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Daniel Fields

#29 | OF
Long Island Ducks
Name: Daniel L. Fields
Born: Jan 23, 1991 in Detroit, MI
High School: University of Detroit Jesuit HS
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
Drafted in the 6th round (180th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 2009 (signed for $1,625,000)
Fields' father Bruce had a brief major league career and won three minor league batting titles before becoming a hitting instructor. Currently the Indians' minor league hitting coordinator, he was the Tigers' big league batting coach in 2003 when Daniel hit a batting-practice homer at Comerica Park--as a 12-year-old, with a wood bat. In addition to good bloodlines, he has a body and a package of tools that scouts can dream on. He's 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds and offers a tantalizing combination of above-average power potential and speed. He's strong and has good lift in his lefthanded swing. Fields has less polish than might be expected of the son of a former big leaguer, but a strong spring has erased his reputation for being more of a showcase standout than a game performer. Fields is athletic, moves well and has a solid arm, but his size makes it likely that he'll move off shortstop at the next level. He projects better defensively as either a third baseman or an outfielder, and it's possible that he could play in center. Fields attends a prestigious private school and has committed to Michigan, so he probably won't be signable as a projected fourth- to seventh-round pick. His dad wants him to stay at shortstop and receive a seven-figure bonus, further complicating matters. He has the tools to blossom into a first-rounder after three years with the Wolverines.
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