5.3 1.3 0.0 12.5 0.73 0.00 6.6 0.7
2012 PME AA 3 3 8 32 0 44.7 30 16 59 4 46% .255 6.0 3.2 0.8 11.9 1.03 2.62 10.3 1.1
2013 HOU MLB 1 3 5 41 0 38.0 31 18 40 8 38% .245 7.3 4.3 1.9 9.5 1.29 4.97 -0.6 -0.1
2013 QUD A 0 0 0 2 1 4.0 2 0 4 0 60% .200 4.5 0.0 0.0 9.0 0.50 0.00 1.5 0.2
2013 CCH AA 0 0 0 5 0 6.0 7 0 4 0 35% .350 10.5 0.0 0.0 6.0 1.17 3.00 1.9 0.2
2014 HOU MLB 4 6 4 54 0 54.7 50 17 70 2 33% .343 8.2 2.8 0.3 11.5 1.23 4.45 11.2 1.2
2014 OKL AAA 0 0 1 3 0 3.0 0 1 4 0 80% .000 0.0 3.0 0.0 12.0 0.33 0.00 0.6 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2013 624 0.4984 0.4389 0.7839 0.6045 0.2716 0.8936 0.5412 0.2161
2014 938 0.5384 0.4904 0.7587 0.6495 0.3048 0.8384 0.5606 0.2391
Career15620.52240.46980.76880.63150.29150.86050.55280.2299

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-15 2014-07-04 15-DL 19 17 Right Forearm Inflammation -
2013-04-04 2013-05-30 15-DL 56 50 Right Forearm Strain - -
2011-05-22 2011-06-15 Minors 24 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2010-06-11 2010-09-13 Minors 94 0 Right Forearm Soreness -
2009-08-07 2009-09-08 Minors 32 0 Not Disclosed -
2009-05-06 2009-05-28 Minors 22 0 Right Upper Arm Fatigue -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 HOU $506,500
2013 HOU $490,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$490,000
2011Current$506,500
2 yrPvs + Cur$996,500
2 yrTotal$996,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 0 d1 year/$0.5065M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5065M (2014). Re-signed by Houston 3/6/14.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2013). Selected by Houston from Boston in Rule 5 draft 12/6/12. Signed by Houston 3/13.
  • Acquired by Boston in trade from Seattle 7/31/11 (Erik Bedard deal).
  • Drafted by Seattle 2008 (1-20) (Georgia). $1.75M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 16 0 0 83.8 60 34 88 8 .249 1.12 2.84 3.08 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 14 0 0 76.8 59 33 81 8 .264 1.21 3.26 3.54 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 13 0 0 71.9 59 33 76 8 .275 1.28 3.58 3.89 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 13 0 0 67.8 58 33 72 8 .284 1.34 3.85 4.18 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 12 0 0 64.1 57 32 68 8 .293 1.40 4.11 4.47 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 11 0 0 60.5 57 32 64 7 .302 1.46 4.37 4.75 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 11 0 0 56.6 55 31 60 7 .311 1.53 4.66 5.07 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 10 0 0 52.3 54 30 55 7 .322 1.61 5.01 5.44 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 9 0 0 46.5 51 29 49 7 .338 1.73 5.50 5.97 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean00120063.55632677.2911.384.074.420.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
15% 21% 17% 25% 45%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20152921545047392453543.2841.333.814.147.44.610.11.00.5
20163021547050432356643.2901.333.814.147.84.210.11.10.5
20173121545048402353543.2841.313.684.007.54.39.90.90.5
20183221541044382147543.2861.343.844.187.84.39.61.00.4
20193321439041371943543.2901.353.934.278.14.19.41.10.3
20203421540043381945543.2901.343.784.118.04.09.51.10.4
20213521436038341640543.2901.323.824.158.13.89.51.20.4
20223621434036321638443.2911.333.794.128.04.09.51.00.4
20233721432034311535443.2921.353.834.168.24.09.31.10.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
3.81.13.54.62.72.715.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 83)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 91 Mike Zagurski 2011 5.40
2 91 Brandon Gomes 2013 6.98
3 90 Scott Maine 2013 0.00 DNP
4 89 Jim Hoey 2011 7.30
5 88 Carlos Guevara 2010 0.00 DNP
6 88 Brad Kilby 2011 0.00 DNP
7 87 Matt Daley 2010 4.24
8 87 Jason Anderson 2007 0.00 DNP
9 87 Marcus McBeth 2009 0.00 DNP
10 86 Blake Parker 2013 3.30
11 86 Jeff Stevens 2012 0.00 DNP
12 86 Anthony Varvaro 2013 3.07
13 86 Andy Cavazos 2009 0.00 DNP
14 86 Luis Perdomo 2012 4.24
15 85 Mitch Stetter 2009 3.80
16 85 John Gaub 2013 0.00 DNP
17 85 Jose Veras 2009 5.90
18 85 Josh Newman 2010 0.00 DNP
19 85 Josh Roenicke 2011 3.78
20 85 Ron Flores 2008 0.00 DNP
21 84 Will Harris 2013 2.91
22 84 Josh Lueke 2013 5.06
23 84 Kam Mickolio 2012 0.00 DNP
24 84 Brent Leach 2011 0.00 DNP
25 84 Kevin Barry 2007 22.50
26 84 Jim Miller 2010 0.00 DNP
27 84 Jay Buente 2012 0.00 DNP
28 84 R.J. Swindle 2012 0.00 DNP
29 84 Mark Worrell 2011 36.00
30 84 Chris Leroux 2012 7.15
31 84 Mike Adams 2007 0.00 DNP
32 84 Jeff Ridgway 2009 0.00 DNP
33 84 Billy Sadler 2010 0.00 DNP
34 84 Andrew Brown 2009 0.00 DNP
35 83 Clay Rapada 2009 5.40
36 83 Cesar Jimenez 2013 3.71
37 83 Jailen Peguero 2009 0.00 DNP
38 83 Leo Rosales 2009 4.76
39 83 Brad Salmon 2008 0.00 DNP
40 83 John Axford 2011 2.32
41 83 Jose Diaz 2012 0.00 DNP
42 83 Carlos Muniz 2009 0.00 DNP
43 82 Pedro Viola 2011 9.82
44 82 Chris Hatcher 2013 13.50
45 82 Joe Torres 2011 0.00 DNP
46 82 Victor Garate 2013 0.00 DNP
47 82 Stuart Pomeranz 2013 0.00 DNP
48 82 Zach Simons 2013 0.00 DNP
49 82 Michael Wuertz 2007 3.73
50 82 Justin Hedrick 2010 0.00 DNP
51 82 Mike Dunn 2013 2.79
52 82 John Lujan 2012 0.00 DNP
53 82 Joe Bisenius 2011 0.00 DNP
54 82 Clint Everts 2013 0.00 DNP
55 82 Steve Colyer 2007 4.91
56 82 Clay Zavada 2012 0.00 DNP
57 82 Chris Schroder 2007 3.38
58 82 Jason Motte 2010 2.06
59 82 Robert Coello 2013 3.71
60 82 Neil Wagner 2012 0.00 DNP
61 81 Andrew Sisco 2011 0.00 DNP
62 81 Jason Ray 2013 0.00 DNP
63 81 Devon Lowery 2011 0.00 DNP
64 81 Josh Schmidt 2011 0.00 DNP
65 81 Anthony Slama 2012 0.00 DNP
66 81 Atahualpa Severino 2013 0.00 DNP
67 80 Zech Zinicola 2013 0.00 DNP
68 80 Jesse Carlson 2009 4.92
69 80 Francisco Felix 2012 0.00 DNP
70 80 Robert Hinton 2013 0.00 DNP
71 80 Justin Dowdy 2012 0.00 DNP
72 80 Carlos Fisher 2011 5.62
73 80 Steven Jackson 2010 8.74
74 80 Rich Thompson 2013 0.00 DNP
75 80 John Ennis 2008 0.00 DNP
76 80 Corey Madden 2012 0.00 DNP
77 80 Dane De La Rosa 2011 9.82
78 80 David Johnson 2011 0.00 DNP
79 80 Jon Huber 2010 0.00 DNP
80 80 Carlos Martinez 2010 0.00 DNP
81 80 Nelson Payano 2011 0.00 DNP
82 80 Pat Venditte 2013 0.00 DNP
83 80 Ryan Houston 2008 0.00 DNP
84 80 Francis Beltran 2008 4.85
85 80 Mike Bumatay 2008 0.00 DNP
86 80 Brandon Kintzler 2013 3.04
87 80 Barret Browning 2013 0.00 DNP
88 80 Fernando Hernandez 2013 0.00 DNP
89 80 Jon Meloan 2013 0.00 DNP
90 80 Alex Hinshaw 2011 0.00 DNP
91 80 Dewon Day 2009 0.00 DNP
92 79 Jose Valdez 2011 9.00
93 79 Derrick Loop 2012 0.00 DNP
94 79 Franklyn German 2008 2.08
95 79 John Hudgins 2010 0.00 DNP
96 79 Romulo Sanchez 2012 0.00 DNP
97 79 Mike Benacka 2011 0.00 DNP
98 79 Santiago Ramirez 2007 0.00 DNP
99 79 Greg Atencio 2010 0.00 DNP
100 79 Tony Watson 2013 2.39

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .246 .343 .541 .313
11 vs R (Multi) .200 .281 .425 .242
18 Split (Multi) .046 .062 .116 .071
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .246 .343 .541 .313
31 vs R (2013) .200 .281 .425 .242
38 Split (2013) .046 .062 .116 .071
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Fields was expected to be a quick-to-the-majors pick as a first-round reliever in the 2008 draft. Drafted again as a Rule 5 pick from the Red Sox, he's likely to bring his upper-90s heat and knee-buckling curve to the majors this year. The Astros coaching staff will work on release point consistency to help keep his walk rate at an acceptable level, as it was—for the first time—last year.
2011 Josh Fields qualifies as a cautionary tale about using one’s first-round pick on a college closer. The righty revamped his mechanics in his second season at Double-A, but his ERA improvement was all BABIP. A forearm strain shut him down in June, but he recovered in time for a decent showing in the Arizona Fall League.
2010 After not signing with the Braves in 2007 and holding out after Seattle selected him in 2008, Fields entered the year as a 23-year-old with no pro experience, albeit one who could boast a mid-90s heater and wipeout slider. Because of the stuff, he looked as if he could move up quickly. Instead, mechanics that had initially graded out as "poor" deteriorated to "horror movie," resulting in the disturbing combination of less velocity and worse command. He seemed to get a bit of his promise back in the Arizona Fall League, but for now, he's a big disappointment.

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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

A Collaboration between BrooksBaseball.net and Baseball Prospectus - Pitch classifications provided by Pitch Info LLC


Josh Fields has thrown 1,890 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Cutter (95mph) and Curve (80mph), also mixing in a Change (79mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (96mph).