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Josh Fields Wins Third Base Job

Remember Josh Fields?  He was a popular sleeper heading into 2008, as he'd slugged 23 HR in 373 ABs as a rookie.  Most of the damage was inflicted against lefties.  Fields even hit 9 HR in August of '07.  But Joe Crede pushed Fields back to Triple A to start '08, and he never got back on track.  Fields hit just .246/.341/.431 in Triple A while dealing with a knee problem.  He had offseason surgery on the knee and reported to Spring Training early.  Now that Dayan Viciedo's been demoted, the third base job is his again.

Projection systems see Fields as a 20 HR type with 500 ABs, but with an ugly batting average due to a high strikeout total.  I don't think 30 HR is out of reach though; he certainly showed that kind of power in '07.  Let's not forget the massive inflation of right-handed HRs at U.S. Cellular Field.  And if you really want to look on the bright side, there's a chance Fields' AVG could be counteracted by double digit steals.  He hasn't shown speed in the Majors but did swipe bags at a 15 SB pace in the minors.


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