By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
PORT CHARLOTTE — Charlotte Stone Crabs shortstop Lucius Fox will sometimes get tweets sent to him which aren’t actually meant for him.
People will occasionally send him 140-character messages intended for a fictional character featured in the Batman comics and movies who has the same name. For those who know he’s a baseball player, they’re curious about whether or not he was named after the Wayne Enterprises CEO.
For the record, he’s not.
“My dad is Lucius Fox also, so you’d have to ask my grandmother,” Fox joked.
Fox is the Tampa Bay Rays’ No. 11 prospect and was recently promoted to the Stone Crabs, where has had an incredible start to his High-A career.
“He’s impressive,” Stone Crabs manager Michael Johns said. “He’s looked comfortable and that’s the first thing you look at when a guy just gets here. He’s as advertised and he’s a really good kid. He’s going to be a good one for a while.”
In five games with the Stone Crabs, Fox has seven hits with five RBI’s and three runs scored. The switch-hitter also had a walk-off single Monday against the Mets. This came after he earned a promotion from Low-A Bowling Green, where he hit .278 in 77 games with 27 stolen bases and 13 doubles.
Although Fox is just 20 years old, he’s had a long journey on the way to becoming one of the Rays’ highest-touted infield prospects.
The Nassau, Bahamas, native began playing baseball as a 7-year-old. He moved to the United States to play high school baseball for American Heritage in South Florida. Prior to his senior year, Fox says he moved back to the Bahamas because his family could no longer afford to send him to the private school.
“They used all the money for school to send me on showcases so I could get exposure to professional and college scouts,” Fox said. “I had to go back to the Bahamas and just put my faith in God and do home school there.
“The scouts followed me to the Bahamas, and saw that I got bigger, faster and stronger.”
The move back home was also a profitable one for Fox. It allowed him to enter the International Free Agent pool rather than the First-Year Amateur Player Draft, which meant the San Francisco Giants were able to sign him for $6 million.
“It was on my 18th birthday when I signed, so that was the best gift ever,” Fox said with a smile.
The Giants traded Fox last season as part of the deal which sent Matt Moore out west while sending Matt Duffy to Tampa Bay. Fox was dealing with a foot injury when he was traded at last year’s deadline, so 2017 is really his first chance to impress those in the Rays’ organization.
Fox recently played in the Futures Game as part of the MLB all-star week. He went 0-for-2 for the World Future team, but did have an RBI groundout in the loss to the USA Future team.
“I’m grateful that they see talent in me,” Fox said of being a highly-rated prospect. “It makes me want to work harder because now I want to be No. 1 (prospect in the Rays system).”
Maybe by then he’ll be as well-known as the character from Batman.