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Astros select Josh Fields from Red Sox with first pick in Rule 5 draft

Dec 6, 2012, 10:11 AM EST

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With the top pick in the Rule 5 draft the Astros snagged right-hander Josh Fields from the Red Sox.

Fields was the Mariners’ first-round pick in 2008, going 20th overall out of the University of Georgia, but never reached the majors and is now 27 years old.

He’s always had very good strikeout numbers, but walked 5.9, 5.7, and 6.7 batters per nine innings in his first three pro seasons. That all changed this year, as Fields cut his walk rate to 2.8 per nine innings while posting a 2.01 ERA with 78 strikeouts in 58 innings between Double-A and Triple-A for the Red Sox.

Boston got Fields in the Erik Bedard trade and chose not to protect him, so the Astros will gladly add his mid-90s fastball to their bullpen mix and hope the improved control is for real.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Not sure, but from that pic, he kinda looks like a bit of a doosh.

    • missthemexpos - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      Wow, and the only thing I could tell from the picture was that he has a healthy five o’clock shadow happening.

    • atworkident - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      It’s probably the hat.

      Most people in Red Sox affiliated gear appear dooshy. Usually just have to get to know them… doesn’t make them less of a doosh but sometimes, just sometimes they are tolerable.

  2. titknocker - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    I got a bad feeling the Sox will regret this.

  3. stex52 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    One thing you won’t have a problem with on the Astros. You can hold a Rule 5 on the main roster as long as you want. No one else is good enough to take his job.

    • paperlions - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Atta boy….glass 1/2 full, silver lining, and all that…

  4. Detroit Michael - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    I like the pick from the Astros’ perspective. I would guess that relief pitchers are the most likely players from past rule 5 drafts to be kept for an entire year.

  5. jeffa43 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Another way of saying, we just named our new closer.

  6. kelshannon19 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    This is literally a steal.

    • paperlions - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Well, he did cost them $50K to select.

    • stex52 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      In concept the Rule 5 is the best deal ever for cheap talent. In practice, there are often reasons why people excluded the player from their rosters. Wesley Wrighht has been a decent pick up for the ‘Stros. On the other hand, they let Johan Santana get away because nobody in their minor league system thought to teach him the changeup. So they kept Tim Redding instead.

      • kelshannon19 - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        Fields numbers speak for themselves. Astros dont have a closer anymore (dont you dare say Fernando Rodriguez) so I believe this is a gret pick up. Nate Frieman seems like a good pickup as well.

  7. stex52 - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    We also have a good example of what I say with Rhiner Cruz in 2011. He had two good months and four bad ones. A lot of raw stuff, but poor control. But it really didn’t matter in that bullpen. The Astros didn’t have better, so they kept him up. Now they can send him to the minors and let him fully develop.

  8. prosourcetalk - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    As a native Mainer, I don’t appreciate the slight aimed towards the Sea Dogs hat.

  9. themanwhoneverreturned - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Seems like our recent Sox brain-trust could screw up a wet dream.

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