Lucius Making Name For Himself In Arizona Fall League


Tribune Sports Reporter


LUCIUS Fox continues to have an immediate impact during his stint in the Arizona Fall League.

Fox finished 2-5 with one home run, three RBI, one stolen base and two runs scored for his Peoria Javelinas in a 10-9 loss to the Mesa Solar Sox.

Fox led the game off with a single on a line drive to left field and was eventually plated on an Evan White ground out for the first score of the game.

Peoria took a 4-0 lead after the first two innings before the Solar Sox responded with eight unanswered runs. Fox helped spark the Javelinas comeback effort in the eighth inning with a three-run home run to score Mario Feliciano and Chris Maiscal. They would take a 9-8 lead but Mesa responded with one run in the ninth to tie the game and scored the go ahead run in the tenth.

He also went 1-4 in the second game of a back to back against Mesa.

In his AFL debut, Fox finished 2-5 with two stolen bases and two runs scored in an 8-7 win over the Glendale Desert Dogs. After striking out in the first inning, Fox singled on a line drive to centre field in his next at bat, stole both second and third and was eventually plated by an Evan White double for the Javelinas' first run of the game. He returned in the fourth inning for another single and scored on a Keston Hiura double.

Jazz Chisholm was named to the roster of the Salt River Rafters but has yet to see action on the field through the first three games.

The two Bahamian players could go head-to-head tonight when the Javelinas host the River Rafters.

Roughly 60 per cent of all AFL participants have reached the Majors, including Hall of Famer Mike Piazza and future Cooperstown inductees Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols. The league has produced 278 All-Stars, 17 Most Valuable Players, six Cy Young Award winners and 29 Rookies of the Year.

The Arizona Fall League attracts many of the top prospects in the minor leagues. Late in the minor league seasons, MLB clubs hold a position draft to determine the players who will participate in the AFL. Most are Double-A and Triple-A players. The league is designed for these prospects to refine their skills and perform in game settings in front of major and minor league baseball scouts and team executives, who are in attendance at almost every game. The 27th edition of the league concludes in mid-November.Fox, ranked No.9 overall among prospects in the Tampa Bay Rays organisation, has been listed as the Rays top prospect in the AFL this season.

Four Bahamians have advanced to the Arizona Fall League in the past three seasons following Champ Stuart in 2016 and Anfernee Seymour in 2017.

Chisholm had a postseason of accolades recognised twice by the Diamondbacks as its Minor League Player of the Year and named an organisational All-Star.

He was chosen as the top prospect at shortstop for the Diamondbacks and finished the season ranked No.2 overall.


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