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MLB Draft 2013: Tampa Bay Rays: Johnny Field selected in fifth round

Johnny Field is heading to the Tampa Bay Rays organization

Johnny Field was selected in the fifth round by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2013 MLB Draft
Johnny Field was selected in the fifth round by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2013 MLB Draft
Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

With the 158th overall pick, the Tampa Bay Rays selected Junior outfielder Johnny Field.

The Rays made sure to list him as a second baseman though, which is not surprising at all.

Field played outfield all three years in Tucson after going to high school at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, NV.

But he definitely does not project as a big league outfielder, and it appears the Rays will be trying him out at second base.

Unlike Brandon Dixon, Johnny Field was a three-year starter for the Wildcats, winning the PAC-12 batting title in 2012, and being a Golden Spikes semifinalist in 2013. Field has been great all three years for the Wildcats, and should transition to second base very quickly.

Field will follow in the footsteps of former teammate Joey Rickard to the Rays. Rickard was drafted in the ninth round of the 2012 draft by Tampa Bay.

The Rays have a rookie league affiliate in Port Charlotte, FL as well as affiliates in the Princeton Rays and the Hudson Valley Renegades.

College Stats:

Year Avg. GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG% BB HBP SO OB% SB ATT A E
2011 .297 52 46 175 35 52 15 5 3 32 .491 17 5 22 .368 4 6 2 3
2012 .370 65 65 257 72 95 18 7 3 44 .529 43 11 28 .476 11 19 10 2
2013 .347 55 55 222 58 77 11 7 5 39 .527 25 7 22 .424 16 22 0 3