The Jake Fox Watch

Jake Fox continued crushing Triple-A pitching on Monday night. Fox is off to a tremendous start with the Iowa Cubs after a great spring and added two more home runs to his April resume on Monday night.

Fox launched his tenth and eleventh home runs of the year off Nick Green of the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee Brewers). Fox played first base for the I-Cubs on Monday.

The big league club is struggling to score runs right now and while Jake Fox is crushing everything he sees right now, does not have a position defensively he can play.

The Cubs drafted the catcher in the third round back in 2003 out of Michigan University. He made a brief appearance with the Cubs in 2007 before spending most of last season in Double-A…where he put up good numbers.

Fox’s line after 18 games with the Iowa Cubs this season:

.443/.506/1.043/1.549 (31-for-70) with 7 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs, 8 walks and 20 strikeouts

Fox reportedly has a great work ethic and attitude but the Cubs cannot find a place for him to play in the field. He has spent time at first base and in the corner outfield spots the past three seasons. Baseball America described Fox’s defense as “a notch above horrific” with substandard speed, range, hands and arm strength.

Fox should be the first call-up if the minor injuries continue but the fact remains he appears to be able to knock the cover off the ball…but simply cannot catch it.

Quote of the Day

"Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure." - Joe Maddon