Toronto Blue Jays 2018 Top Prospect 2018: #25 Roemon Fields
The Jays Journal top 30 prospect list see’s a player who’s not even in the Toronto Blue Jays top 30 prospects on their website in Roemon Fields. The speedster is now 27 years old and thus, really isn’t a prospect anymore but was voted into the top 30 by the staff here at Jays Journal.
Roemon Fields has been in the Blue Jays system since 2014, so he’s entering his 5th season in the minor league system. The speedster has made it all the way to AAA as he saw 388 plate appearances with the Buffalo Bisons in 2017. The story of Roemon Fields is quite touching. He was undrafted and working at Lids (the hat store) and delivering mail. Now, he’s a step away from the MLB.
Name: Roemon Fields
Position: OF Age: 27
Height: 5’11″ Weight: 180 lbs
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Acquired: Amateur free agent
Unfortunately for Fields, it’s really starting to look like he may never get a shot in the Blue Jays organization to make the majors. There are an incredible amount of outfielders ahead of Fields like Anthony Alford, Teoscar Hernandez, Dwight Smith Jr., and Dalton Pompey who all are much better all-around players than Fields.
Fields doesn’t hit for any power at all but he does have the ability to spray the ball to all fields and with his speed, can turn singles into doubles in the blink of an eye. He also has a fantastic eye at the plate as evidenced by his nice 8.2% BB%. In seasons where Fields had at least 225 plate appearances, only once has his BB% dipped below 8.0%. He does have the ability to take a walk, which is a great thing because he does have speed to burn.
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These are the stolen bases totals for Fields over his minor league career:
- 2014 – 72 games, 48 stolen bases
- 2015 – 121 games, 46 stolen bases
- 2016 – 130 games, 44 stolen bases
- 2017 – 119 games, 50 stolen bases
What do the Toronto Blue Jays need? Speed. However, with all the young outfielders ahead of him, it’s quite unlikely we ever get to see this speed grace the Rogers Centre turf barring some serious injury problems or the front office feeling they want to keep some of the more blue-chip prospects in Buffalo for consistent at-bats while Fields stays on the bench as a pinch runner at the major leagues.
I’m not too positive on the future for Roemon Fields. That’s not just with the Toronto Blue Jays but in the MLB. He does have the speed aspect going for him and has had some decent OBP’s throughout his career. As a ceiling, I instantly think of Roemon Fields being like a Terrance Gore, where Fields gets up to the majors for his speed alone or to be a weapon off the bench in the playoffs. That still does seem unlikely given who’s ahead of him in the system.
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I’d be surprised if we ever see Roemon Fields in a Blue Jays uniform, but you never know. They could use his speed, so perhaps we see him in 2018 but I wouldn’t put money on it.