By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
A PAIR of Bahamian minor league baseball prospects hit their first home runs of the season in productive weekends at the plate for their respective clubs.
Washington Nationals prospect Lucius Fox (Rochester Red Wings - Triple A) is enjoying his best hitting stretch since his new assignment and Los Angeles Angels prospect (Inland Empire 66ers - Single A) D’Shawn Knowles extended his hit streak to six games.
Fox had his most successful game since he was optioned to the Red Wings earlier this month when he finished 3-4 with a home run and two RBI against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on May 20.
After going hitless in his first four games with the Red Wings, Fox went 11-25 in his next five games, including three multi hit games and a perfect 3-3 night with a stolen base against the Iron Pigs.
Since he joined the Red Wings, the versatile infielder is hitting .303 with five RBI, three stolen bases, slugging .515 with a .940 OPS.
Knowles hit his home run shot Saturday night against the San Jose Giants. His solo shot in the seventh broke a scoreless tie en route to a 3-0 win.
The Angels’ no.30 prospect in its pipeline, has had a series of late game heroics this season which included a pair of walk-off hits.
For the second time in the series against the Stockton Ports, D’Shawn Knowles delivered late game heroics and another walk-off win for the Inland Empire 66ers.
Knowles currently leads the 66ers with a .331 batting average, 23 RBI, an .889 OPS and nine stolen bases in his second season assigned to the club.
In 84 games last season, he hit .227 with a .280 OBP, a .635 OBP, five home-runs, 48 RBI, and a team leading 31 stolen bases.