Rockies Give Field Major Surprise





DENVER—Last year, Tommy Field unexpectedly went to the Arizona Fall League. That was a mild surprise compared to what happened in  September.

Injuries to shortstops Troy Tulowitzki, Jonathan Herrera and Chris Nelson caused the Rockies to summon an astonished Field to Colorado six days after Double-A Tulsa's season ended. The day he arrived in Denver, Field made his major league debut, and he made 12 starts overall, hitting .271/.314/.271 in 48 at-bats. Field, 24, called his promotion to the big leagues "surreal," since it wasn't even a vague notion when he finished the year hitting .271/.357/.418 with a career-high 17 home runs at Tulsa.

After hitting .284/.397/.466 at high Class A Modesto in 2010 with 15 homers, Field ended up going to the AFL last year as a replacement for injured shortstop Hector Gomez.

Drafted in the 24th round in 2008 out of Texas State, Field has drawn comparisons to grinders like Randy Velarde and Jamey Carroll. Considering he's 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, Field has shown surprising power. But he has a tendency to get too far onto his back side and hit the bottom of the ball.

"The bat head drops, which causes the ball to flare off to right or pop straight up," Field said. "The focus right now is just to be on top of the ball, stay balanced and just drive it.

"I have to really concentrate and focus on being balanced and at center when I'm at contract instead of falling either front or back. My problem is falling back. So I work in the cage to try to get that feeling every time."

ROCKY ROADS

• Righthander Rob Scahill replaced lefthander Drew Pomeranz in the Arizona Fall League. Pomeranz made four September starts for the Rockies, and his velocity was down after a hectic season that included getting traded by the Indians and an emergency appendectomy Aug. 20.

• Gomez had two hits in his first start (his second game) in the majors. But back spasms caused the oft-injured shortstop to miss the final 11 games.