Detroit Tigers promoting Daniel Fields from AAA

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Long-time Detroit Tigers farm-hand Daniel Fields will finally get his first chance in the big leagues as he will be called up to fill in for Rajai Davis, who is going on paternity leave.

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A local kid, and son of former major leaguer and former Tigers’ hitting coach Bruce Fields, Daniel was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. He chose the Tigers and MLB over college ball at the University of Michigan.

A highly touted prospect, he has horribly underachieved and dealt with injury setbacks during his prolonged ascent up the Tigers’ minor league system. He had a tough year in Toledo last year, hitting just .219 with six homers, but had a very solid Spring Training and has been better with the Mud Hens this season, hitting .271 with three homers and 21 RBIs, posting a .879 OPS.

Whenever he appears in a game, it will be the first major league appearance for the 24-year old. A lot of fans thought perhaps Fields deserved the recent call-up over a Tyler Collins, who was not faring as well as Fields in Toledo. Manager Brad Ausmus said Fields was considered but they ultimately went with the slightly more experienced Collins.

It is unclear when Davis’ wife will give birth, however he will have 1 to 3 days to spend time with his new baby before coming back to the team.

So it looks like Fields’ visit to Detroit likely will be a short one. Hopefully he’ll make the most of it.

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