Lucius Fox’s 0 for 3 recreation on Saturday afternoon, after he got here on as a alternative for an injured Josh Bell, left the Washington Nationals’ 24-year-old utility man 0 for 14 over his first six video games performed with the membership since they chose him off waivers from Baltimore’s Orioles, who’d chosen him off waivers from the Kansas Metropolis Royals eleven days earlier this winter.
Signed by the San Francisco Giants out of Nassau within the Bahamas (by way of Heritage Excessive Faculty in Florida) for a $6M bonus in 2015, Fox was then traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016, and subsequently dealt to the Kansas Metropolis Royals in 2020, earlier than he was claimed by the O’s after which the Nationals.
Fox made his MLB debut and his first profession begin again on August tenth, going 0 for 3 with a run-scoring bunt, and after going 0 for 3 in Saturday’s recreation, he was nonetheless hitless on the yr, which is a spot the infielder’s supervisor mentioned loads of gamers have been in earlier than, ready to attach for the primary knock of his/their profession(s) whereas the strain builds.
“There’s been numerous guys who’ve been there, and we instructed him that, and we simply say, hey, maintain battling,” Davey Martinez instructed reporters after the Nationals’ 5-2 loss to the Giants within the second of three in D.C. this previous weekend.
“I believed he labored actually good at-bats at this time, which was good,” the supervisor mentioned.
“Earlier than he was up right here, and he was chasing lots, swinging at numerous first pitches. I believe he’s beginning to perceive that he’s obtained to see some pitches and be able to hit the ball that’s within the strike zone. I believed at this time’s at-bats had been good. He fouled some balls off and stayed on them which I like lots, and I simply inform him, ‘Hey, you’re going to get a success, it’s a matter of time, don’t chase it, simply have good at-bats.’ He smoked that ball to second base, so I mentioned — however you may see what he does on the sphere as properly. He’s a very good athlete, he performs good protection, he can play everywhere in the subject, and he change hits, so we’ve simply obtained to get him to calm down. He will get anxious up there, you recognize, which all of us did at one level once we had been younger, however it would come. I instructed him, ‘Your first hit will come, so simply maintain taking part in laborious.’”
Primarily a shortstop within the minors, Fox performed second, third, and the outfield as properly, however he obtained a begin at third base for the primary time within the majors on Sunday, after taking part in the place twice as a sub. What did his supervisor wish to see from him on the scorching nook?
“For us, one, it’s his footwork, and simply catch the balls,” Martinez mentioned. “The largest factor with him was the throwing, the throwing is slightly bit completely different over there than it’s in the midst of the infield. He’s labored actually laborious on that, and as you could possibly see yesterday, he’s comfy taking part in over there. He made an unbelievable play yesterday over there, and he feels comfy — really he made two good performs, one a fly ball and one a one-hopper, however he feels comfy over there, which is sweet. The large factor now’s among the bunt performs and stuff like that that he needs to be acutely aware of, and we have now to observe him and sort of direct him what to do and the place to be as a result of he’s nonetheless not used to that but.”
Martinez additionally talked at size in regards to the power and focus Fox brings to the membership, and mentioned he hoped that he’d get that first hit out of the way in which prior to later.
“The hitting will come for him,” the supervisor mentioned.
“And the elusive hit for him proper now will occur ultimately, so I simply say, ‘Maintain taking part in laborious. That’s all you are able to do is maintain taking part in laborious.”
Sadly, Sunday wasn’t the day for Fox’s first hit. Although he did begin at third, a couple of pitches into the highest of the primary, he grew to become in poor health on the sphere, vomiting behind the mound to the purpose the place the coach got here out and he was compelled to depart the sport.
“He’s getting remedy, he obtained checked out by a health care provider. He’s slightly bit dehydrated proper now, however he feels lots higher,” Martinez mentioned after the sport.
“Apparently he had a little bit of a abdomen flu, I assume it’s going round, however they gave him fluids earlier than the sport, he was good, he mentioned he was good, he did every thing, and as you may see it wasn’t good.”