Lucius Fox
23-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Tampa Bay Rays AAA
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 one-year contract with the Rays in March of 2020.
Projected for player pool
SSTampa Bay Rays  AAA
June 27, 2020
Fox is projected to be part of the 60-man player pool that will report to the Rays' summer camp, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 22-year-old shortstop was optioned to Triple-A Durham back on March 10, but it now appears he'll be able to continue his development on the team's taxi squad and potentially even see major-league action at some point in 2020. Fox briefly reached Durham for the first time last season, slashing .143/.250/.190 across 49 plate appearances.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Opening year at Triple-A
SSTampa Bay Rays  AAA
March 10, 2020
The Rays optioned Fox to Triple-A Durham on Monday.
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Shielded from Rule 5 draft
SSTampa Bay Rays  AAA
November 20, 2019
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Moves up to Double-A
SSTampa Bay Rays  AAA
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  AAA
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  AAA
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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