Goldschmidt, Field, Miller invited
to major-league training camps
Three former Texas State baseball players are working out with their major-league teams this spring as they prepare for the upcoming season.
Paul Goldschmidt, Thomas Field and Matt Miller are “non-roster invitees,” which means they are practicing with their organization’s major-league players this spring but are not officially on the major-league roster.
Typically, teams have anywhere from 20-30 non-roster invitees early in spring training, then gradually send the players back to their projected minor-league teams as workouts and exhibition games progress.
Miller is with a new organization this year, the Philadelphia Phillies. Drafted in the 13th round by the Colorado Rockies in 2004, he has been named to all-star games in Triple A, Double A and Class A. An outfielder, Miller is a career .313 hitter in the minors.
He was the Southland Conference newcomer of the year and freshman of the year for the Bobcats in 2004.
Goldschmidt, who was drafted in the eighth round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009, was named the most valuable player in the California League last season. He led the league in home runs, doubles, total bases and on-base-plus-slugging percentage, and he also was second in runs batted in and hit .314. He is a first baseman.
Goldschmidt was the SLC player of the year for the Bobcats in 2009 and the SLC hitter of the year in 2008-09. He holds the Texas State record for most career RBI, home runs, doubles and total bases.
Field, a 24th-round draft pick of the Rockies in 2008, was fifth in the California League with a .397 on-base percentage last season. He was credited with two standout plays to help the Scottsdale Scorpions to a 3-2 victory over the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League championship game.
Field was named All-SLC for the Bobcats in 2008.