Joshua Fields and the Pawtucket Red Sox go for the Triple-A title tonight.
Sept. 18, 2012
ATHENS----A pair of former Georgia Bulldog pitchers have a chance to be back in the spotlight this week.
For the second time this season, Justin Grimm is back in the Major Leagues as Texas recalled the right-hander Sunday. He made his Major League debut this past June as a starter, beating the Houston Astros. He also made appearances against Detroit and Chicago before returning to the minors. Grimm helped the Frisco Rough Riders to the Texas League Finals that ended Saturday.
The Rangers have indicated Grimm will pitch in a relief role for the remainder of the season as the club looks to return to the World Series for the third straight year. The 24-year-old Grimm went a combined 11-6 with a 2.81 ERA over 134.2 innings in the minors this season, seeing action at Class AA Frisco and Class AAA Round Rock. A 6-3, 195-pound native of Bristol, Va., Grimm was a fifth round pick of the Rangers in 2010. At Georgia, Grimm went 7-12 with a 5.84 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 186.1 innings.
Meanwhile, former All-American closer Joshua Fields is enjoying his finest season as a professional. Since being promoted to Class AAA Pawtucket, Fields has not allowed a run while registering 19 strikeouts and only two walks in 13.2 innings. He went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and four saves for the Red Sox during the regular season. Last week, he pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts in helping them capture their first Governors' Cup in 28 years. They swept the Charlotte Knights, and Fields earned a save in the clinching victory.
Tonight, they play in a winner-take-all one game championship against the Reno Aces for the Triple-A National Championship. Pawtucket won the International League while the Aces claimed the Pacific Coast League title. Tuesday's game will be played at the Durham (N.C.) Bulls Athletic Park at 7:05 p.m., and NBC Sports Network will televise the contest.
The 26-year-old Fields began this season in Double-A Portland, going 3-3 with a 2.62 ERA and eight saves. His minor league totals this year are 4-3, 2.01 ERA, 12 saves, 78 strikeouts and 18 walks in 58.1 innings.
A 6-0, 185-pound native of Hull, Ga., Fields was a first round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2008 after helping the Bulldogs advance to the College World Series Finals. As a senior, he led the NCAA with 18 saves and was named the National Stopper-of-the-Year by the NCBWA and SEC Pitcher-of-the-Year. He appeared in 141 games as a Bulldog, going 10-11 with a 3.77 ERA and an SEC and school record 41 saves. This is his second year in the Red Sox organization.
Here's how the rest of the former Bulldogs in the minor leagues fared this season. (Statistics reflect only their final stop in 2012.)
Brooks Brown (Class AAA, Toledo) 4-4, 4.90 ERA, 29 games, 19 starts, 112 IP
Stephen Dodson (Class AAA, Colorado) 3-3, 4.26 ERA, 30 games, 0 starts, 38 IP
Clint Sammons (Class AAA, New Orleans) .188, 6 HR, 15 RBI in 43 games
Trevor Holder (Class AA, Harrisburg) 4-3, 3.78 ERA, 10 games, 9 starts, 52.1 IP
Rich Poythress (Class AA, Jackson) .304, 6 HR, 45 RBI in 86 games
Jeffrey Walters (Class A, St. Lucie) 1-3, 3.76 ERA, 19 games, 0 starts, 26.1 IP
Bryce Massanari (Class A, Modesto) .232, 2 HR, 15 RBI in 26 games
Zach Cone (Class A, Hickory) .262 BA, 17 HR, 64 RBI in 112 games
Alex Wood (Class A, Rome) 4-3, 2.22 ERA, 13 games, 13 starts, 52.2 IP
Levi Hyams (Rookie, Danville) .254, 5 HR, 28 RBI in 45 games
Chase Davidson (Rookie, GCL Astros) .156, 1 HR, 5 RBI in 9 games