Naturals' Fields wins Texas League Derby

Naturals' Fields wins Texas League Derby

KANSAS CITY -- First baseman Matt Fields gave the hometown fans at Springdale, Ark., a lot to cheer about by winning the Home Run Derby prior to the Texas League All-Star Game hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Royals' Double-A affiliate.

Fields belted 24 home runs in the two rounds of the contest, beating Tulsa's Kiel Roling, 11-6, in the finals on Tuesday night.

This season for the Naturals, Fields has 18 home runs with 49 RBIs and a .238 average in 72 games.

He was one of several Naturals to play for the North in a 6-0 loss to the South in the All-Star Game. Shortstop Orlando Calixte was 1-for-2 with a single and Santiago Garrido pitched a scoreless second inning with just nine pitches. Outfielder Roman Hernandez, third baseman Rey Navarro and catcher Mitch Canham also played.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.