The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have claimed infielder Tommy Field off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The 27-year-old Texas State product is expected to be optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 24th round (737th overall) of the 2008 MLB draft, Field garnered honors as the organization’s No. 29 and No. 27 prospect in the 2010-11 seasons, respectively, by Baseball America. He was also tabbed by the same publication as the”Best Defensive Infielder” in the Rockies system in 2010.
Field made his big league debut against the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 11, 2011 and has since gone 17-for-76 (.224) with eight runs and three RBI in 33 MLB games between the Rockies (2011-12) and Angels (2013). He last saw action in the majors during a 15-game stint with LAA in 2013.
This season, Field batted .285 (86-for-302) with 18 doubles, four triples, seven home runs, 33 RBI and 55 runs scored in 80 games with Triple-A Salt Lake prior to being designated for assignment on Thursday.
The Indians will announce a corresponding move when Field is activated.