After not being selected on the first evening of the draft, it was widely assumed that U-D Jesuit shortstop Daniel Fields would slide far enough to fulfill his commitment to Michigan.
However, the Tigers surprised many people by selecting Fields in the sixth round earlier today, and although the senior wasn't surprised to hear his name called, he was surprised when it was the Tigers who did.
"I wasn't surprised because I had heard I could go on Tuesday," a happy Fields said on Wednesday. "I was surprised they took me, because I hadn't heard from them. It's very exciting."
Through his first 18 games, Fields had enjoyed a superb season by hitting .630 with 12 homers, 35 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. The senior added he was planning on playing for A. Green this summer, which is one of the top travel teams in the country.
Fields is a player that pro scouts can dream with his tools. He has the ability to hit for above-average power and has very good speed, and although he may not be a shortstop long-term, he could move to third base or even in the outfield.
The son of former Tigers hitting coach Bruce Fields, Daniel grew up around the professional game, and regardless of whether he signs or not, that will help him make the transition to either the college or pro game.
"It will help me a lot," Fields said. "Just seeing their routines. I think it's a big-time advantage."
As far as being drafted by the hometown team, Fields said it was something he thought might happen, but was pleased when it came to fruition.
"It's something I thought about," Fields said. "It's very exciting to be taken by them."
Over the next two months, the million-dollar question literally will be whether or not the Tigers can sign the Michigan recruit. Fields said today that nothing was in place, but he thought it could work out.
"There is no deal in place, but I'm confident in getting a deal done," Fields said.
It should be duly noted that the Tigers inked shortstop Cale Iorg for $1.5 million two years ago on deadline day, and the parallels between Iorg and Fields are eerily similar. Along with first-day picks Jacob Turner and Andy Oliver, the next two months should very interesting for Tigers fans to see if they can add some much-needed, blue-chip talent into the system.