Phillies Sign 3B Josh Fields to Minor League Deal

If you’ve got Kevin Frandsen penciled in as your opening day starter in Philadelphia, you can probably pencil in Josh Fields for 3B at Coca Cola Park.  Of course, injuries and spring training performance could alter things.  In case you missed it, from the comments section of the previous post, here’s what our own Decal has on Josh Fields:


“Ten years ago Josh Fields was a star third baseman and star quarterback at Oklahoma State University. He was an all Big 12 conference player for the OSU baseball team and was the first QB in school history to pass for over 3,000 yards in a single season for the OSU football team. In 2004, he signed with the Chicago White Sox after being drafted in the 1st round, 18th overall, of the MLB draft. That was 2 picks after Toronto selected former Ironpigs pitcher David Purcey and 3 picks before the Phillies selected Greg Golson. By 2008 Fields was playing 3B for the White Sox where he hit .244 with 23 HR. In 2009 he was at third base when Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game, defeating Tampa Bay 5-0. Four of those 5 runs came in the 2nd inning on a Josh Fields grand slam. After the 2009 season Josh was traded to Kansas City and he bounced around with different organizations since then, including a brief stint in Japan. He played for Albuquerque in the PCL in 2012 and hit .322 with 13 HR and 71 RBI. His OBP was an impressive .392 and his SLG was .488.
The Phillies signed Fields to a minor league contract today with an invitation to spring training. While his goal is obviously to make the Phillies out of spring training, he would be a welcome addition to the Ironpigs for the 2013 season.”

Categories: From the Desk of Decal, Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, Lehigh Valley IronPigs

1 reply

  1. The Phillies also signed a 24 year old pitcher by the name of Brandon Erbe. He was a 3rd round draft pick out of high school in 2005 and at one time Baseball America had him rated the #2 prospect in the Orioles organization. Since then, he has had a history of shoulder problems. He had labrum surgery in 2010 and was pitching pain free in 2012 until he was again shut down with shoulder issues. If he is healthy he’ll likely begin the year at Clearwater or Reading. He falls into the low risk/high reward category.

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