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Five things to know about new Rays OF Johnny Field

The 2013 draft pick joins the team today.
New Rays OF Johnny Field, shown in spring training, has plenty to smile about. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Apr. 13, 2018

Five things to know about new Rays OF Johnny Field:

He was a fifth-round pick in 2013 out of Arizona but never got much attention or prospect status, moving up with hard work and intense play on both sides of the ball, mixing speed and power. He was the Rays' overall minor-league player of the year in 2014 for his play at Class A, then continued to impress in 2015 at Double-A, earned a promotion to Triple-A two months into the 2016 season and had another good year in 2017. In all four of his full pro seasons he has totaled at least 33 doubles and 12 homers.

He's not the first member of the family to be part of a Tampa Bay pro sports team. His dad, John, signed with the Bucs in 1987 as an undrafted safety out of Southern Illinois, but never got to play as a foot injury led to his release that June.

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He is a pretty good wrestler, too. Taking part mainly because his dad was the head coach and devoting only about three months a year as a break from baseball, Field won a high school state championship as a junior (at 171 pounds) and earned honorable mention All-American honors as a senior, going 145-26 overall.

He comes from a winning background. Field was part of four Nevada state baseball championships with Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High (as well as the state wrestling championship), Arizona's 2012 NCAA national championship team, and Triple-A Durham's 2017 national championship squad. (The Wildcats outfield for the final out was Field in left, former Rays prospect and current Oriole Joey Rickard in center and current Rays OF Rob Refsnyder in right.)

He not only was college teammates at Arizona with Refsnyder, but remained close enough friends to be in Refsnyder's offseason wedding. That would be the same Refsnyder whom the Rays acquired from Cleveland at the end of spring training and sent Field back to Durham.

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