That's Jake Fox talking. One of the youngest players in the Arizona Fall League at just 22, Fox was a little surprised when he got the call telling him he was on his way to the Arizona Fall League.">
That's Jake Fox talking. One of the youngest players in the Arizona Fall League at just 22, Fox was a little surprised when he got the call telling him he was on his way to the Arizona Fall League.">

Inside the AFL: Jake Fox

"I was about to go home."<BR><BR> That's Jake Fox talking. One of the youngest players in the Arizona Fall League at just 22, Fox was a little surprised when he got the call telling him he was on his way to the Arizona Fall League.

"I was finished up in the Instructional League, and they gave me a call and told me there was an injury and they needed another catcher down here, so yeah, it was kind of a shock."

Fox had a great year for the Lansing Lugnuts of the (Low A) Midwest League, hitting .287 with 14 homers and 55 RBI in just 366 at-bats, and thus was tapped to join fellow Cubs catching prospect Geovany Soto on the Mesa Solar Sox of the AFL.

The Cubs have truly sent the cream of their crop to the AFL. Along with Fox and Soto, top position prospect Brian Dopirak and top pitching prospect Jae-Kuk Ryu are also on the Solar Sox roster.

For a youngster like Fox, intimidation could set in, but he takes it all in stride.

"It's funny because I'm actually older than all those guys, even though they are higher up in the organization. I guess I was a little nervous when I first got here just because I wasn't expecting it, but now I'm a lot more comfortable."

The focus, as it often is for AFL catchers, is on defense.

"You always want to hit, but down here I'm really working on my footwork behind the plate. I'm just trying to carry over what I was working on in the instructional league, and get better everyday."

He is out at the park early, every day. He is talking to the coaches, every day. He is learning, every day.

"This is a huge opportunity for me, for everybody down here. It's a stepping stone, an opportunity for me to extend my season, and that's what everybody down here is looking for. I'm just trying to take advantage of it."

James Renwick covers the Arizona Fall League for Scout.com.

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