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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 31)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .250 6 26 28 4 .251 0.1
Birth Date12-14-1982
Height6' 2"
Weight225 lbs
Age31 years, 10 months, 11 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.22010
2011
2012
2013
0.12014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 CHA 23 11 25 20 4 3 2 0 1 8 5 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 .150 .320 .400 .238 -0.6 0.6 0.0
2007 CHA 24 100 418 373 54 91 17 1 23 179 35 125 1 3 6 67 1 1 .244 .308 .480 .261 14.0 0.6 1.4
2008 CHA 25 14 35 32 3 5 1 0 0 6 3 17 0 0 0 2 0 0 .156 .229 .188 .162 -2.2 -0.0 -0.2
2009 CHA 26 79 268 239 29 53 5 2 7 83 25 76 2 0 2 30 2 3 .222 .301 .347 .221 -2.3 1.1 -0.1
2010 KCA 27 13 50 49 5 15 0 0 3 24 1 9 0 0 0 6 0 0 .306 .320 .490 .264 2.0 -0.1 0.2
Career21779671395167253343006923533810734.234.303.421.24211.02.31.3

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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2004 WNS A+ 66 279 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .377 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BIR AA 134 560 .283 .267 .340 .397 .268 .317 89 9.9 11.7 1.4 -3.0 0.6 23.2 2.1 23.2 2.1
2006 CHA MLB 11 25 .238 .273 .336 .424 .256 .182 108 -0.6 0.8 0 0.6 -0.0 -0.6 0.0 -0.6 0.0
2006 CHR AAA 124 526 .303 .260 .326 .394 .259 .392 99 22.9 14.3 1.4 -11.1 0.5 40.0 2.9 40.0 2.9
2007 CHA MLB 100 418 .261 .274 .335 .427 .263 .298 103 0.3 12.4 0.7 0.6 -1.8 14.0 1.4 14.0 1.4
2007 CHR AAA 56 249 .331 .257 .328 .396 .259 .356 96 18.3 7.0 1.1 -2.6 -2.4 24.3 2.1 24.3 2.1
2008 CHA MLB 14 35 .162 .273 .331 .431 .263 .333 100 -3.7 1.0 0 -0.0 0.4 -2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2
2008 WNS A+ 4 14 .349 .269 .320 .412 .255 .429 107 1.4 0.4 0 0.1 -1.1 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2008 CHR AAA 75 318 .265 .266 .330 .411 .264 .343 92 1.8 9.4 -0.3 -2.4 -3.0 8.4 0.6 8.4 0.6
2009 CHA MLB 79 268 .221 .267 .335 .428 .262 .295 106 -11.1 7.7 -0.4 1.1 -0.5 -2.3 -0.1 -2.3 -0.1
2009 CHR AAA 27 114 .267 .264 .325 .401 .248 .288 107 0.9 3.3 0.3 -0.5 -2.0 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2010 KCA MLB 13 50 .264 .267 .323 .409 .253 .324 113 0.2 1.4 0.2 -0.1 0.3 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2010 NWA AA 11 41 .353 .269 .336 .406 .262 .486 115 4.1 1.2 0 -0.6 0.3 5.9 0.5 5.9 0.5
2010 ROY Rk 3 13 .448 .264 .333 .376 .278 .500 93 2.5 0.5 -0.3 0.0 0.4 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3
2011 CSP AAA 50 203 .303 .284 .353 .449 .262 .406 131 10.4 6.3 -1.3 -1.7 1.9 15.6 1.3 15.6 1.3
2012 ABQ AAA 133 561 .276 .277 .339 .427 .270 .394 116 9.9 16.6 -2.8 -2.1 -1.7 20.5 1.8 21.3 1.9
2013 LEH AAA 109 411 .257 .261 .329 .396 .258 .395 101 -1.1 11.7 -5.8 0.1 -3.3 3.4 0.4 3.4 0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 WNS A+ 279 36 73 12 4 7 39 18 74 0 0 .285 .337 .445 .160 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BIR AA 560 76 120 27 0 16 79 55 142 7 6 .252 .339 .409 .157 .283 23.2 -3.0 2.1
2006 CHR AAA 526 85 141 32 4 19 70 54 136 28 5 .305 .379 .515 .210 .303 40.0 -11.1 2.9
2006 CHA MLB 25 4 3 2 0 1 2 5 8 0 0 .150 .320 .400 .250 .238 -0.6 0.6 0.0
2007 CHR AAA 249 28 58 14 0 10 37 39 60 8 5 .283 .400 .498 .215 .331 24.3 -2.6 2.1
2007 CHA MLB 418 54 91 17 1 23 67 35 125 1 1 .244 .308 .480 .236 .261 14.0 0.6 1.4
2008 CHA MLB 35 3 5 1 0 0 2 3 17 0 0 .156 .229 .188 .031 .162 -2.2 -0.0 -0.2
2008 CHR AAA 318 41 68 15 3 10 35 37 98 8 2 .246 .341 .431 .185 .265 8.4 -2.4 0.6
2008 WNS A+ 14 1 3 1 0 0 1 5 2 0 1 .333 .571 .444 .111 .349 1.0 0.1 0.1
2009 CHR AAA 114 15 26 5 0 5 13 13 22 1 2 .265 .351 .469 .204 .267 2.0 -0.5 0.2
2009 CHA MLB 268 29 53 5 2 7 30 25 76 2 3 .222 .301 .347 .126 .221 -2.3 1.1 -0.1
2010 KCA MLB 50 5 15 0 0 3 6 1 9 0 0 .306 .320 .490 .184 .264 2.0 -0.1 0.2
2010 ROY Rk 13 2 4 1 1 0 4 3 2 0 0 .400 .538 .700 .300 .448 3.1 0.0 0.3
2010 NWA AA 41 10 17 8 0 0 9 1 4 1 0 .436 .450 .641 .205 .353 5.9 -0.6 0.5
2011 CSP AAA 203 53 65 20 1 11 45 20 37 7 0 .365 .429 .674 .309 .303 15.6 -1.7 1.3
2012 ABQ AAA 561 96 158 32 5 13 71 59 116 9 4 .322 .392 .488 .165 .276 21.3 -2.1 1.9
2013 LEH AAA 411 43 109 26 3 4 45 28 110 10 3 .289 .337 .406 .117 .257 3.4 0.1 0.4

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
2008 158 0.5759 0.3861 0.7377 0.5385 0.1791 0.7755 0.5833 0.2623
2009 1043 0.5292 0.4774 0.6962 0.6612 0.2688 0.7479 0.5530 0.2998
2010 192 0.4531 0.5260 0.8020 0.7011 0.3810 0.8525 0.7250 0.1980
Career13930.5240.47370.71550.65280.27410.76540.58010.2815

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-03-28 2010-09-01 60-DL 157 132 Right Hip Surgery Labrum 2010-04-27
2010-03-03 2010-03-06 Camp 3 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2009-05-04 2009-05-05 DTD 1 1 Left Hand Contusion HBP -
2009-03-25 2009-03-25 Camp 0 0 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2008-10-09 2008-10-09 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Debridement 2008-10-09
2008-06-18 - Minors - - Right Knee Strain -
2008-05-07 - Minors - - Right Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendinitis -
2008-03-20 2008-03-25 Camp 5 0 Left Wrist Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 KCA $422,000
2009 CHA $410,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$832,000
2 yrTotal$832,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 159 d1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 11/16/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/4/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 12/18/10 (minor-league contract). $0.75M salary in majors. Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 350, 380 PAs
  • $50,000 each for 410, 440, 470, 500 PAs. Acquired by Colorado in trade from Pittsburgh 3/28/11. Released by Colorado, signed by Yomiuri Giants of Japan 6/28/11.
  • 1 year/$0.422M (2010). Signed by Kansas City 2/25/10. Non-tendered by Kansas City 12/2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2009). Re-signed by White Sox 2/24/09. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Chicago White Sox 11/6/09 (Teahen deal) (Royals paid White Sox $1M as part of deal).
  • 1 year (2008). Renewed by White Sox 3/2/08
  • 1 year (2007)
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Chicago White Sox 9/06.
  • drafted by White Sox 2004 (1-18) (Oklahoma State) $1.55M signing bonus

2014 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 513 64 134 27 2 15 62 43 129 9 3 .292 .353 .458 .290 23.5 3B -1, 1B -2 2.3
80o 491 59 122 25 2 13 57 39 127 8 3 .277 .336 .434 .276 16.0 3B -1, 1B -2 1.5
70o 476 55 115 23 2 13 53 37 125 8 2 .266 .324 .417 .266 11.0 3B -1, 1B -1 0.9
60o 462 52 108 22 2 12 50 34 124 7 2 .257 .314 .403 .257 6.9 3B -1, 1B -1 0.5
50o 450 49 101 20 2 11 48 33 122 7 2 .249 .304 .389 .249 3.3 3B -1, 1B -1 0.1
40o 438 46 96 19 2 11 45 31 120 6 2 .240 .294 .376 .242 -0.1 3B -1, 1B -1 -0.2
30o 424 44 90 18 2 10 42 29 118 6 2 .231 .284 .361 .233 -3.6 3B -1, 1B -1 -0.6
20o 409 40 83 17 1 9 39 26 116 5 2 .220 .272 .345 .223 -7.4 3B -1, 1B -1 -1.0
10o 387 36 73 15 1 8 35 23 112 5 2 .206 .255 .322 .209 -12.1 3B 0, 1B -1 -1.5
Weighted Mean4565010421211493312372.252.308.395.2534.93B -1, 1B -10.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
4% 11% 6% 15% 25%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201532250285411162620713.237.302.370.2450.33.8-0.2-1.613.9-8.2-1.2
201633250275311152520703.234.298.360.2410.11.7-0.2-1.714.9-11.3-1.2
2017343524075141837281003.237.301.369.2450.12.8-0.5-2.514.9-9.1-1.8
201835624681322621463481784.232.294.356.239-0.7-3.5-1.2-4.614.9-12.6-3.1
201936622661282521260501783.228.292.344.234-1.1-6.7-1.3-4.814.9-15.6-3.1
202037584611192321155451691.225.288.339.230-1.3-8.6-1.3-4.714.9-17.6-2.9
2021383513670131632271020.222.284.331.227-1.1-8.6-0.8-2.914.9-19.9-1.8
202239609611202321055451810.217.277.322.221-2.0-15.0-1.4-5.214.9-23.4-3.0
202340588601172221053441700.220.280.326.223-1.8-13.5-1.3-5.214.9-22.0-2.9

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
0.5out of baseball0.11.91.20.83.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 85 Ryan Shealy 2011 .000 DNP
2 85 Todd Sears 2007 .000 DNP
3 85 Chris Shelton 2011 .000 DNP
4 84 Paul McAnulty 2012 .000 DNP
5 83 Randy Ruiz 2009 .315
6 83 Kevin Barker 2007 .000 DNP
7 82 Brian Myrow 2008 .195
8 81 Mark Saccomanno 2011 .000 DNP
9 81 Luis Terrero 2011 .000 DNP
10 80 Brooks Conrad 2011 .266
11 80 George Lombard 2007 .000 DNP
12 80 Oscar Salazar 2009 .282
13 80 Micah Hoffpauir 2011 .000 DNP
14 80 Dee Brown 2009 .000 DNP
15 79 Michael Ryan 2009 .000 DNP
16 79 Andy Phillips 2008 .240
17 79 Joe Borchard 2010 .000 DNP
18 79 Hiram Bocachica 2007 .246
19 79 Abraham Nunez 2008 .000 DNP
20 78 Eric Crozier 2010 .000 DNP
21 78 Kevin Witt 2007 .000 DNP
22 78 Mike Rivera 2008 .269
23 77 Tagg Bozied 2011 .000 DNP
24 77 Earl Snyder 2007 .000 DNP
25 77 Dewayne Wise 2009 .216
26 77 Jason Repko 2012 .073
27 77 Darnell McDonald 2010 .259
28 77 Doug Deeds 2012 .000 DNP
29 77 Hector Luna 2011 .000 DNP
30 77 Jeff Bailey 2010 .000 DNP
31 76 Jason Botts 2012 .000 DNP
32 76 John Lindsey 2008 .000 DNP
33 76 Luis Antonio Jimenez 2013 .000 DNP
34 76 Mike Hollimon 2013 .000 DNP
35 76 Terry Evans 2013 .000 DNP
36 76 Mike Jacobs 2012 .228
37 76 Michel Abreu 2010 .000 DNP
38 75 Cory Aldridge 2010 .162
39 75 Steve Torrealba 2009 .000 DNP
40 75 Val Majewski 2012 .000 DNP
41 74 Matt Carson 2013 .562
42 74 Erik Kratz 2011 .300
43 74 Brandon Larson 2007 .000 DNP
44 74 Justin Leone 2008 .000 DNP
45 74 Josh Phelps 2009 .000 DNP
46 74 Mike Cervenak 2008 .133
47 74 John Rodriguez 2009 .000 DNP
48 74 Nick Gorneault 2010 .000 DNP
49 74 Ricardo Nanita 2012 .000 DNP
50 74 Jason Dubois 2010 .000 DNP
51 73 Brian Barden 2012 .000 DNP
52 73 Greg Jacobs 2008 .000 DNP
53 73 Corey Smith 2013 .000 DNP
54 73 Chase Lambin 2011 .000 DNP
55 73 Brandon Harper 2007 .000 DNP
56 73 Guillermo Quiroz 2013 .190
57 73 Barbaro Canizares 2011 .000 DNP
58 73 Andres Torres 2009 .308
59 73 Seth Bynum 2012 .000 DNP
60 73 Jon Knott 2010 .000 DNP
61 73 Bobby Scales 2009 .241
62 73 Michael Restovich 2010 .000 DNP
63 73 Jeff Salazar 2012 .000 DNP
64 73 Mike Rose 2008 .000 DNP
65 72 Lou Montanez 2013 .000 DNP
66 72 Dusty Brown 2013 .000 DNP
67 72 Robby Hammock 2008 .194
68 72 Edgar Gonzalez 2009 .250
69 72 Cody Ransom 2007 .283
70 72 Mark Teahen 2013 .000 DNP
71 72 Javier Colina 2010 .000 DNP
72 72 Valentino Pascucci 2010 .000 DNP
73 72 Eugenio Velez 2013 .000 DNP
74 72 Leslie Anderson 2013 .000 DNP
75 72 Ross Gload 2007 .261
76 71 Ed Lucas 2013 .243
77 71 Justin Ruggiano 2013 .253
78 71 Eric Riggs 2008 .000 DNP
79 71 Doug Clark 2007 .000 DNP
80 71 Robb Quinlan 2008 .225
81 71 Brad Snyder 2013 .000 DNP
82 71 Jack Hannahan 2011 .261
83 71 Eric Munson 2009 .016
84 71 Jon Weber 2009 .000 DNP
85 71 Eliezer Alfonzo 2010 .188
86 71 Mike Edwards 2008 .000 DNP
87 71 Prentice Redman 2011 .000 DNP
88 70 Laynce Nix 2012 .267
89 70 Nick Green 2010 .146
90 70 Jason Smith 2009 .015
91 70 Shelley Duncan 2011 .280
92 70 Brad Eldred 2012 .245
93 70 Luke Carlin 2012 .259
94 70 Russ Adams 2012 .000 DNP
95 69 Barry Wesson 2008 .000 DNP
96 69 Jeff Baker 2012 .236
97 69 Chris Dickerson 2013 .247
98 69 John Suomi 2012 .000 DNP
99 69 Gustavo Molina 2013 .000 DNP
100 69 Wes Helms 2007 .232

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Josh Fields is five years removed from his 23-homer rookie season and has just 106 MLB games played since then, none in the past two years.
2011 Fields was part of the Mark Teahen deal that also brought Chris Getz to the Royals. This swap of disappointments didn't do much for Kansas City in 2010, with Fields barely playing due to early-season hip surgery that kept him out until September. He hit when he was on the field, but that was a sample small enough to be meaningless. As of the winter meetings, Ned Yost was suggesting that Mike Aviles would get first crack at third base, and with Betemit around to take what playing time is left over, the Royals felt free to non-tender Fields. He signed a minors contract with baseball's last-chance saloon, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and will try to grab a bench spot. Already 28 but still not established in the major leagues, it seems ever more certain that Fields' best days as an athlete are not to come but lie somewhere behind him on an Oklahoma State football field.
2010 When Fields hit 23 home runs in 2007, it seemed like he might just have a shot at a legitimate big-league career, but he was passed by Beckham while failing to replicate that power at either the major- or minor-league level over the last two years. The Mark Teahen deal sent Fields to the Royals in November, and might give him a new lease on life, but it's also upped the challenge significantly as he'll likely be moved to first base or a corner outfield slot. It's a golden opportunity with a new organization, but as he's now 27 years old, it also might be the last one he gets.
2009 The White Sox’ top pick in 2004, Fields crushed at Triple-A in 2006 and stepped into the breach left by Crede in 2007, turning in a solid rookie season, particularly in the power department. With Crede back in action last year, Fields got an ego-deflating demotion back to Charlotte, where his struggles were exacerbated by a right knee that required off-season arthroscopic surgery. When Crede’s back went out again, it was Juan Uribe who finished the season as the Chicago third baseman, not Fields; he'd underwhelmed Ozzie in a brief six-game tryout prior to Uribe’s ascension. This year, with Crede and Uribe both gone and his legs back under him, Fields should pick up where he left off two years ago. Whether that's a good thing or not depends on one's perception of low OBPs and moderate power production, but in a platoon role with Wilson Betemit—he slugged .698 against big-league lefties in '07—he could shine.
2008 If you were God and fashioning molds, and you had your Joe Crede mold right there, you might be forgiven for succumbing to the temptation to just pour some more clay into it and send the Fields a very similar bouncing baby boy. Fields isn't quite as nimble or instinctual at third, but he's faster on the bases and, given his athleticism as a former quarterback, there's hope that he'll improve his glove work. He generates a tick more power than Crede from a pull-oriented fly-ball stroke, but he can rush himself out of at-bats by getting out in front on breaking stuff. What's clear is that the left-field experiment is over, although that might mean he's headed back to Charlotte for a third season if Kenny Williams can't move Crede.
2007 Put him on the big league stage right now, and Fields probably provides 85 percent of Joe Crede`s bat and 75 percent of his defense. That isn`t a bad thing, but the White Sox remain hopeful that there`s another leap forward coming, as Fields`s football background means that he`s relatively unrefined for a player of his age. There are rumors that Fields will be in the left field mix this season, but he`s more likely to be returned to Charlotte, where he can work on his defense while the White Sox figure out to do with Crede. At the very least, Fields should turn out better than Josh Booty.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Josh Fields: Future Mariners closer or wasted pick?
(MarinerDan from SF)
He could still figure it out, but probably won't. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Anything to read into Beckham getting promoted to AAA? Could the Josh Fields experiment soon be over? Please please please tell me it's so...
(scott from chicago)
I'd read more into the fact that he's playing third base there. That's really telling for your question. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-02-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Seattle's decision to sign Josh Fields relative to the option of just taking the pick in the upcoming draft?
(Jay J. from Tacoma, WA)
I understand the heat the move has taken with Mariners fans, but I don't really mind the move. As I noted above, a lot of the college pitchers that will be available around pick 21 are future relievers themselves, and Fields is probably better than the lot of them (except maybe Volz). Also, as I saw Dave Cameron note, there's a real possibility that Fields starts in West Tenn, dominates, and ends up contributing for Seattle this season. It's not a terrible move given this draft, although I am a bit confused why in a baseball economy that has Manny Ramirez unsigned on February 17, a college senior managed to get over slot money with no discernible leverage. (Bryan Smith)
2009-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's the word on Dayan Viciedo? Does he end up beating out Josh Fields for the starting 3B job for the Sox?
(Matt from Bloomington, IL)
The White Sox list is just two away, so you'll see then, but know that Viciedo is not a big league ready player. He's a prospect. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-12-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any word from Seattle about their unsigned first round pick, former college closer Josh Fields?
(Ryan from NY)
They are just waiting him out. He's a college senior and has no leverage unless you consider indy ball leverage, which I don't. (John Perrotto)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)But there has to be some upside for the Sox on getting Betemit, right? There is at least some logic somewhere in the deal for Kenny Williams, right? Right?
(ChuckR from Addison, IL)
It gives them another option besides Josh Fields, who they don't seem too sold on in any case, but to my mind not a great one. Betamax is not a great defender and is a switch-hitter in name only--do NOT play against lefties. Oh, and he has no plate judgment. That said, he probably has some platoon value at 3B and emergency value at SS. (Steven Goldman)
2008-11-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any news on Josh Fields?
(morisato from El Paso, TX)
If you mean the Mariners draft pick, there might be some movement there soon, and Jack Z. has a good relationship with Boras. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does a Mike Lowell for Javier Vazquez swap makes sense? They have similiar contracts (2 years, 23-25 million left), the White Sox could use a 3B while the Red Sox get a 5th starter and can go after Teixiera like they want to.
(Theo from (Boston))
I think it makes sense for you. I think it's a ridiculous idea for the White Sox. Vazquez isn't a "fifth starter," he's a very reliable #3, and I don't know what you can expect from Mike Lowell over the next two seasons. Josh Fields isn't very good, but is there that much difference between him and Lowell that you'd trade Vazquez to get it? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of 3B's, shouldn't the ChiSox be farming out Josh Fields for a reliever, or something else that's useful?
(Razman from Brooklyn, NY)
No, Crede's a free agent next year and is a bit wobbly with the back now. Have to have an insurance policy. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)OK, as a Sox fan I would love to see Huston Street on the Southside, but what on Earth do we have to trade for him? Nothing, thanks Kenny.
(Doug from Chicago)
Josh Fields is being brought up in that context, and that doesn't sound so terrible to this A's fan. Yes, it's a weakly-stocked system, but if you decide to plan on using some of your playoff revenue to re-sign Joe Crede, Fields is just a prospect on the hoof waiting to be converted into something you can use. Given this team's core, no time like the present. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-06-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some surprise names that could fall tomorrow?
(Brian from Kansas City)
Josh Fields, Aaron Crow, Zach Collier, Tim Melville . . . (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-06-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)Josh Fields - more Street/Cordero or Wagner/Aardsma?
(Jack from Florida)
If the first group is 100 and the second group is 0, Fields is a 45. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)Bryan, thanks for the chat. Do the Detroit Tigers have any hope of Josh Fields being available at #21? Conversely, is Zach Putnam worthy of being selected at #21? Thanks....
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
I think it's going to be a weird draft for Tigers Scouting Director David Chadd, as I'm not quite sure there will be a top three talent to fall to him this year. Therefore, we're going to see some real evaluation techniques from the Tigers scouting brass this June. To answer your specific questions, I think there's a slim but possible chance Fields is there at 21. I'm not sure he slips past the Brewers, though, and teams before that will be interested if he's asking for a lower bonus as a senior. If not, and you want a reliever, Andrew Cashner is there. I think I like Putnam better, though, and I do think he's pretty good value at 21 as a hometown pick. The reports I've received on his splitter have been very good, and his start against Ohio State this week was nothing short of groundball brilliance. (Bryan Smith)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)What do you think a successful first/supplemental/2nd round would look like for the Mets and their decimated farm system. They have a good amount of early picks, and there has been talks about Minaya "overslotting" (buzzword of the year). However, with all of the top 10 talent likely staying in the top 10, it doesn't seem like they'll be able to use any financial muscle. So what would a good draft look like for the Mets?
(big baby from nj)
I gave the Mets hell last year for going reliever-heavy, and I'm sure I'll joke if they go Fields or Cashner in the first, though those would represent solid value. The Mets need to really hit with their 3 picks in the top 33. I would love if they went with a guy like Chris Friedrich, a guy like Aaron Hicks, and a guy like Zach Putnam. One pipe dream with two solid players would be really good. They don't need to worry about "over-slotting", they need to get the guy on their board. If that's paying a couple million for Gerrit Cole, so be it. If it's spending slot on Josh Fields or Friedrich, fine. (Bryan Smith)
2008-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I realize that Carlos Quentin probably won't hit like an MVP candidate for the rest of the year, but how much of this is real as I seem to remember as being a pretty decent prospect with the D Backs? Also with Josh Fields continuing to have major issues with strikeouts even in AAA. might it make sense for the sox to try and trade him come the trade deadline and try and resign Crede?
(tommy from chi town)
It's real. Quentin can rake, and only some injury problems have stood in his way. That was an excellent trade by Kenny Williams, one of the best of his tenure. I confess that I thought, initially, that it was the other Sox picking him up, just because it was a nice buy-low play. Williams has developed into a good GM--erratic, but on the whole, good. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Discouraging words about Josh Fields in your AL Central roundup today. Is there anything in the White Sox system worth getting excited about? I mean really excited about? (And this probably won't help, but Nirvana is my all-time favorite band and I've listened to Nevermind at least a few times a week since it came out. In Utero is better, though.)
(JasonC23 from Huntley, IL)
It might be the worst system in baseball, so no, not really!. In Utero is a better album. It's still not great. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which is the more egregious demotion of a young 3b this spring, Josh Fields or Evan Longoria?
(Andrew from Overland Park, KS)
I'll go with Longoria, even if I think it's silly to demote a player as already ready as Fields; at least Fields was demoted because of the existence of an established worthwhile veteran ballplayer. Longoria's being sent down *for Willy Aybar*. There was a point in time where I loved Willy Aybar, and I still think he has some upside--at second base--but there's no way I send Longoria back down. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-26 12:00:00 (link to chat)Which of this years college players, if any, are advanced enough to make the big leagues in 2009?
(SJLedet from Alexandria, La)
A few of these questions, and I think Josh Fields might be the only one I could see doing it from this year's draft. But Matusz by midseason or September 2009? I guess that's fair. Fields, though, is the best bet by a country mile. (Bryan Smith)
2008-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)I find it interesting that Votto stole 20 bases twice in minors, and yet some projectors say he won't steal any in majors in 2008 (I also think about Josh Fields). I am aware he doesn't have great speed and was caught very often. Does it happen that great prospects in a system are allowed to do things--like steal bases--with impunity because of their status as great prospects, and then once they reach the majors a manager puts the brakes on that part of their game?
(Bob from St Louis)
It does happen quite a bit acutally. There are going to be times in his big league career when you're gonna need Votto to run, so they best way to learn that is to have him run. A good comparision here is Delmon Young, who had 20-plus stolen bases in each of his minor league seasons, but just 10 last year in the big leagues. (Kevin Goldstein)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesBill (New Mexico): If the Angels (stupidly, IMO) non-tender Figgins, where does he wind up?

I can't help but think the White Sox might be a fit. Cabrera and Crede both seem outbound, there's talk of moving Alexei Ramirez to short (possibly making room for Chris Getz at second) and they seem a bit diffident about Josh Fields. Figgy and Getz at the top of the order would be an improvement on the current choices, and would certainly give Ozzie room to selectively indulge in the MSM meaning of "Ozzieball." (Christina Kahrl)
 

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