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Royals acquire prospect Fox in trade with Rays

Kansas City picks up speedy, switch-hitting infielder for Phillips
August 27, 2020

It isn't Gotham, but Lucius Fox is bringing his impressive tools to Kansas City. The Royals acquired the switch-hitting infielder from the Rays on Thursday in exchange for Major League outfielder Brett Phillips, both clubs announced. Fox was Tampa Bay's No. 26 prospect at the time of the deal and

Toolshed: Rays will make most of middle infield

Tampa Bay boasts six middle infielders among its Top 30 prospects
March 13, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- At some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future when the coronavirus pandemic passes, people are safe, rosters are being set and the season is around the corner, the Tampa Bay organization is going to have some tough decisions to make, specifically in the middle infield of

Rays Send Seven Players to Minor Leagues

Five players optioned,two re-assigned to minor league camp
March 9, 2020

The Rays announced Sunday that five players were optioned to the minor leagues, while two more were re-assigned to minor league camp. Tampa Bay’s roster now sits at 60, which will be reduced to 26 by the season opener on March 26.

Prospect Roundup: Games of June 6

Padres' Urias keeps raking, eight's enough for Braves' Allard
June 7, 2019

Padres SS Luis Urías, Triple-A El Paso: 3-for-5, 3B, RBI, R -- There's been no let up for San Diego's third-ranked prospect, who extended his hitting streak to six games with three hits, including an RBI triple. Urias has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games and posted his

2019 Preview: Montgomery Biscuits

March 15, 2019

Last year, the Montgomery Biscuits were just one game away from reaching the Southern League Championship Series. This year the team has retooled as they look to make history by reaching the playoffs for a fifth straight season.2018 RECORD: 79-61, 1st in the Southern League's North Division2018 PLAYOFFS: Lost in

Former Stone Crabs enjoy first Major League Spring Training

Lucius Fox, Dalton Moats amongst invites
March 8, 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Nine former Stone Crabs players are enjoying their first Major League Spring Training in Port Charlotte after being invited to camp by the Tampa Bay Rays. Reporting to Charlotte Sports Park two weeks before their minor league brethren, the select group of former Stone Crabs are

Top prospects vie for Fall League title

Nats' Kieboom leads Rafters against Brewers' Hiura, Javelinas
November 16, 2018

Championship season is coming to a close. There's just one more ring up for grabs in stateside baseball before the book shuts on 2018.After six weeks of competition, Salt River (16-14) and Peoria (21-9) will square off in the Arizona Fall League Championship Game at 3:08 p.m. ET on Saturday

The Show Before the Show: Episode 185

Rays' Fox talks Fall League success, background in Bahamas
November 15, 2018

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review The Show Before the Show on iTunes. The podcast is also available via

Hiura continues to swing hot bat in AFL

Top Brewers prospect goes deep, drives in five runs for Javelinas
October 27, 2018

No matter where he is on the map, Keston Hiura is always hitting. He was back in form Saturday afternoon. The top Brewers prospect blasted his fourth Arizona Fall League homer as he collected two hits and drove in five runs to power Peoria to an 11-5 victory over Salt River

Recap: Palm Beach silences Stone Crabs 7-1

Fox reaches three times in defeat
June 24, 2018

JUPITER, Fla. (June 24, 2018) - Casey Meisner went seven scoreless innings Sunday to lead the Palm Beach Cardinals to a 7-1 win over the Charlotte Stone Crabs at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.Meisner (4-1) allowed just six hits over his seven spotless frames, striking out two and walking four. The

Fox drives in three in 9-5 loss

Adams' grand slam the difference
June 5, 2018

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (June 5, 2018) - Lucius Fox drove in three runs Tuesday but the Dunedin Blue Jays came back to beat the Charlotte Stone Crabs 9-5 at Charlotte Sports Park.Fox finished the night 3-for-5 with three RBI and two stolen bases. Charlotte (25-29) second baseman Tristan Gray stroked

Stone Crabs drop series at Palm Beach

Tuesday's extra-inning win highlights series
May 31, 2018

JUPITER, Fla. (May 31, 2018) - The Charlotte Stone Crabs dropped two out of three games against the Palm Beach Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium this week. The Stone Crabs' (24-25) effort was highlighted by their extra-inning win on Tuesday:TUESDAY (W 7-2 in 10 innings)After tying the game at two

Miracle homers sink Stone Crabs 6-3

Lucius Fox goes deep in loss
May 8, 2018

FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 8, 2018) - The Fort Myers Miracle used three home runs to beat the Charlotte Stone Crabs 6-3 Tuesday night, evening the series at Hammond Stadium.Fort Myers (15-17) left fielder Mark Contreras connected on two solo shots before the final home run decided the game.With the

Bahamas-born Fox finding his niche in Charlotte

Rays No. 7 prospect triples, drives in two runs on a four-hit day
April 22, 2018

Coming from the Bahamas necessitated a crash course of sorts for Lucius Fox, who didn't play baseball competitively in his native country. It looks like he's getting the hang of it.The Rays' No. 7 prospect tripled, drove in two runs and tied his career high with four hits on Sunday as

Stone Crabs sweep Cardinals with 10-8 Sunday win

Burke earns first win as Charlotte holds on
April 22, 2018

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (April 22, 2018) - After leading 10-0, the Charlotte Stone Crabs held on for a 10-8 win over the Palm Beach Cardinals Sunday at Charlotte Sports Park, claiming their first sweep of the season. The Stone Crabs' (9-8) bullpen surrendered seven runs before Curtis Taylor came in

Sanchez stays scorching for Stone Crabs

Rays No. 4 prospect tallies four hits, reaches five times in rout
April 18, 2018

Jesús Sánchez had his best game of the season Wednesday. And by extension and some measure, his Stone Crabs had their best game ever.Baseball's No. 57 overall prospect continued a torrid stretch at the plate by going 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and his first walk of the

Crabs' bats beat Lakeland 7-4 Saturday

Stone Crabs club seven extra-base hits for first road win
April 14, 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. (April 14, 2018) - The Charlotte Stone Crabs clubbed seven extra-base hits and got four scoreless innings of relief to beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 7-4 Saturday night at Publix Field. The Stone Crabs (3-7) bats came out hot from the first pitch Saturday. Lucius Fox drew a

Rays Prospect Primer: Two for 'The Show'

Adames, Bauers knocking on door; McKay stays on two-way path
April 2, 2018

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2018 season approaching, takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Major League-ready: Willy Adames, SSAdames

Stone Crabs Spotlight: Get to Know SS Lucius Fox

December 4, 2017

Lucius Fox isn't your typical baseball prospect. Complete with a pleasant accent and blazing speed, Fox grew up in the Bahamas, a region not known for producing professional baseball players. "We didn't have the nicest facilities but we made it work," said Fox. "We play a lot of pick-up basketball,

Fox, Lowe take home Rays' Minor League Awards

Fox named Baserunner of the Year, Lowe the Stone Crabs' MVP
October 12, 2017

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte Stone Crabs infielders Lucius Fox and Brandon Lowe were each honored with Rays' Minor League awards following the 2017 season. Fox was named the organization's Baserunner of the Year. The Nassau, Bahamas native stole 30 bases in 2017, ranking second in the Tampa Bay system. After

Double walk-off: Fox, Sullivan sink St. Lucie

Stone Crabs take both games in extra innings
July 31, 2017

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (July 31, 2017) - Lucius Fox and Brett Sullivan both delivered walk-off hits Monday as the Charlotte Stone Crabs took a pair of extra-inning games from the St. Lucie Mets at Charlotte Sports Park.Sullivan delivered both the game-tying and game-winning hits for Charlotte (51-54, 20-17) in Game

Fox continues good start in 5-3 loss to Jays

Stone Crabs miss chance for first home sweep
July 28, 2017

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (July 28, 2017) - Lucius Fox continued his hot start with the Charlotte Stone Crabs Friday, but the Dunedin Blue Jays won the finale of the series 5-3 at Charlotte Sports Park.Fox picked up two more hits Friday, starting his tenure with Charlotte (49-53, 18-16) 5-for-12 with

Toolshed: A look back at 2016's trade deadline

Checking in on the top prospects who were dealt one year ago
July 26, 2017

The date is Aug. 1, 2016. The time, a little after 4 p.m. ET. The dust has settled on the 2016 Major League Baseball trade deadline. Numerous prospects, some the most promising in the game, have been moved to new organizations, and questions abound about what lies ahead for them

Futures Game participants we're excited to see

Jimenez, Kopech, Bichette among prospects to watch on Sunday
July 7, 2017

Eloy Jiménez, World OF (CHC, Myrtle Beach): The Cubs' top prospect nearly stole the show at the 2016 Futures Game in San Diego when he homered and made a spectacular catch in right field. Instead, he lost out on MVP honors to Yoán Moncada, now the top overall prospect in baseball.

Fox delivers career-high four base hits

Rays No. 14 prospect leads 25-hit onslaught in Hot Rods' rout
June 11, 2017

After striking out five times Saturday night, Class A Bowling Green leadoff man Lucius Fox arrived at the ballpark early Sunday with a plan to leave the past in the past. "My coaches came to me and told me just to flush it. Tomorrow is a new day," the Rays' No.