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Bahamians lock horns in minor league baseball

Lucius Fox, the first Bahamian to receive a multimillion-dollar signing bonus with a professional baseball club, is starting to swing the bat much better as the season progresses.

Fox ended a match-up with fellow Bahamian Jasrado Chisholm and the Jackson Generals on Sunday, on a three-game hitting streak, matching his longest stretch of the season. He finished 4-for-17 in the series, bringing his average up to .185 as the season nears the completion of its second month of games. His average is still not near where he would want it to be, but it appears that he is getting more comfortable at the plate as the season progresses.

The 21-year-old shortstop has now hit safely in five of his last six games – his best six-game stretch of the season.

Be that as it may, Fox and the Montgomery Biscuits still lost four of five games to Chisholm and the Generals, and opened up a five-game series on the road against the Birmingham Barons last night.

Last season, Fox hit .268 between Single-A Advanced Charlotte and the Biscuits who play in the Southern League in Double-A baseball. He had a career-high 122 hits with 39 RBIs and 68 runs scored. So far this season, Fox has struggled, but as mentioned, he appears to be seeing the ball better. He has just 27 hits in 146 plate appearances in 44 games, and is mired in a .185 batting average – his worst of his minor league career. Fox has two home-runs, 15 RBIs and 24 runs scored. He is in a five-way tie for third in the league in triples, and is 13th in runs scored.

Fox and Biscuits sport a 29-20 win-loss record, and lead the Southern League North Division standings by a half game over Chisholm and the Generals (28-20).

As for Chisholm, another 21-year-old Bahamian shortstop, he had just one hit in 14 at-bats in the five-game set against the Biscuits. That one hit was his 11th home-run of the year, and brought his slugging percentage up to .450.

Chisholm is second in the league in home-runs, but continues to struggle with his batting average. He is hitting just .155 for the season with 20 RBIs and 27 runs scored. However, he remains on pace to surpass last year’s home-run total of 25 which is a career high in the minors for him. Almost half of Chisholm’s hits this season have gone for home-runs. He is in a four-way tie for fifth in the league in runs scored, 11th in the league in slugging percentage and in a five-way tie for 17th in RBIs.

Chisholm and the Generals started a five-game set at home against the Chattanooga Lookouts last night. They play their home games at the Ballpark at Jackson in Jackson, Tennessee.

Prior to losing four out of five to the Generals, Fox and the Biscuits took on another Bahamian, Anfernee Seymour, and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. They won three out of the five games in that series.

Fox had just two hits in 13 at-bats in that series while Seymour swung a hot bat, going 4-for-9.

Seymour is batting .220 on the season. He has 18 hits in 82 at-bats, no home-runs and five RBIs. He has scored seven runs.

After going 4-for-9 against the Biscuits including his third multi-hit game of the season, Seymour extended his hitting game to four games with a hit in three at-bats against the Mississippi Braves.

However, the 23-year-old Bahamian outfielder has gone hitless in five straight at-bats. They opened up a five-game set at home against the Mobile BayBears last night. 

The Jumbo Shrimp sport a 19-31 win-loss record, and find themselves in last place in the Southern League South Division. They play their home games at Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville, Florida.

Sheldon Longley

Sports Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting

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