The Toronto Blue Jays made a Minor League roster move on Tuesday that you may have skimmed past, but the promotion of outfielder Roemon Fields from AA to the AAA Buffalo Bisons is an exciting one. An absolute speed demon on the base paths, Fields is becoming a fascinating option as a September call-up.
Standing at 5’11” and 180 pounds, the 24-year old Fields has never been viewed as a true prospect during his unique baseball path. As Shi Davidi of Sportsnet explains in this article from April, Fields thought his dreams of professional baseball were over at age 22 until a former coach invited Fields to play for him in a tournament in British Columbia. Matt Bishoff of the Blue Jays was in the stands, and took a shot on the athletically gifted specimen he saw.
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Up until that fateful crossing of paths, Fields had been delivering mail and working at Lids. Yes, the hat store. If this young man ever steps foot on a Major League field, it’s a story much greater than anything you could script.
Fields has earned his rapid ascent through the system, and will now have the entire month of August to prove his worth. After stealing 48 bags for the Vancouver Canadians in 2014, Fields started off hot this season with Dunedin in Advanced-A. He hit .269 over 66 games and stole 21 bags, but really took off with his promotion to AA New Hampshire.
In the 22 games since debuting for the Fisher Cats, Fields has been their star player. His triple-slash line with the Cats stands at .351 / .400 / .392, and he recorded seven steals in his short stint. His power may never impact the ball game with just three career home runs at the Minor League level, but his speed and defensive capabilities alone will tempt the Blue Jays come September.
Fields obviously needs to show us much more at the upper levels before he can enter the conversation of the 25-man roster, but four months ago, nobody thought Ezequiel Carrera would appear in 10 games, let alone 70. The athleticism and defensive talent is there, and it’s not at all inconceivable to see Fields as a spark plug fourth or fifth outfielder someday down the road. He’s worth keeping an eye on in the short-term, though, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better story in this organization.