The Chicago Cubs have a very good hitter that sits on the bench most of the time. But when has has started, all he has done is hit. He can play many positions including catcher. His name is Jake Fox, and he should be on your radar in 2010.
In 168 ABs, he has hit .286-.333-.530-.863 with 11 HRs and 32 RBIs. Those stats projected over 500 ABs is a 30-100 season. With those stats combined with the fact that the Cubs have had problems scoring runs this season may lead the Cubs to give him more playing time in 2010.
With the said, we learned this from Baseball Prospectus' John Perrotto on Sunday in his On the Beat: Sunday Roundup column:
The Cubs are likely to trade right fielder Milton Bradley this winter, even if they have to eat a large portion of the $21 million left on the final two years of his contract.
Fox was called up to the Cubs back in June after hitting 17-53-.413-.497-.850 in just 160 ABs at AAA Iowa, so its obvious he has accomplished all he needs to in the minors. His only deficiency is he can't catch or field the ball to well. But, will the Cubs decide that his bat will win more games for them than his glove, similar to what the Dodgers and Diamondbacks have done with Manny Ramirez and Mark Reynolds?
Could Jake Fox be the Cubs rightfielder in 2010? If not, I could see the Cubs trading him to an AL team where he would be a perfect DH.