Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season of Buffalo’s Roemon Fields and the Vancouver’s Mc Gregory Contreras
OF Roemon Fields
The undrafted speedster got off to a nice start in 2019 with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. Fields batted .325 with a .791OPS in 23 games in April. Unfortunately, Fields stumbled through May, June, and July as his batting average slowly dropped from .325 to .249 by August 2nd. Despite spending a week on the 7-day IL, Roemon finished with a strong August. He batted .283 with a .695OPS and batted .290 over his final 10 games.
Roemon Fields was not the Bisons 4th outfielder but he also wasn’t in the team’s everyday outfield setup. Fields played in 23 games in April but never more than 19GP/month after the opening month. He took a back seat to Jonathan Davis, Socrates Brito, Teoscar Hernandez, Anthony Alford, Billy McKinney, and Jordan Patterson.
Fields spent the entire year on the Bisons roster. He was primarily used as the club 9th hitter (84GP), seeing time in CF (53GP), RF (24GP), and LF (15GP). Fields collected 9 outfield assists and committed 5 errors in 90 games.
The 5-foot-11 outfielder out of Seattle, WA., provided the Herd with below league average production with .293wOBA and 69wRC+. He finished with a .254BA, 8 doubles, 3 triples, 2 HR, 22RBI, 16SB, and a .645OPS. His 8 doubles and 16SB was the lowest of his career. His plate discipline improved over last season, going from 7.9BB% to 9.1BB% and 21.8K% to 15.3K%. Fields’ ISO was .067 for the second season in a row.
Roemon Fields is a spray hitter using the entire field. He pushed the ball to the opposite field 45.7% and pulled the ball 33.1%. When Fields puts the ball in play it results in a groundball 54.8% of the time and a flyball 25.0% of the time. He hit line drives 20.2% of the time and produced IFFB 31.7%
Home: .257BA with 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 10RBI, and a .655OPS
Away: .252BA with 3 2B, 2 3B, 1HR, 12RBI, and .637OPS
Most Productive Game
On April 13th, Roemon Fields went 2-for-4 with a double and triple, he scored two runs, drove in one run, and struck out. Fields had four 3-hit games and two 5 total bases games. He collected two doubles twice in a game and drove in two RBI six times.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Roemon Fields hung up his cleats or tried another organization. I would have liked to see Fields get one chance at being the Blue Jays 4th outfielder whose primary role would be pinch-running and late-inning defensive replacements. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays’ current group of outfielders isn’t strong enough to allow that kind of role.
OF Mc Gregory Contreras
Signed on July 2nd, 2015 out of Tucacas, Venezuela, Mc Gregory Contreras spent 32 games with the Lansing Lugnuts to kick off the 2019 season. Unfortunately, the young man was not able to show enough to stick. He played 16 games in April and May posting batting averages of .200 and .222. Contreras collected six doubles, two triples, one HR, and a 9/51 BB/K rate. He went on the 7-day IL on May 27th.
When he returned from the IL on June 13th, Mc Gregory was re-assigned to Vancouver of the Northwestern League. In 2018, Contreras batted .260 with 11 doubles, 4 triples, 8HR, and a .778OPS in 59 games with the Vancouver Canadians. He did not fare as well in 2019.
The 6-foot-1 outfielder produced well below league average with a .274wOBA and 66wRC+. Contreras split time batting 4th (19GP), 5th (12GP), and 6th (19GP). He spent most of the year playing LF (59GP between Lansing and Vancouver) and RF (23GP between Lansing and Vancouver). He registered 10 outfield assists and was charged with 6 errors.
With the C’s, Mc Gregory Contreras finished with 12 doubles, 3 triples, 3 HR, 29RBI, 3SB, a .211BA, and .579OPS in 63 games. He lead the club with 88K, finishing with a 4.1BB% and 32.6K%. The 21-yr-old did not display much power with a .108ISO and finished with a .311BABIP.
Contreras pulls the ball over 50.0% of the time. When he isn’t pulling the ball, it only goes up the middle or goes oppo about 25.0% and 25.0%. He hit groundballs 49.0% of the time and flyballs 32.5% while managing to post a 18.5 LD% and an ugly 25.5IFFB%.
Home: .246BA with 5 2B, 1 3B, 2HR, 18RBI, and .648OPS
Away: .178BA with 7 2B, 2 3B, 1HR, 11RBI, and .513OPS
LHP: .220/.220/.339 (59AB)
Most Productive Game
On July 21st, Mc Gregory went 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored, a single, a double, a home run, 2RBI, and a strikeout. He finished with 7 total bases. He had two other games with 5 TB and four games with 3RBI.
It appears that Contreras’ development stalled in 2019. The question is whether or not Contreras has the ability to make adjustments. He will get another opportunity to conquer the Midwest League with the Lugnuts but will see competition from Justin Ammons, Spencer Horwitz, Eric Rivera, Steward Berroa, D.J. Daniels, Will Robertson, Adrian Ramos, and Dominic Abbadessa. That’s a lot of guys for only 4-5 spots.
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