Sunday, March 16, 2014

Analyzing Oakland Athletics NRI: Sam Fuld

Samuel Babson Fuld was drafted in the 24th Round by the Cubs in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft and declined to sign with the Cubs. The next year he was selected in 10th Round by the Chicago Cubs in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft out of Stanford University when he was 23 years old and signed. Sam waited to start his professional career until the following season (2005) where he started with the Peoria Chiefs where he played 125 games with 133 hits and a .300 AVG. In other words he was on fire. The following season (2006) at Daytona he played 89 games with 106 hits, a solid year shortened by a late season hip injury but his hard work payed off he split the Minor League Season with Tennessee/Iowa and was called up on September 5, 2007 to make his MLB Debut where he came in as a late inning defensive replacement and spent the following season in the Minors with Tennessee/Iowa and played 105 games with 106 hits and a and a .264 AVG the following two seasons he split through the Bigs and Minors and in the 2010 off season he was traded to the Rays along with Chris Archer, Hak-Ju Lee, and Robinson Chirinos in exchange for Matt Garza, Fernando Perez, and Zac Rosscup when he took his new team and new opportunity with out looking back. He started out very hot and had some time in their leadoff spot even turning down hitting for the cycle when needing a single he stretched his base hit out for a double and going to the 2011 HR Derby for his amazing fielding skills and his track record of amazing ESPN caliber running, diving, jumping catches and spent his career with Tampa Bay until this season signing a Non Roster Invitee contract with the Oakland A's
With Craig Gentry's back injury the battle for the outfield position is between San Fuld and Michael Taylor and he has been showing his case this spring and his chance of making the opening day roster look promising for this left handed out fielder living with Type 1 Diabetes. Good luck in the future Mr. Fuld.

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