Lucius Fox
22-Year-Old ShortstopSS
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Lucius Fox in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Giants in July of 2015 that includes a $6 million signing bonus. Traded to the Rays in August of 2016.
Shielded from Rule 5 draft
SSTampa Bay Rays
November 20, 2019
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Protecting Fox from the Rule 5 draft was probably a borderline call for the Rays. The 22-year-old shortstop is a quality defender and 70-grade runner, but he hit .230/.340/.342 in 104 games at Double-A and hit .143 with a 30.6 percent strikeout rate in 15 games at Triple-A. Look for him to spend all of 2020 in the upper levels of the minors.
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Fox struggled after a late-season promotion to Double-A, but his body of work at High-A Charlotte over the bulk of the year was impressive for a player who was was only 20 years old for most of his time there. He flashed a discerning eye (10.4 BB%) and improved bat-to-ball skills, trimming his strikeout rate to 19.6%, from 25.2% at that level in 2017. Fox does not provide power but does possess 70-grade speed, and it was on full display, with Fox swiping 23 bags with Charlotte and 29 bases in total (38 attempts). After the move to Double-A Montgomery, Fox got extremely pull happy (57.7%) and his production tanked, though the silver lining is that he at least continued to make contact (16.7 K%). He's done well in his return trips to levels so far in his career, so there is some hope that Fox can overcome the Double-A wall and improve offensively with Montgomery this season, forcing his way into the Rays' 2020 plans at shortstop.
It is easy to dream on Fox, a likely shortstop with the speed to steal 30-plus bases annually, but after two years in pro ball, he is still much more projection than substance. He rode a .371 BABIP to a .278 average at Low-A -- by far his best mark in three pro stops. However, that average was driven by a lot of weak contact, with 78.6 percent of his hits going for singles, leading to a .083 ISO -- a bottom 20 mark in the Midwest League. He is never going to be a plus defender or significant power threat, so he will need to get on base at a really solid clip to profile as a regular. Even though he struggled mightily to do damage after a promotion to High-A, he still walked at a 9.2 percent clip, so there is reason to be optimistic in that regard. If everything clicks, he’ll be a throwback shortstop who hits for a high average, gets on base at a .360 clip and is a force on the bases.
The switch-hitting Fox was sent to Tampa from San Francisco in the Matt Moore deal, but missed several weeks upon arrival with a bone bruise in his foot. The 19-year-old shortstop boasts excellent speed and there's hope he can add some power in time. Given his age, his game is naturally still in need of plenty of seasoning, but his athleticism is believed to be more than sufficient to allow him to eventually thrive at the big-league level. A season at full health should provide much a better perspective of where Fox is in his development and what his trajectory may look like.
Fox is one of the more intriguing international free agents, as he moved from Florida (where he played high school baseball) to his birthplace, the Bahamas, so that he could sign as an international free agent. He was the No. 4 international prospect according to Baseball America, and happened to turn 18 on the day he signed. Fox is an excellent athlete with great speed and a good feel for hitting from both sides of the plate. The potential five-tool player could end up at shortstop or in center field. Given his age and talent, he should be considered one of the most appealing dynasty league prospects from this signing period. With the Giants having middle infield covered for the near future, it would make sense for them to attempt to convert Fox into their center fielder of the future.
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Moves up to Double-A
SSTampa Bay Rays
August 4, 2018
Fox was promoted to Double-A Montgomery on Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Thriving at plate with High-A Charlotte
SSTampa Bay Rays
May 22, 2018
Fox is slashing .304/.368/.378 with eight extra-base hits (six doubles, one triple, one home run) and 11 RBI over 165 plate appearances for High-A Charlotte.
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Bangs out four hits
SSTampa Bay Rays
April 22, 2018
Fox went 4-for-5 with a triple, a stolen base and two RBI for High-A Charlotte in the club's 10-8 win over Palm Beach on Sunday.
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Suffers contusion
SSTampa Bay Rays
Knee
March 23, 2018
Fox sustained a left knee contusion during Friday's batting practice session and will remain sidelined as a precaution, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Promoted to High-A
SSTampa Bay Rays
July 26, 2017
Fox was promoted to High-A Charlotte on Wednesday.
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