By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
BOTH Jazz Chisholm and Lucius Fox have seen early action in Major League Baseball Spring Training as non-roster invitees with their respective clubs.
In his second spring training appearance with the Tampa Bay Rays in the Grapefruit League, Fox is 3-6 at the plate with one RBI and scored two runs through three games.
Chisholm and the Arizona Diamondbacks are in the Cactus League and through four games he is 1-5 with one RBI and one run scored.
Fox’s best game thus far came in an 11-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. As a part of a 10-run rally in the eighth inning, he hit an RBI single to centre field to score teammate Nick Solak and returned later in the inning to hit another single before he was eventually plated by a Jesus Sanchez three-run home run.
Chisholm got the defensive start in Tuesday’s 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs. In a 12-3 win over the Cleveland Indians, he singled on a line drive to right field in the top of the 9th inning.
Chisholm heads the list of Bahamian minor league standouts who officially became the No.1 overall prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Just last month, he was listed at No.60 overall in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100, one of 36 prospects on this year’s list who did not make the list just a year ago. He was also one of 12 shortstops and 32 international signees on the list representing 10 countries. Chisholm was also recently listed as one of the top 10 shortstop prospects in all of the minor leagues by MLB Pipeline.
In 2018, Chisholm was recognised twice by the Diamondbacks as its Minor League Player of the Year and was also named an organisational all-star. He spent the season between the Single-A Kane County Cougars and the Single-A Advanced Visalia Rawhide.
On the season between two clubs, he hit .272 (124-456)/.329 OBP/.513 SLG with 23 doubles, six triples, 25 home runs, 70 RBI, 39 walks, 17 stolen bases and 79 runs scored in 112 games
A Midwest League midseason All-Star, Chisholm, 20, led all D-backs farm system players in home runs, and ranked among the leaders in runs (3rd), triples (T-5th), RBI (7th), slugging pct. (8th) and walks (T-9th)
Fox continues his progression through the Tampa Bay Rays organisation, achieved two All-Star appearances and reached the Double-A level. He concluded the season with an Arizona Fall League Championship for the Peoria Javelinas in a 3-2 win over Chisholm’s Salt River.
Fox advanced to the Double-A level for the first time when the Rays assigned him to the Montgomery Biscuits last season.
In 27 games with the Biscuits, Fox hit .221 with a .284 OBP, four stolen bases, 23 hits, three doubles, one triple, nine RBI and 14 runs scored. He previously spent 91 games with the Charlotte Stone Crabs of Single-A Advanced of the Florida State League. He hit .282 with a .724 OPS, .371 OBP, 23 stolen bases, 99 hits, 17 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 30 RBI and 54 runs scored. He was named to the Florida State League’s Southern Division All-Star Team at the midseason classic.