Josh Fields, Relief Pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers
Date of Birth: 8/19/1985
Birthplace: Athens, Georgia
College: University of Georgia
Current Salary: $1,050,000
Josh Fields, relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was first drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2007 but he opted instead to play for the University of Georgia. The following year, he was drafted by and signed with the Seattle Mariners. He stayed with the Mariners until July 31, 2011, when he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. He played in the minor leagues from 2009 through 2012.
Fields was acquired by the Houston Astros in the rule five draft in December 2012. He pitched in 38.0 innings in 41 games with the Astros in 2013 and he had a 4.97 ERA. The following season, he had career highs in innings pitched (54.2) and strikeouts (70 to 17 walks). He finished the season with a 4.45 ERA. In 2015, he had similar numbers, with 67 strikeouts to 19 walks and a 3.55 ERA in 50.2 innings in 54 games.
Fields was traded to the Dodgers on August 1, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with a 4.63 ERA in 15 games with the Astros and 22 games with the Dodgers. He had 1 win and no losses and 42 strikeouts to 11 walks in 35.0 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 2.1 innings in 4 games and he gave up 1 hit and no runs.
Career pitching statistics for Fields through 2016 include:
- 186 games played
- 178.1 innings pitched
- 10-10 win-loss record
- 9 saves
- 219 strikeouts to 65 walks
- 4.34 ERA