Fields of Dreams
Go figure. I just finish writing a long, detailed post about who might show up in a Clinton LumberKings uniform this season and THEN I check out the front page of Mariners.com. Last year’s first-round pick, right-hander Josh Fields has finally signed.
Fields, the 20th overall selection in last year’s June draft ended a nine-month wait by signing yesterday. You can read more on the 23-year-old former University of Georgia reliever and Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year in Jim Street’s article.
The LumberKings have had at least one first round pick in each of my three seasons with the club. John Mayberry (2006), Kasey Kiker (2007) and the trio of Blake Beavan, Michael Main and Justin Smoak (2008) all donned the Louie cap. Hopefully Fields is next.
The key quote from GM Jack Zduriencik in the article:
“Our goal is to have him ready to pitch in the Minors this season. We need to get him in the Minor Leagues and get him some innings.”
Now, will those innings come in Clinton? At least some of them? The Rangers started out Kiker, Beavan and Main in the AZL before promoting them to Clinton once the weather got better. The Mariners may well do the same thing with Fields. Low A would seem to be the perfect fit for him, since Seattle will not want to hold him back for the start of short-season in June, but also may not want to rush him up to the hitter-friendly Cal League.
I guess we’ll see.