8. Lucius Fox
Lucius Fox was projected to go in the second round of the 2015 draft heading into his senior year of high school at American Heritage High in Delray Beach, Florida. Instead, he moved back to his home country of the Bahamas and signed three months later as an international free agent. He received a $6 million signing bonus from the San Francisco Giants. The bonus was a record for an international player not from Cuba.
He took a step forward the following season and worked his way up to AA-Montgomery. He would steal another 29 bases in 2018 and add 20 doubles in 116 games. His on-base percentage remained solid at .351 for the season.
He played in the Arizona Fall League at the end of the season and tore up the basepaths with a .437 on-base clip and he stole seven out of eight bases while driving in 11 runs in just 21 games.
Last season he made the leap to AA-Montgomery to start his age-21 season. Fox stole 37 bases in just 104 games and amassed eight triples. His average left a lot to be desired at .230 but he took 53 walks and earned a .340 average.
He got the promotion to AAA-Durham for 15 games.
Fox was named to the Rays’ 40-man roster this offseason and is likely to begin the year in Triple-A. He doesn’t bring much power with only 11 career Minor League homers and a .325 slugging percentage, but he is a speedster who gets on base.
Fox is growing into the tools that the Rays hold in high regard. He came up as a shortstop but he is currently being worked in the outfield this spring. There’s a good chance we see him make his Major League debut later this season.