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  1. I don’t think the Daniel Fields experiment has been as bad as you claim. He’s a slightly below-average hitter (0.663 OPS compared to a league average of 0.691), but he’s also 3.5 years younger than the average FSL player (22.8 for hitters, 23.0 for pitchers). But most impressive, he has a 13% walk rate, and a 2:1 K:BB rate. Those are both quite impressive for a kid his age at that level. He’s certainly not blowing away the league, but he’s holding his own at a premium position despite playing against kids four years older than him. Personally, I’m pretty impressed.

    Comment by Dberg — June 3, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

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  3. I agree that Fields is performing pretty well considering the circumstances and you certainly can’t say that the assignment has not panned out. For a 19 year old in his first season of pro-ball, he is holding his own against significantly older competition. He has already shown a pretty good eye at the plate and hopefully his power will develop over the next 2-4 years. He is also doing this while learning a new position in centerfield.

    Comment by Steve — June 3, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

  4. My concern is that the over-aggressive promotion is going to have a long-term impact on Fields… sure, the numbers could definitely be worse, but I’d rather see him dominating low-A competition and building up his confidence…

    On a totally unrelated note, I just realized that this post finally put me into second place behind Dave C for the most posts ever on FanGraphs… It’s been a long chase after Eric S.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — June 3, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

  5. I can’t see how a 1.100+ OPS, much better numbers than he put up last year at that level, is not a step forward for Kila.

    If Crow has been neutral with his numbers, why has Melville taken a step back? They’re struggles are similar, and both are relatively appropriate age and developmental level for their league. Melville’s last four starts have been much better.

    Not sure how Lough has taken a step forward. His numbers are fairly pedestrian and his low walk rate is going to be a problem.

    With the emergence of Jon Lamb and Derrick Robinson, and even Blake Wood, it really is a good time to be the Royals. They need to keep the waves coming, though.

    Comment by Paul — June 3, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

  6. Fields was only supposed to play a week or so in Lakeland as an injury replacement, but he handled himself well enough that they have just let him keep playing. I wouldn’t be surprised if he heads to the NY-Penn League (?) when that short season starts. In fact I’m kind of expecting it. But yeah the original plan I’m sure was extend spring training and then one of the short season leagues.

    Comment by the fume — June 3, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

  7. Also, just curious why you don’t have Austin Jackson and Daniel Schlereth on your list.

    Comment by Dberg — June 4, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

  8. Fields is putting up a league average OPS when he is 4 years younger than the league avereage age. All while learning a new position, where he has made no errors. Pretty successful, despite the Ks.

    Comment by David in DC — June 4, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

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