MLB Youth Movement

May 27, 2009
The Cubs and the Orioles are infusing some young talent.  The Cubs called up Jake Fox, who has absolutely murdered Minor League pitching at Triple-A Iowa.  Through 40 games Fox hit .423 (63 for 149) with 40 Runs, 14 Doubles, 2 Triples, 17 HRs, and 50 RBIs.  His slugging percentage was .886 with a 1.389 OPS.  Fox is a converted Catcher who will use him at OF, 1B, and 3B according to ESPN’s Bruce Levine.
Baltimore will finally give Matt Wieters the call on Friday.  He has been Baltimore’s top prospect the past two years according to Baseball America.  He struggled initially, but is hitting .305 (43 for 141) with 25 Runs, 9 Doubles, 2 Triples, 5 HRs, and 30 RBIs through 39 games.  He raked at Georgia Tech hitting .359 with 35 HRs and 198 RBIs in his three collegiate years.  He had little trouble making the adjustment to the Minor Leagues hitting .345 with 15 HRs and 40 RBIs in 69 games for Advanced Single-A Carolina and .365 with 12 HRs and 51 RBIs in 61 games for Double-A Bowie Baysox.
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  1. Rad
    May 27th, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    With what Tampa did last year and the elimination of “greenies” to help older veterans, I think a lot more teams will be calling up young guys sooner than than originally planned. Fox might be worth a look once Yahoo makes him available as a free agent. Good stuff Les.

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    May 27th, 2009 at 11:43 am #

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  3. LestersLegends
    May 27th, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Fox is available. I grabbed him in a couple leagues.

  4. Rad
    May 27th, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    Sweet, I’m going in.

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