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Josh Fields

Kansas City Royals — No. 11
Third baseman
Born: December 14, 1982 (1982-12-14) (age 27)
Ada, Oklahoma
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 13, 2006 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
(through 2009)
Batting average     .229
Home runs     31
Runs batted in     101
Teams

Joshua Dean Fields (born December 14, 1982, in Ada, Oklahoma) is a Major League Baseball third baseman for the Kansas City Royals. He was selected as the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft by the White Sox.

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Collegiate career

Fields was a two-sport athlete at Oklahoma State University, playing both baseball and football. He was selected as a Big 12 Conference All-Star at third base in 2003, and had a career batting average of .364 over three years. Fields also earned three letters as a quarterback for the Cowboys. He owns the school record for most touchdown passes (55), and led the team to two bowl games, including setting the Cotton Bowl Classic record with 307 passing yards against the University of Mississippi.

Professional career

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Chicago White Sox

Entering 2005, Fields was ranked as the fourth-best prospect in the White Sox organization[1] and the 95th-best prospect in Major League Baseball[2] by Baseball America. He hit safely in 14 straight games from August 6 – August 21 for the Birmingham Barons, tied for the eighth-longest streak in the Southern League.

Prior to the 2006 season, Fields was once again ranked as the fourth-best prospect in the White Sox organization by Baseball America[3]. He homered in four consecutive games from May 11 – May 14 with the Charlotte Knights, and was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. Fields made his major league debut on September 13, 2006, but did not record his first major league at-bat until September 18. In that game against the Detroit Tigers, Fields hit a pinch-hit home run off Detroit's Jamie Walker. He became the third player in White Sox history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, joining Carlos Lee (May 7, 1999) and Miguel Olivo (September 15, 2002) as the only other White Sox to do so.

Fields entered the 2007 season ranked as the second-best prospect in the White Sox organization[4] and the 45th-best prospect in Major League Baseball[5] by Baseball America. Although he started the season at Triple-A Charlotte, he was called up to the White Sox after a season ending back injury to third basemam Joe Crede. He recorded his first multi-home run game on August 10 against the Seattle Mariners, hitting both off starter Jarrod Washburn. On August 26, 2007, Fields made his first start in left field, though he only played 21 games at that position before being moved back to third base.

Fields ended his first season as a Major Leaguer by hitting a promising .244 23 home runs, 67 RBI, and an OPS of 788 in 100 games. His 23 home runs tied him with Bill Melton for 3rd most home runs by a White Sox player in their rookie season, Melton did that in 157 games. Fields received one third-place vote for AL Rookie of the Year.

Entering spring training for the 2008 season, Fields was expected to be the starting third baseman, with Joe Crede likely traded. However, Crede arrived at camp fully recovered from his injury and White Sox general manager Kenny Williams was said to be unsatisfied with the trade offers. This resulted in Crede being given the starting job and Fields once again beginning the season in Triple-A Charlotte. Fields had a disappointing, injury-riddled season with the Knights, in which he regressed to a .246 batting average and .772 OPS.

On July 25, 2008, he was called up to play with the White Sox after Crede was put on the 15-day disabled list. Fields underwent arthroscopic knee surgery at the end of the 2008 season,[6] and was the White Sox's starting third baseman in 2009 until Gordon Beckham was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on June 4[7] and took the position. On July 23, 2009, in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Fields hit a grand slam in his first plate appearance of the game. This would later end up being the game winning home run in Mark Buehrle's perfect game over the Tampa Bay Rays, winning 5–0. Fields also caught the final out of the perfect game, a groundout to White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez. Six days later he would be demoted to Triple A Charlotte to make room for newly acquired Mark Kotsay.[8]

Kansas City Royals

On November 6, 2009, Fields, along with Chris Getz, was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Mark Teahen.

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