Inside The Ivy: Being that you spent all of last year at Daytona and hit .280, do you feel you should have been here at Double-A sooner?
Jake Fox: That's kind of a loaded question. I had hoped at the beginning of the year that I would start out at Double-A, but obviously they had a different idea about that. I really don't want to go there, because they had an idea of what they wanted to do and a plan for what they wanted done. I'm not going to criticize that. The only thing I can control is coming out and doing what I do every day. I guess it was me being in Daytona that has fueled my fire a little. My only goal in going to Daytona was to prove to them that I didn't belong there. I feel like going there was good in a way, but only because it gave me that next level of motivation.
Inside The Ivy: Do you feel you've added some power to your bat this year? You lead the farm system in home runs in addition to RBIs.
Jake Fox: It would seem that way, and yeah, I've definitely hit with a little more power this year. But I think it's more because of the role I filled there at Daytona. As a team, we really didn't have anybody that was going to drive in runs or be a main offensive producer. Filling in that role, I think I had more RBI opportunities and more opportunities to be successful and to hit with more power because of the position I was put in.
Also, I think one of the things that has added to my power production is my discipline at the plate. I've always been a very aggressive hitter, but this year, I've limited myself to what pitches I can and cannot be aggressive with. I feel I've done a lot better with pitch selection and hitting off-speed pitches, and actually making them throw pitches in the zone that I can handle. In the past, I would chase a lot of pitches and get myself in a hole with two strikes and then go into defense mode.
This year, I've really worked the count, been more patient at the plate and got better pitches to hit, which I think has added to my power numbers. When you get more pitches in the zone, you get more mistakes in the zone and it's easier to hit for power. I feel like those are the two biggest reasons why I have a little added power this season. Even coming here to Double-A, I feel like I've struggled at the plate because I'm adjusting to a new role here. But even then, my plate discipline has been great and I've been laying off pitches that I tell myself I would have swung at a year ago and put myself in a hole.
Inside The Ivy: You know we have to ask you at least one question about the Wolverines. How will they finish up in the Big Ten this year?
Jake Fox: Ha, Ha! I'm really excited this year because there are some great athletes on the team. I know there are some other teams in the Big Ten this year that are pretty darn good. It's funny, because I'm rooming with Aron Weston and he's a big Ohio State fan. I think Michigan will have a big year this year, because it's not a year where a whole lot is expected of them. They finally have this underdog mentality, where a lot of guys play better when there's nothing to lose. That's a dangerous thing. I'm hoping I'll make it to a couple of games this year, but also that we'll make a bowl game.