M’s Select Fields
No surprise – the M’s selected the best college reliever on the board, in this case, Georgia RHP Josh Fields. He’s a short power arm who can throw 97 and misses bats, so as far as college relievers go, he’s a very good one. He should be able to get to the major leagues very quickly, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him pitching in the 8th inning in Seattle next summer. For what he is, he’s good.
Our problem, of course, is what he is. As I detailed below, taking a college reliever in the first round is just a waste of a valuable resource. You can build a bullpen without using first round picks on them, and the Mariners have been very good at finding quality relievers on the cheap. This just isn’t a very good way to restock a farm system that’s taken some hits in the M’s efforts to win now.
This organization needs long term help, and Fields is not what this organization needed.