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After dominating the Double-A Eastern League since mid-June, reliever Josh Fields made his PawSox debut Sunday afternoon in the 10th inning of a tied game with Lehigh Valley.
“It felt great just to get that first appearance under my belt,” Fields told my broadcast partner Steve Hyder on the field during a post-game interview.
Fields explained that anytime a player moves up a level and takes the field for the first time, there’s always some added adrenaline.
“I was doing my best to take a deep breath, try to calm myself down, and let it fly.”
There’s no doubt he did just that. Fields was quick to showcase his fastball which touched 96 mph on the McCoy radar gun several times. He mixed that with a 12-6 curve ball and the occasional change up.
Although he gave up back-to-back singles, Fields struck out two batters swinging, tossed a scoreless inning, and picked up the win. He displayed terrific command by firing 22 pitches, 18 for strikes.
Before his August 5 promotion to Pawtucket, the righty had gone 2-0 with a 0.37 ERA (1 ER/24.1 IP) since June 13 with the Sea Dogs. During that stretch, spanning 14 appearances, Fields had walked five, struck out 30, and allowed a mere 6 hits.
Originally selected 20th overall by Seattle in 2008 out of the University of Georgia, Fields was acquired by the Red Sox at the deadline last year with Erik Bedard in exchange for outfielders Trayvon Robinson and Chih-Hsien Chiang.
Since July 25, the PawSox have lost righty-handers Brandon Duckworth and Doug Mathis to Japan, first baseman Lars Anderson to Cleveland, outfielder Scott Podsednik to Arizona, catcher Ryan Lavarnway and outfielder Ryan Kalish to Boston, and now you can add righty Garrett Mock to the list.
Here are Friday’s PawSox roster moves:
- Garrett Mock was given word after Thursday night’s loss in Lehigh Valley that he had been traded to Houston and will be reporting to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The hard-throwing reliever had a stellar month of May where he did not allow a run over nine appearances (12.0 IP), but since then had struggled. Mock, who was born in Houston and pitched for the University of Houston, had allowed at least one run in nine of his last 14 outings with the PawSox. The Red Sox will be reportedly receive ”future considerations” from the Astros in return. All the best to Garrett who, you have to think, has a good chance of being a September call-up.
- With Mock gone, the void in the PawSox bullpen will be filled by hard-throwing righty, Josh Fields. Originally the 20th overall selection in the 2008 draft by Seattle, the 2008 SEC Pitcher of the Year was acquired by the Red Sox at the deadline last season with Erik Bedard in exchange for outfielders Trayvon Robinson and Chih-Hsien Chiang. Over his last 14 outings (since June 13th), Fields is 2-0, 0.37 ERA (1 ER/24.1 IP), and has allowed just six hits while walking five and striking out 30.
- Catcher Carson Blair has been assigned back to High-A Salem. Blair was called-up to Pawtucket for the second time following the promotion of Ryan Lavarnway to Boston. Blair did not appear in a game for the PawSox.
- Taking Blair’s spot on the roster is catcher Dan Butler from Double-A Portland. Undrafted out of the University of Arizona, Butler has a quick release and, according to Mike Antonellis, the “Voice of the Sea Dogs,” is one of the better defensive catchers Portland has seen in a long time. Over his last 19 games in Double-A, the 25-year-old was batting .302 (19-for-63) with a home run and six runs batted in. Butler played for both Yarmouth-Dennis and Brewster during the 2009 Cape Cod Baseball League season.