Nathan Patrick Field...graduated from Heritage High School (CO) in 1994...attended Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas, and graduated from Ft. Hays (KS) State University in 1998...is married to Jamie and has a son, Jacob (2/17/06).
Spent almost the entire season with Colorado Springs (AAA), before being added to the Rockies' roster in September...became
just the second player in Rockies history that was born in Denver...went 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA (9.0 IP, 4 ER) in 14 relief appearances...tied for second on club with his 14 appearances in September...marked his third-most appearances and innings in a season in
his Major League career...allowed runs in just two of his 14 outings...Had his contract purchased by Colorado on September 4, and made his NL debut that night at San Diego, striking out only two
batters faced, Josh Barfield and Mark Bellhorn...was his first ML appearance since April 20, 2005, with Kansas City...would pitch
again in series finale on September 6 at San Diego, allowing walk-off, two-run homer to Paul McAnulty to center field in the 11th
inning...those were the only runs in the game in Rockies' 2-0 defeat, what was the longest scoreless game in Rockies franchise
history to that point...tossed 6.0 shutout innings over next 10 games from September 8-23...Recorded lone win in his Coors Field debut on September 8 vs. Washington, becoming first pitcher ever born in Denver to post a
win in the city, and becoming just fourth pitcher born in Colorado to accomplish the feat...With Colorado Springs, was named the lone reliever on the All-PCL Team at the end of the season, after leading the circuit with
25 saves...went 3-3 with a 4.74 ERA (49.1 IP, 26 ER) in 49 relief outings for the Sky Sox...led staff in games finished (40) and ranked
second on team in appearances...ranked sixth on staff with 55 strikeouts, most among club's relievers, and issued just nine walks.
Made the Royals' Opening Day roster for the second straight year, but made just 7 April appearances for K.C. before spending rest of season at Triple-A Omaha...posted no record and a 9.45 ERA (6.2 ip, 7 er) in his 7 major league outings...allowed runs in 4 of 7 outings as 6 of 9 inherited runners scored...was optioned to Omaha on April 23...went 1-0, 4.91 (22.0 ip, 12 er) in 16 appearances at Triple-A...missed over 2 months with a broken finger on his right hand...allowed 2 runs in 7.1 innings over his first 4 outings before leaving May 7 game with a finger injury...sustained the injury as he delivered a 3-2 pitch to Brad Nelson in 8th inning on May 7 vs. Nashville...was placed on the disabled list May 8 with a fractured right middle finger, near the top of his knuckle close to the fingernail...returned on July 24 and allowed runs in each of his first 5 appearances after coming off DL...did not allow a run over his final 7 games and 8.0 innings beginning Aug. 12...refused an outright assignment to Omaha on Oct. 5, making him a free agent.
Was 2-3 with a 4.26 ERA in 43 games for the Royals...allowed 40 hits and 21
earned runs in 44.1 innings of work...Led the American League and ranked 3rd in the Majors in inherited runs scored
percentage (14.3 percent)...allowed just 5 of 35 runs to score...only Houston's
Brad Lidge (2/30) and Colorado's Javier Lopez (6/46) were better...Compiled a 3.10 ERA in his 1st 27 outings (29.0 IP, 10 ER) and a 6.46 ERA in
his last 16 games (15.1 IP, 16 H, 11 ER)...Pitched 9 scoreless outings in his 1st 10 appearances (9.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER) for
a 0.93 ERA...Earned his 1st win of the season (2nd career) at Toronto on May 3 in KC's
10-inning, 3-2 victory...stranded 3 runners in the 9th inning with the game
tied, 2-2...Earned his 1st career save in KC's 7-6 win at Texas on May 18...entered the game
in the 9th with a 1-run lead and allowed 1 hit...Placed on the 15-day DL on Aug. 14 with a left oblique tear and missed the
remainder of the season...was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sept. 17.
Had his contract purchased from Omaha on June 10...began the season with AA Wichita and was 1-0 with a
3.60 ERA and 3 saves in games with the Wranglers...at AAA Omaha he was 0-0 with a 0.96 ERA in 8 outings with 2
Was optioned back to Omaha on June 15 without throwing an inning for the Royals.
Recalled from Omaha on June 30 between games 1 and 2 of a doubleheader with Cleveland.
Finished with a 1-1 record and a 4.15 ERA in 19 games for Kansas City, allowing 10 ER in 21.2 innings
Pitched a career-high 3.2 innings on June 30 against the Indians...didn't allow a run, gave up a hit
and struck out 3.
Picked up the 1st win of his career on July 4 against Detroit when he threw 1.1 scoreless innings and
struck out 2 in KC's 9-8 victory.
Did not surrender a run from June 30 - July 18, a span of 6 appearances...threw 9.0 innings during
that stretch and gave up just 4 hits while striking out 9.
Surrendered a 458-foot home run to Frank Thomas in the Royals 13-9 victory at Chicago on Aug. 4...it
was Thomas' 2,000th career hit.
Was optioned to Omaha on Aug. 5 to make room for Julius Matos who was recalled after Michael Tucker
was injured when he fouled a ball off of his leg.
Recalled from Omaha on Aug. 6 when Michael Tucker went on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right
Optioned to Omaha on Aug. 8 when Mike Sweeney was reinstated off of the DL...was recalled from Omaha
on Aug. 31 and would have been on KC's potential post season roster.
Began the season with Omaha (AAA) and was recalled by the Royals on April 10.
Made his Major League debut at Cleveland on April 12 (0.1 IP, 1 H)...made 5 appearances for the Royals and did not figure in a decision...compiled a 9.00 ERA in 5.0 innings of work.
Was designated for assignment on June 8 and claimed off waivers by New York on June 12...finished out the season with Columbus (AAA) where he went 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA.
Field logged a 4-2 record with 19 saves and a 1.48 ERA in 52 relief outings for Wichita (AA).
Led the Royals Minor Leagues and finished 3rd in the Texas League in saves...posted the lowest ERA in club history for pitchers with at least 70 innings pitched.
Put together a streak of 15 straight outings without allowing an earned run from April 29-June 12, a span of 21.0 innings.
Minor League Notes
Field originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by Montreal on June 11, 1998...released by Expos on March 29, 2000.
Posted a 3-1 record with 2 saves and a 3.09 ERA in 25 games for Vermont (Short A) in 1998, his 1st professional season.
Started the 1999 campaign with Cape Fear (A), going 4-8 with 2 saves and a 5.40 ERA in 42 games...promoted to Ottawa (AAA) and appeared in 2 games (3.0 IP, 1 ER).
Signed with Sioux City of the Northern League in May, 2000...went 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 11 relief appearances.
Contract was purchased by the Royals from Sioux City on June 29...went 1-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 17 games for Charleston (A) and held hitters to a .215 batting average.