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Josh Fields
Birthdate: 8/19/1985 (31 y, 7 m, 6 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-0/180     Position: P
Drafted: 2012 Rule 5 Draft - Round: , Pick: 1, Overall: 1, Team: Houston Astros
Contract: $1M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Fields has seen his velocity dip to the 91-92 mph range after averaging 94.7 mph last season, the Los Angeles Times' Andy McCullough reports. (3/14/2017)
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Profile: Fields has closer potential but is missing the opportunity for saves after the Dodgers resigned Kenley Jansen. His 30% strikeout rate has been the 19th-best over the past three seasons (minimum 100 innings pitched), and his FIP is the 8th-lowest in that span. All the praise dies down once his 4.17 ERA gets noticed, however. His 1.75 ERA-FIP is the highest among the same group of pitchers. There is no exact cause for the huge difference, but a few flaws are possible. First, he really struggles against lefties, as he allowed a 4.53 FIP to them versus a 2.97 mark against righties. Another issue is his constantly high batting average on balls in play (.324 for career). His fly-ball nature should lead to more easy outs, but that has not been the case with him. A little regression on his .390 BABIP in 2016 should help his value. Finally, his ERA went under 3.00 with the Dodgers when they had him drop every pitch but his cutter and curveball. He could probably move up higher in the Dodger’s bullpen depth chart with an ERA that decent. (Jeff Zimmerman)

The Quick Opinion: Fields can throw like a closer, but he is blocked by Kenley Jansen.

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