Personally, my favorite story out of Sarasota this spring has been the emergence of utility infielder and backup catcher Jake Fox. Since his arrival in Baltimore, Fox has worked hard to earn playing time, has proven he wants to play here in Baltimore and has done nothing but compete when given the opportunity at Spring Training.
Prior to belting his tenth home run of the spring, Jake Fox joined Ed Norris and Steve Davis to talk about his outstanding performance in the Grape Fruit League with the O’s. The Orioles utility man seems eager to get on the field for Opening Day, is looking to prove that he has what it takes to be an everyday player and likes the direction this club is headed towards.
“I knew going into the spring that I had to give them [the organization] a better indication of what I was able to do,” Fox said. While he understands how great his power has been this season, he still isn’t fully satisfied with the result and hopes to continue to refine his swing throughout the season.
Fox mentioned that he had not talked to Buck Showalter about his role this season, but hoped that his play on the field would keep him in the big leagues. When asked his strongest position Fox laughed and said “on the field.” “I really don’t care what position I play,” he said.
Fox hopes to one day be an everyday player and hopes that opportunity comes from Buck Showalter. Moving to various different spots on the field has kept Fox from perfecting one position. “I’m not as good as I could be at one specific position,” he said.
Norris complimented Fox on his attitude and passion for playing for the Orioles under Buck Showalter this season. He recalled an interview with Kevin Millwood prior to last year’s season in which Norris said Millwood seemed like he would rather “chew glass” than play for the Orioles.
Fox stuck through yesterday’s cuts and in all likelihood will make the team as the backup to Matt Wieters and a utility infielder. His spring has definitely earned him at least a spot on that roster.