On Saturday, former Texas Longhorns pitcher Kamron Fields, who entered the NCAA transfer portal after graduating this spring, announced that he will spend his final season with the Texas Southern Tigers.
“First and foremost, I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey over the last three years at the University of Texas,” Fields wrote. “I will always be grateful for my time as a Longhorn. I’ve made relationships that will last a lifetime and memories that I’ll never forget.
“When I came to campus, my only real goals were to get my degree and put myself in a position to succeed in professional baseball. But now, with racism, injustice, and inequality continuing to plague our society, I have found a new purpose.
“It’s time. It’s time for me to stand for my beliefs and represent something bigger than myself.
“With that said, I am proud to announce that this fall, I will enroll at Texas Southern University to pursue my Master’s degree and play baseball.
“I look forward to joining the Tiger Nation. Thank you.”
After falling out of the rotation for the Longhorns before graduating with a degree in Corporate Communications, Fields will have a chance to contribute heavily for the Tigers as one of the most talented pitchers in the SWAC.
The talent of Fields has never been in question — he arrived at Texas after an impressive prep career at quarterback at Lakeview Centennial that earned him 10 offers to play college football, including Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, and Utah. Fields also had some promise as a position player thanks to his speed — he hit .426 and stole 28 bases as a junior — but struggled at the plate in Austin, only hitting .077 in 26 at bats.
On the mound, Fields showed promise with his fastball-slider combination with a 1.82 ERA in 15 appearances as a freshman that included two saves. His control was an issue, however, as he walked more batters (22) than he struck out (16.). The control problems persisted in 2019 as Texas struggled to put healthy catchers on the field when Fields threw 13 wild pitches and hit five batters. In the shortened 2020 season, Fields only made four appearances, giving up two home runs in only five innings.
So Fields is no sure thing at Texas Southern, but he’ll have more opportunities and if his control finally improves, he could get that shot at playing professional baseball.