Reaching Triple-A Buffalo in his first full season of professional baseball, this undrafted Toronto Blue Jays outfielder comes in at #12th on our Blue Jays Top Prospects list
Jays From the Couch kicked off its inaugural Toronto Blue Jays Top Prospects List with a look at a handful of Honorable Mention prospects who just missed the cut and #15 Lupe Chavez, #14 Clinton Hollon, and #13 Mitch Nay. Next on the list is OF Roemon Fields.
DOB November 28, 1990
By now every Toronto Blue Jays fan has read how three years ago Roemon Fields was done with baseball, worked at a the post office and LIDS, and how he got noticed by the Jays playing in a Showcase tournament in British Columbia. So that’s not what this prospect profile is going to be.
The 25-yr-old speedster played baseball and ran track in Bethany college, Kansas and received some attention from the Kansas City Royals organization. Unfortunately, Fields was told he wasn’t tall enough or fast enough and things didn’t go any further.
After being signed by amateur scouting co-coordinator Matt Bishoff, Fields spent his first professional season leading off for the short season Vancouver Canadians, where he set a new Canadians stolen base record with 48 stolen bases. Roemon hit 13 doubles, 4 triples and one home run in 72 games, while only hitting into 3 doubles plays according to Baseball Reference (see more)
Roemon Fields vs Daniel Winkler; Arizona Fall League https://t.co/M0eLZsJuKL
— Shaun Kernahan (@ShaunKernahan) November 18, 2015
Many looked at Roemon’s advanced age as an explanation why he found success in Vancouver, and decided to take a wait and see approach. He was assigned to the Dunedin Blue Jays to start 2015, but didn’t hit the ground running with a .228 April. Fortunately, Fields quickly turned things around hitting .288 and .284 in May and June before heading to New Hampshire with a .269/.312/.348 in 66 games.
In New Hampshire, Fields hit .360 in 17 July games, but saw his power evaporate with only a double and home run during the month. Jays management continued to challenge the center fielder with another promotion to Triple-A Buffalo for 6 games from August 4th to the 11th. Fields collected hits in 4 of his 6 games and was returned to Double-A to finish his season.
Unfortunately, upon his return Fields went into a slump with one hit in his first 6 games. This must have been a sign of things to come as he went on to hit .148 with only a double in 21 August games. On the plus side, Fields collected 9 hits in his final 4 games of the season.
Overall, the outfielder showed excellent plate discipline walking 37 times and striking out 90 times across three levels, while hitting .262/.316/.321 with a .637 OPS. He finished with 0.059 ISO, .299 BABIP, .293 wOBA, and 84 wRC+ during his first full professional season.
Reomon continued to show off his plus speed with another 40+ stolen base season and played excellent CF with .990 Fld% and 2.65 RF/9 in 112 games. These numbers earned him a spot on the Arizona Fall League Salt River Rafters roster. He started out slowly with the Rafters, but finished with a .253 batting average, 14 stolen bases, 2 doubles, and 4 triples in 23 games.
— Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) November 19, 2015
Bill Mitchell (Baseball America) wrote in October that scouts covering the AFL see Fields’ ceiling as that of a fourth outfielder, remarking that he doesn’t get on base enough to be a regular. Others feel that Fields has already reached his ceiling. New Hampshire is a likely landing spot for Roemon Fields in 2016. Though, with the recent trade of Ben Revere, Fields could find a spot open for him in Buffalo. Look for Fields to hit .250 with another 40 plus stolen bases, while patrolling CF. Roemon was invited to Blue Jays Spring Training in 2016, which is telling in itself.
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