Finally, the Seattle Mariners signed their first-round draft pick of 2008. Sure, he's not a starting pitcher or a big bat in the lineup, but he is a future lights-out closer.
Every team needs a closer, that's obvious. But it's even more important to have a good one on staff, one that can save a game for the team. Could Joshua Fields arrive in Spring Training and dominate his way to being the every-day closer in 2009?
Yes, he can, but it sure won't be easy. The other candidates are Mark Lowe, Miguel Batista, Roy Corcoran, Tyler Walker, Tyler Johnson, David Aardsma, and Cesar Jimenez.
If Brandon Morrow somehow doesn't win a job in the starting rotation, he will be the favorite to be the future closer. Of course, we can't knock out reliever Shawn Kelley out of the mix just yet. He is young and effective.
Fields is said to have the same type of throw as Tim Lincecum, only as a closer not a starter. Is Joshua Fields the next Jonathan Papelbon? Brad Lidge? Francisco Rodriguez? I think so, as rarely does a closer get picked so early in the draft, if ever, so we all know that Joshua Fields is a special case.
He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2007, but never signed, and there were fears present of that happening with the Seattle Mariners.
So just keep your eye on the young Joshua Fields, but don't expect him to emerge as the closer in 2009, although he could.
Good luck Joshua Fields, you finally signed!