Lucius Fox
21-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Tampa Bay Rays AA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $6 million deal with the Giants in July 2015.
Moves up to Double-A
SSTampa Bay Rays  AA
August 4, 2018
Fox was promoted to Double-A Montgomery on Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Fox is a classic shortstop prospect with the ability to make good contact and be a threat on the bases but without real power. He's lived up to that so far this year, hitting .282/.371/.353 with 23 steals but just two homers in 89 games for High-A Charlotte. That's a profile that plays in the majors, but he'll have to keep making good contact as he rises up the levels and prove he can stick at short. The fact that he cut his strikeout rate (from 25.2 percent to 19.6 percent) while raising his walk rate (from 9.2 percent to 10.4 percent) in his second taste of High-A ball is certainly a good sign.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Thriving at plate with High-A Charlotte
SSTampa Bay Rays  AA
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  AA
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  AA
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  AA
July 26, 2017
Fox was promoted to High-A Charlotte on Wednesday.
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Drives in run in All-Star Futures Game
SSTampa Bay Rays  AA
July 10, 2017
Fox went 0-for-2 with an RBI groundout during Team World's 7-6 loss to Team USA in Sunday's All-Star Futures Game.
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