Updated: Thursday, 19 Jul 2012, 10:04 AM MDT
Published : Thursday, 19 Jul 2012, 10:04 AM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Before New Mexicans knew Albuquerque Isotopes third baseman Josh Fields for his skills on a diamond, many may have seen his work on the football field.
“I kind of knew going into college that I expected to be there three years and then go and get drafted and go” says Fields.
Fields is referring to going to the big leagues, which in 2006 he made his debut for the Chicago White Sox. That was two years after being drafted 18 th overall by the White Sox.
Just six years and four teams later, Fields has found himself in Albuquerque trying to make the Dodgers club.
He has been a top prospect throughout high school and college, where he played for Oklahoma State.
However, many do not know that Fields played two sports at both levels, the other being football.
“There is a lot of good and a lot of bad with it” Fields said. “A lot of people don’t know you have to turn in homework too when you're playing two sports in college but I had fun. I think if I was 18 coming out of high school again and had that choice to make I might reconsider knowing what I know now the things I had to go through. ”
Fields lettered all three years for the pokes before being drafted. He still holds a passing record for 307 yards in the Cotton Bowl Classic loss to reigning Super Bowl Champ, former Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning in front of a crowd of over 73,000.
“A lot of guys are young and get to the big leagues the crowd is kind of overwhelming” Fields said. “I already played in front of 100,000 people so being in that situation in college really helped me out when I got to professional baseball.”