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, just a lot of sports in the yard. For baseball, we used a broomstick and a rock and hit those. For basketball, we used a crate. The beaches are beautiful. It's just so much fun. I'm proud to be Bohemian."
Fox looks more like an Olympic sprinter than a baseball player, but he was able to turn his physical gifts into on-field results in 2017. Fox hit .266 over 106 games between Low-A Bowling Green and High-A Charlotte, drawing 45 walks and connecting on 22 extra-base hits.
"Both offensively and defensively, I've made great strides," Fox said. "Defensively, I'm more consistent. Offensively, I'm getting there. I'm not where I want to be yet but I'm driving the ball more. I feel like I put myself in good counts by taking pitchers' pitches for balls."
Once on the base paths, Fox used his legs to steal 30 bases, the second highest total in the Rays' organization. After the season, Fox was honored as the organization's Baserunner of the Year.
Fox spends his offseasons back home in the Bahamas, where he will continue to work on his swing this winter.
"I started to put in a leg kick," Fox said at the end of the 2017 season. "I'm going to work on that and timing pitches so I'll be more on time with the fastball next year. You should see some more home runs and doubles in the near future."
Like most Minor Leaguers, the offseason is more than just continuing to work hard. It often provides a few months to spend time with the family and re-unite with old friends. Fox says he has one home-cooked meal in mind for his return.
"My mom makes curry chicken and white rice every time I come home and I'll eat it for like a week straight."
With a brand new leg kick and a stomach full of curry chicken and rice, Fox figures to be one of the stars of the team when he comes back to Port Charlotte in 2018.
For more Stone Crabs Spotlights on the potential 2019 team, continue to visit stonecrabsbaseball.com throughout the offseason.
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