Matt Fields Powers Naturals

Going into the Texas League home run derby, many expected George Springer to show off his power and win. Instead, Northwest Arkansas Naturals slugger Matt Fields stole the show. Fields launched 24 total home runs, including 11 in the final round to take the title. None of these home runs came cheap either, Fields sent many well over 400 feet and over the Bullpen.

Going into the Texas League home run derby, many expected George Springer to show off his power and win.

Instead, Northwest Arkansas Naturals slugger Matt Fields stole the show.

Fields launched 24 total home runs, including 11 in the final round to take the title.

None of these home runs came cheap either, despite the win blowing out to left field, Fields sent many well over 400 feet and over the Bullpen.

One in the first round was particularly memorable, Fields sent one high into left-center and it went off the top of the lights of Arvest Ballpark.

In the final round, Fields had clinched the derby with six home runs, but wanted to put on a show for the 6,265 fans in attendance and finished the round with 11. "The fans come out and support us every night. I couldn't ask for anything else, It's a great feeling," said Fields.

All season Fields has been the Naturals biggest power threat, leading the team with 18 home runs on his first season with the team. The 27 year old was taken in the 44th round of the 2004 Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, and in his nine seasons, he has moved around the minor leagues. Fields signed a minor league contract with the Royals in October, 2012 and spent some time playing for the Wilmington Blue Rocks before starting this season with the Naturals.

This season in Northwest Arkansas has proved to be his most successful. This season is Fields' second stint in AA, he played 164 games with the Montgomery Biscuits and hit 17 home runs and collected 82 RBI's. In less than half as many games with the Naturals, (71) Fields already has 18 home runs and 49 RBI's.

With the first half of the season coming to a close just last week, Fields is on pace to blow away his career highs in multiple categories, including home runs, RBI's and total bases. Fields power has always been there, standing at 6-5, 235 pounds, but this season has by far been his most successful, peaking with his performance in the Home Run Derby.

"He's got tremendous power," said Naturals manager Brian Poldberg, "On our road trip he hit one over the scoreboard in Little Rock, which I had never seen before. It's a hard place to hit home runs, so hitting one out is one thing, but hitting it over the scoreboard is another."


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