Lone Star Dugout Q&A: Adam Fox

In his fifth season with the Rangers organization, Frisco infielder Adam Fox has started to make a name for himself. After an impressive showing in spring training, the 25-year-old has hit around .300 at the Double-A level this season. Lone Star Dugout has an interview with the Ohio University alum.

The Rangers drafted infielder Adam Fox in the 10th round of the 2003 draft. Though he has been in the organization for parts of five seasons, the Ohio University wasn't a particularly well-known name until this year.

Fox finished his collegiate career as one of the top hitters in school history, finishing second on the all-time list with 38 home runs. In 2003, he hit .366 with a team-leading 14 home runs and 61 runs batted in.

In his first full season of professional baseball, Fox belted 15 home runs while splitting time at second base and third base for High-A Stockton. He hit just .255 between Single-A Clinton and Double-A Frisco in 2005 while also struggling at the plate in 2006.

Coming into the 2007 season the 25-year-old infielder was able to appear in a few Major League spring training games. He posted five hits, including a double, in nine at-bats.

Fox has carried that momentum into this year, as he is currently hitting .298 in 60 games with the RoughRiders. Though he entered the season primarily as a bench player, Fox has played his way into an everyday role with the club.

Lone Star Dugout caught up with the versatile infielder after a recent game.

Jason Cole: Can you give me your general thoughts on your season so far?

Adam Fox: As a team, it has been great. We've got a great squad, probably the best team I've ever played for. We won the first half and played really well down the stretch when we had to win some games. We took care of business against Corpus, San Antonio, and the other guys. It was definitely a team effort and everybody played really well. I can't complain.

Cole: You got some time in Major League spring training this year and went 5-for-9 at the plate. Can you talk about your experience of getting to play with the major leaguers and how do you think that helped you for this year?

Fox: First of all, the opportunity to go up there, play in some games, and get some at bats is just tremendous. You get to see what it's like at that level. The game doesn't change, but everybody is a tad bit better. That's how it works. It has carried over a little bit into this season confidence-wise, knowing I can compete at that level. I think it will help someday when I get my opportunity, and I think I will. I think it has helped me stay focused everyday and to keep my eye on the prize. It can give me that extra momentum to carry me through the season. It's just a tremendous experience to go up against some of the best pitchers in the game and play beside Michael Young and play on the same field as Mark Teixeira. It is definitely an experience you don't forget.

Cole: You struggled a little with Bakersfield last year, but you're hitting about .300 at Double-A this year. Have you made any adjustments between the two seasons?

Fox: I'm healthy. I broke my hand last year. I felt great at the beginning of the year before I got hurt. I had a hand injury and your hands are so important. They told me I was going to be out 10-to-12 weeks and I came back in six or seven weeks. I did everything I could to get back on the field and sometimes I think that hurts you. You don't take the time to make sure you're totally healed. I thought I was. It was just the pain everyday of going through and swinging the bat. I struggled a little bit here and there. I had some good runs and some bad runs. I wasn't as consistent as I've been this year. I've made some adjustments here and there. My swing is my swing. People say you can change your swing, but your swing is there and you make small adjustments everyday. I think the environment we play in, we've got a lot of fans and it's definitely a great atmosphere to play in. I think that has to do with it too.

Cole: Can you describe your general approach at the plate?

Fox: My general approach, I just try to stay up the middle and look for something over the plate, as in something around my waist. Sometimes I chase, sometimes I don't. It is good to be aggressive and it's good to let it go once in awhile. Sometimes you've got to back it off, look at some pitches, and see where your timing is at. If I stay up the middle, don't try to hit home runs, and hit line drives in the gaps, that works best.

Cole: What would you say is your natural position?

Fox: Growing up I always played shortstop. I played three years of college at third base and was drafted as a third baseman. I played two years at third base and moved around and played some second. I've been able to go back to short here and there. I really don't know if I have a natural position. I guess it would probably be third base. I'm not a natural shortstop, but I could play there. This year is the first that I've really played first base.

Cole: Do you believe your versatility will help you reach the major leagues?

Fox: Definitely. I think it is a valuable thing. I'm not scared to go out there and play any position they want me to play. My general defensive approach helps me everyday. I think that will prove to be valuable in the future.

Cole: Do you like playing different positions all the time?

Fox: I do. I would like to be an everyday guy and have a position everyday. Everybody wants to play every game. At the beginning of the season that wasn't my role. I was here to give guys rest. I played against almost all left-handed pitching. Whenever a guy needed rest here and there I would fill in. I really don't mind it at all but I think I would rather be an everyday third baseman or an everyday second baseman.

Cole: What did you do during the Texas League All-Star break?

Fox: I just hung out with my family, my wife and my son.

Cole: Was it nice to get those days off?

Fox: Definitely. One thing was the rain. I think it rained both days. I wish those days came when we were having those 30 game stretches when your legs are tired. You don't mind a break. The All-Star break is huge. A lot of guys that play in the All-Star Game, they don't get that break. They don't have the luxury of getting that rest. I was tired at the end of the first half because I wasn't used to playing every day. I needed that little break and it has helped tremendously.

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