Astros take Fields, Freiman in Rule 5 draft

Astros take Fields, Freiman in Rule 5 draft
December 6, 2012, 12:45 pm
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The Astros used their first-overall selection in Friday morning's Rule 5 draft to take right-handed pitcher Josh Fields.

Fields was chosen out of the Red Sox organization. The Astros also selected infielder Nate Freiman from the Padres organization.

The Astros will pay each team a $50,000 fee for Fields and Freiman, who must stay on the Major League roster for the entire 2013 season or be offered back to their former clubs.

Fields, 27, made 42 appearances between Triple A and Double A last season, going 4-3 with a 2.01 ERA with 12 saves. He owned one of the tops strikeout to nine innings pitched ratios in minor league baseball. He struck out 78 and walked 18 in 58.1 innings  and opponents hit just .183 off of him.

Originally a first-round selection by the Mariners in 2008, he was traded to the Red Sox in 2011.

Frieman, 25, spent his 2012 with Double A San Antonio, where he hit .298 with 31 doubles, 24 homers and 105 RBIs. He was an All-Star in the Texas League. The 6-7 righty was a Padres' eighth-rounder in 2009 out of Duke.

The Astros' 40-man roster now stands at 39 with the additions of Fields and Freiman.

The Astros also took two players in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Friday morning. They took outfielder Michael Burgess and right-handed pitcher Cameron Lamb.

Burgess, 24, hit 2.59 with 22 doubles, 10 homers and 43 RBIs in Double A last season. The lefty was the 49th-overall pick in 2007. He most recently came from the Cubs organization.

Lamb, 23, made it to short-season A last season. In 12 appearances, he had a 2.10 ERA with 19 strikeouts. He was signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent in 2007 out of Australia.