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Old 10-31-2008, 10:15 AM
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Fields: a pretty good minor league career, and potential shown in his rookie season.
Great! So you're impressed by a career .303 OBP at the big league level? A .233 batting average? 150 Ks in 125 games in the bigs?

How about only ONE above-.300 batting average season in 5 years in the minors? [Crede had 3 seasons >.300 BA, and 3 >20 HR in the minors, and he turned into a merely above-average hitter in the bigs, BTW.]

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Whether an average glove will be there is questionable (while he does have his weaknesses, i.e. range, he also has strengths: plus, accurate arm and the ability to charge the ball quite well),
So a minor league career Fielding Percentage of .927 is good for you? [Granted Fielding % is an imperfect metric, but by all measureables, Fields can't catch.]

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but do I think he can hit for decent average? Sure.
His numbers state otherwise. He had one lucky year in the minors, and swung for the fences in garbage time in 2006, as the Sox were well out of it by the time Fields arrived in Chicago.

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Do I think he can become more patient? He's improved upon it every year.
No, he hasn't. His OBP and BA have shown no signs of improvement since he had his one lucky year in the minors. He's a slow strikeout machine in a team that is replete with slow strikeout machines.

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Fields is always going to strike out, but that's one of the negatives to nearly every power hitter.
And his power numbers suck compared to Crede's in the minors. His power numbers suck, when you realize that he'll average 1.5 K/game. If you strike out that often, you'd better be Ryan Howard. Or at least, Adam Dunn. But even Dunn hit for more power than Fields has hereto fore.

Again, in each and every year, Josh Fields averaged more than one K per game played. Even in his "good" season, he struck out 136 times in 124 games. In AAA. The fact of the matter is that Josh Fields is, was, and always will be a strikeout waiting to happen. And don't give me this "he was injured in 2008" bull****. His injury did not impact Fields' (in)ability to judge balls and strikes. To my knowledge, his eyes were perfectly healthy in 2008.

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Richar: good plate discipline, and the ability foul tough pitches off. He wasn't out of the AB when he got down in the count, he worked himself back into it.
Thrilling. Can he get on base?
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