He got tremendous speed (6.41 60-yard time) that translates easily to the basepaths as a big threat to steal that could possibly steal 30+ bases in the future and the ability to have a tremendous defensive range. His arm strength improved from pretty okay to an above-average one that helps his case to stay at shortstop. He got smooth, quick actions at shortstop and he got really good defensive instincts and he got the potential to a plus defender in the future. I listed in the position that he played as CF and I really think that his instincts, range, arm, and speed will translate really well in the CF and when he gets to the Majors in 3 to 4 years time, CF is pretty open for the Giants and he got a good chance to be in there. His defense could still improve to become a plus defender for us.
He participated in various premiere showcases like Perfect Game and East Coast Pro Showcase when he's still in America. Thanks to that experience, I feel that I am more confident that his advanced tools will translate better than the 16 year olds born in the Carribean. I expect him to start grinding in the Arizona League next season though I would not be surprised if he's in there this year, I am just not sure about the rules. Nonetheless, the Giants nabbed away a potential impact player away from the Dodgers.
My Grades: Hit 50+ (55 ceiling) | Power 45+ (50+ ceiling) | Speed 65 | Arm 55 | Glove 55 | Name 70+ (Can't beat Johneshwy Fargas)
Ceiling: Possible All-Star player Floor: Bench player ETA: Mid-2018/2019
I love the signing for a few reasons.
- First, one of the advantage that he got is that unlike most of the J2 prospects that are 16 years old, he's 18 years old (just turned 18 yesterday so belated happy birthday Lucius if you're ever going to read this!) and his tools are already advanced and are already showing and it's not just that he's just flashing it but still very raw. He's well developed thanks to his work ethic, his coaches and exposure to showcases in America and he should need less seasoning than the ultra raw 16 year Dominicans or Venezuelans that are on par of his talent. A safer bet so to speak.
- Second, even though there's no clear sight for the SS position with Crawford in there possibly for a longer period if he signs an extension and Christian Arroyo nearing on its wings, there's a glaring need in the OF because of the ages of the outfielders of the Giants and their injury history. Aoki and Pence have been bitten by the injury bug and Pagan has been injury prone in the past and I'm projecting them to really regress in the next 3-4 years and there's open spots there for sure. Fox can be the CF for the future for us due to the opportunity.
- Third, the Giants are the frontrunner in merchandizing and marketing jerseys, etc and MLB itself is trying to take some pages out of the Giants business textbook. When Fox develops nicely in the minor leagues and reaches the majors, his name (literally) is a major selling point and can be easily merchandized with the puns and the Batman-related stuffs. He's going to be richer and gonna make the fans happier.
- Fourth and not the least, there's a loophole in the international system where a team can really shell out tons of money to easily fill their system with multi-million dollar prospects and not worrying about the penalty because after all, it's just money and there's an international draft looming in 2017 and the Giants could be bailed by that. The money spent to Fox is still money but why not take advantage of it while the J2 lasts? The Rangers and the Cubs are doing it. Why not the Giants too? That's what they did with the addition of Fox. I probably said too little about my adoration for him but I really, really love the addition of him to our system. It makes our system better, deeper, and more respectful. Overall, I LOVE IT.
At first, I actually thought that I'll name this portion to "Out In Front" just like when a hitter swings early on a changeup but I think it's not appropriate because this is at the end so I decided to name it as "Something Extra" like when a pitcher throws harder (normally a fastball) causing the hitter to swing late, like he "reached back for something extra". That's the inspiration for this segment that I created. I'll maybe create something like "Out In Front" with the hottest topics to cover and "Something Extra" for the tidbits.
- Aside from Lucius Fox, the Giants have reached agreement on other guys that includes C Ricardo Genoves for $550,000 (defensive first C with 1.8-1.9 pop time & the bat can make some contact), OF Franklin Labour for $70,000 plus $60,000 scholarship (6.6 60-yard, mature body, good arm and some hit tool and 70 name), and RHP Jose Marte for $50,000 (pretty skinny frame with some projection and a FB that reaches 93 MPH).
- Christian Arroyo has been on a tear for the past 3 games, batting .750 (9-12), 3 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 2 BB, 2K, 0.786 OBP, 1.500 SLG. Arroyo said this on his article on MiLB.com "I've been working on some stuff with our hitting coach. I went back to basics, working on staying short and trying not to do too much, barrel up on some pitches and make some good swings." ... "That's one thing I'm trying to learn as a young hitter. Earlier in the year, I was striking out a lot and recently, I was striking out a lot, too. I was trying to hit 0-1 pitches over the fence. I've gone back to just trying to put a good swing on the ball and make solid contact." I remembered him saying the same thing in ST and the result of his hot start in this season before hitting the DL. Still worried that he's striking out a ton and not taking a lot of walks but it's easier to make an aggressive hitter to become more patient than a patient hitter to become an aggressive one. He could be promoted to Richmond as soon as next two weeks. You can see my thoughts of him in the first SR series.
- Daniel Carbonell is batting .370 since his demotion to SJ with his latest game he went 3-5 with a HR shy of a cycle. He's proving to us that he's still relevant to our future aspirations and he wants that promotion again to Richmond. I think it motivated him to work the extra mile and it's paying off. He's 24 and I think he's a backup OF at this point.
- Ray Black started for SJ and went 2.2 IP with 1H 2BB 6Ks on a 45-pitch limit. His stuff is way too much for the opponents to handle with a 96-100 MPH FB with a lot of movement (up to 103 when relieving) and partner that with a nasty slurve. I think this is a good way to give him reps because he hasn't been consistently healthy throughout his career and this starting role shouldn't last for long because he's built for the pen as a closer with 2 nasty pitches.
- In Sacramento, Big Mac Williamson has a great game as well, going 4-4 with a 3B shy of the cycle and a BB and Kelby Tomlinson is slowly but surely making his way and understanding the PCL with a 2-4 game. Ty Blach got the start and thrown 6 2/3 innings with 8 H, 3R, 2BB and 3Ks 120 pitches. Chris Capuano is what I'll compare him and that showed tonight as a serviceable starter. The three are the most talented players that's close to the Majors right now and ready to help right away once called. You can see my thoughts on the three in the previous SR series.
- Derek Law's return from Tommy John surgery has been great with an ER in 6 hits and 8 Ks. His 0 BBs are a great sight since that the last thing that the last thing that will come back to a pitcher after TJ is the command. He's so deceptive with the Lincecum-esque delivery and good stuff. He still got a chance to be a part of the bullpen in the future.
- 2015 3rd round pick Jalen Miller is swinging a hot bat so far, batting .440 and 3 steals albeit the short sample size though defensively, he's showing some issues with already his 4th error. 5th rounder Ronnie Jebavy went 4-5 today and has shown good pop (2 HRs so far) and shown good speed (3 steals) and defense. Best Twitter handle winner and supplemental pick Chris Shaw (@SHAWESOME24) hit his first HR this season and has shown that he exhibits patience at the plate (4 BBs vs 4 Ks), making the MLB.com scouting report on him being too aggressive into the bed a bit. 6th rounder Steven Duggar, 7th rounder Jose Vizcaino, and 11th rounder CJ Hinojosa are performing good in Salem-Keizer. Here's to hoping they continue to play well and be Major Leaguers.
This concludes the Lucius Fox special plus a lot of other stuffings in the roasted chicken that's the Giants minor league system. There may be not enough Batman puns in this article though. I hope you enjoy reading this one as well as my previous articles. Now, let's wait for Eddy Julio Martinez to choose between us and the Dodgers as the team that he's going to sign. Cheers!