Weight: 180 lbs.
Hometown: Hull, GA
High School: Prince Avenue Christian HS
Previously Drafted: 2nd round, 2007 (Atlanta Braves)
Fields is the best college senior entering the 2008 season. He’s got the premium stuff to be a big league closer and, up until 2007, had the track record to match. Fields runs his fastball to 93-96 mph, but his best pitch is a plus-plus slider.
It all fell apart for him in his junior season. His strikeout to walk ratio dropped dramatically, his mechanics deteriorated and his slider flattened out. The Braves drafted him in the beginning of the second round and Fields turned down a $500,000 signing bonus.
We ranked him #87 last year (the end of the second round) and that seems a fair place to put him entering the 2008 season. If he regains the form he had in his sophomore season, he’ll be a first rounder. As a college closer, he could become a major leaguer quickly.