Jake Fox leads list of fantasy wild cards
March, 24, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
A year ago I was all aboard the Jake Fox bandwagon, as much as any reasonable person could expect to be. Fox certainly possesses power; fantasy owners and the Oakland Athletics needed some, and naturally I figured the defensively challenged slugger would see ample playing time. It didn't happen, and it wasn't all the team's fault; Fox showed little at the plate and eventually was dumped on the Baltimore Orioles, where he was also largely irrelevant.
As many of you are a bit too much aware, Fox is having a monster spring, with eight home runs and a .860 slugging percentage through Tuesday's games. No other player has hit more than six home runs. I would argue against overrating spring statistics, but this simply means a guy with power is showing it, in part because he's seeing so much playing time. The thing is, I'm seeing Fox start to get selected in drafts that aren't, frankly, deep enough. He's more likely to duplicate his 2010 than suddenly turn into Jose Bautista.
AP PhotoJake Fox has a respectable 20 homers in 489 career major league at-bats.