It isn’t often that we write about a bench warmer, but this is a bench warmer that you should know more about.
Jake Fox – Minor League Stats
His name is Jake Fox and he was simply tearing up the minor leagues before being called up to the Chicago Cubs last week. Take a look at these stats for Fox in the minors:
- .423 batting average
- .503 on base percentage
- .886 slugging percentage
- 17 home runs
- 50 RBI
- 14 doubles
- 2 triples
- OPS of 1.389
All this in 40 games at Triple-A Iowa. When he got the call to the Bigs on May 27, he was on a 17 game hitting streak.
Fox without a Home
The problem is that Fox is a man without a position. His best position is DH, but the Cubs don’t often need one of those. If he has to play the field, it’s first base, but the Cubs are very deep there. He’s played 1B, 3B, DH, LF, RF, and C this year already at Iowa.
While there are some serious question marks surrounding Fox’s defense, his power is unquestioned. As if 17 homeruns in 40 games aren’t enough, Fox has a 94 out of 100 ranking in the power category at The Baseball Cube.
Fox, 26, hails from Indiana and attended the University of Michigan. He’s 6′ 0″ and 210 pounds. Fox was a third round pick in 2003 and saw some limited major league action in 2007, but none last year.
Fox Fantasy Forecast
At this point, we can’t recommend picking up Fox unless the Cubs suffer an injury to a starter or perhaps you’ll want to pick him if they Cubs are on the road during an interleague week. He has been taking some ground balls at third base in practice, but his defense remains suspect. An interesting possibility would be to put Fox in LF and move Alfonso Soriano to 2B.