Tag:Jake Fox
Posted on: March 28, 2011 10:24 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/28: Orioles version

By Matt Snyder

3 UP

Luke Scott, Orioles. By the end of the second inning Scott had two home runs and seven RBI after a three-run bomb and a grand slam. Have a day, Luke!

Jake Fox, Orioles. He was outdone by Scott Monday, since Fox only mustered one home run and RBI -- but let's tip our collective hats to the spring Fox put together. He came in fighting for a roster spot, he left with 10 home runs in 73 at-bats, with a 1.137 OPS. Basically, he was the most feared slugger in the Grapefruit League.

Kila Ka'aihue, Royals. Though overshadowed by Fox, the Royals' first-sacker is having quite the spring of his own. Ka'aihue hit his seventh home run of the spring Monday and drove home three -- running that total to 20 RBI in 56 at-bats. He's hitting .411 with an amazing 1.351 OPS.

3 DOWN

Max Scherzer, Tigers. If the Orioles' hitters went that bonkers, someone had to bear the brunt of it, and it was Scherzer. He was dismantled. The ugly line: 2 1/3 innings, nine hits, 11 earned runs, three home runs (see above for the Baltimore culprits). He was already having a rough spring, but now the ERA sits at 10.38. On the bright side, last season Scherzer had a 6.23 ERA and he went on to put up a 3.50 ERA in the regular season.

Jake Westbrook, Cardinals. Only four guys crossed the plate, but Westbrook allowed 13 baserunners in 4 1/3 innings. That's a WHIP of 3.00 and he won't always be able to strand so many runners -- especially with zero strikeouts.

Bud Norris, Astros. The Phillies -- sans Ryan Howard and, of course, Chase Utley -- had their way with Norris Monday. Six hits, four walks and a three-run Ben Francisco bomb doomed Norris, as he allowed six earned runs in five innings and saw the spring ERA balloon to 7.71. Much like Scherzer, however, Norris was brutal last spring and much better when the games actually mattered. Fortunately for the two, the slates wipe clean in just a few days. And fortunately for the rest of us, too, because we need some games that mean something.

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Posted on: March 22, 2011 10:14 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/22: Fox strikes again

Jake Fox

By C. Trent Rosecrans

3 UP

1. Orioles bats -- Jake Fox, pictured, hit his eighth homer of the spring for Baltimore, but he wasn't alone in peppering Yankees pitching on Tuesday. Luke Scott hit a shot over the scoreboard in right-center. J.J. Hardy also homered. The Orioles are slugging .445 this spring, the best mark by an American League team in Florida. The Phillies at .447 are the only Grapefruit League team with a better slugging percentage.

2. Wandy Rodriguez, Astros -- Sidelined the last two weeks with left shoulder tendinitis, Houston's left-hander allowed three hits and an unearned run in four innings, throwing 40 strikes in 60 pitches. Rodriguez is scheduled to start again on Sunday and then face Cliff Lee in the Astros' second game of the regular season.

3. Travis Buck, Indians -- The Indians outfielder had two homers in Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, raising his spring total to four. He had four total homers in 177 at-bats between the minors and the A's last season.

3 DOWN

1. Adam Dunn, White Sox -- Chicago's new slugger struck out three times on Tuesday in an 0-for-4 performance, giving him 22 strikeouts this spring. He's hitting .208/.311/.358 this spring with one homer in a team-leading 53 at-bats.

2. Mike Leake, Reds -- The day after it looked like Leake had his ticket to Cincinnati punched thanks to Johnny Cueto's injury, the A's took BP on the Reds' right-hander. Leake gave up single runs in each of the first two innings on Tuesday and then allowed five in the third, while recording only one out. In all he gave up six hits, seven earned runs, walked four and saw his ERA rise to 9.39. Daric Barton and Coco Crisp both hit solo homers off of Leake.

3. Welington Castillo, Cubs -- A rough day for Castillo, who nearly beat out an infield single, but showed his catchers speed and was thrown out in his only plate appearance of the day. Sure, lots of folks went 0 for 1 on Tuesday, but not many saw their average drop from .706 to .667. Castillo has 12 hits in 18 at-bats, plus two walks, so his on-base percentage is still .700. For those of you not used to that statistic, it's officially "not too bad."

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Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:10 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/17: St. Patrick's Day edition

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Dontrelle Willis3 UP

1. Dontrelle Willis, Reds -- Not only did Willis pitch a scoreless inning to lower his spring ERA to 2.84, he also tripled and scored a run off of Indians' opening day starter Fausto Carmona.

2. Jason Heyward, Braves -- After missing the last five games with back discomfort, Heyward had a two-run homer and scored twice. He's hitting .440 this spring.

3. Jake Fox, Orioles -- The Orioles catcher had two homers in Thursday's 13-3 victory over Pittsburgh. He now has seven this spring, including four in the last three games. Still, manager Buck Showalter said defense will determine whether he makes the club out of spring.

3 DOWN

1. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox -- Boston's closer has had a terrible spring -- and it wasn't any better on Thursday. For the second time this spring, he was lifted in the middle of an inning, allowing four runs on two hits in 2/3 of an inning. He's now 0-1 with a 12.60 ERA this spring.

2. Cliff Lee, Phillies -- Lee gave up homers to Toronto's Juan Rivera and Edwin Encarnacion in a five-run fourth inning. Only three of those runs were earned, but he's given up six earned runs in his last two starts. Just a hunch, but I think he'll be OK.

3. Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies -- Coming into Thursday's game against the White Sox, Jimenez hadn't given up a run all spring. He gave up seven on at Salt River Fields on eight hits.

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Posted on: September 26, 2010 3:36 pm
 

Orioles to give backup catchers more at-bats

Jake Fox Matt Wieters is in the lineup Sunday, but has been riding the pine as of late.

No, the heralded youngster hasn't lost his job. Rather, the Orioles are trying to see what Jake Fox and Craig Tatum bring to the plate as backup catchers.

Fox (pictured) started at catcher for the seventh time on the year Saturday, going 2-for-5. He was the DH Friday with Tatus behind the dish.

"We've got nine or 10 games left, it might come a time in the offseason when we are trying to make calls where we wish we would have done it," manager Buck Showalter told the Baltimore Sun . "We also like our chances to win with him back there, too. And [with] Matt, obviously."

The O's figure to have the backup catcher slot wide open, with Fox and Tatum the best internal options. Fox plays all over the diamond while the 27-year-old Tatum has posted a .272/.344/.300 line in 122 plate appearances.

The Orioles may have another name in mind for backup catcher, however: Victor Martinez. ESPN's Buster Olney mentioned Friday that the Orioles may make a run at the Red Sox backstop.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 4:58 pm
 

O's catcher Wieters to DL

Apparently the All-Star break wasn't sufficient to get Baltimore starting catcher Matt Wieters back into playing condition, and the Orioles on Thursday placed him on the 15-day disabled list. Wieters hasn't played since July 9 due to a hamstring strain.

The fifth pick overall in the 2007 season, Wieters is in his second season in the majors. He batted .288 last season and is at .245 this year.

The Orioles didn't immediately announce a replacement for Wieters on the roster. The Baltimore Sun said backup Craig Tatum would probably keep filling in for Wieters with Jake Fox as his backup, and the Orioles will call up a position player.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 1:51 am
 

Change in offensive approach sunk Fox in Oakland

Jake Fox feels that his time in Oakland didn't work out because the club asked him to change his offensive approach.

Speaking prior to Tuesday night's game in which he he didn't play, Fox said Oakland asked him to take pitches and work counts which runs contrary to his offensive approach.

"The misconception they had of me was that I'm going to go up there and swing," Fox told the San Jose Mercury News

Oakland hitting coach Jim Skaalen said it wasn't aggressivenes that the A's wanted Fox to change. It was over-aggressiveness -- "swinging at stuff that was out of the zone early in the count," he said. " I didn't mind that he was going up there ready to hit. But there's got to be a clear cut plan in mind. That was the thing that he might have taken issue with. But there's talent there."

Fox, who hit .214/.264/.327 in 106 plate appearances for Oakland was dealt to Baltimore for minor league pitcher Ross Wolf June 22. Even though Fox had problems with Oakland's offensive approach, he wasn't pleased that he had to move on.

"We wanted it to work out in the worst way, and it didn't," Fox said. "There's always a part of you that says you missed out on a really good player and you let me go before you really knew what I could do."

The utility player is 2-for-12 in his tenure with Baltimore.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 12:41 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2010 5:53 pm
 

Orioles acquire Jake Fox

Jake Fox When the Athletics designated Jake Fox for assignment, the hope was that Fox would pass through waivers. Oakland is disappointed today, as they swapped Fox to the Orioles for a minor-league pitcher rather than lose him for nothing on waivers.

Even though he's hitting .214/.264/.327 -- which promoted Oakland to place him on waivers -- Fox can catch and play the infield and outfield corners which has tremendous value. At age 27 and with success at the plate with the Cubs in 2009, it's not surprising another team would go after Fox.

To get Fox, Baltimore gave up minor-league pitcher Ross Wolf, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun . Connolly notes that Wolf, 27, has been buried in the minor leagues. On the year, he has a 2.11 ERA in 38 1/3 innings. He has minimal major-league experience with the Marlins. He should provide an adequate relief arm for Oakland should they need to call upon him.

For Fox's part, he's expected to join Baltimore Tuesday and play all over. Expect prospect Chris Tillman to be optioned to the minor leagues to get regular work in the rotation, as Jeff Zrebiec of the Sun notes . While that will save Garrett Atkins' spot, it may only be a temporary reprieve as the team will need to recall Brad Bergesen to make a start on Saturday. Atkins, hitting for a terrible .574 OPS on the year, plays first and third -- positions Fox can handle.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: Tillman was optioned out, and right-hander Cla Meredith was designated for assignment. Additionally, Brad Bergesen will indeed be starting Saturday.

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Posted on: June 13, 2010 7:45 pm
 

A's DFA Fox


The A's have disgnated Jake Fox for assignment, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports via Twitter .

Fox, a former Cub, was hitting just .214/.264/.327 in 38 games for the A's. Fox came into Sunday's loss as a catcher, one of four positions he's played this year, along with left field, third base and designated hitter.

The A's will keep Landon Powell on the roster as Kurt Suzuki returns from the bereavement list.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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