The Tampa Bay Rays have traded veteran lefty Matt Moore to the San Francisco Giants for infielder Matt Duffy, plus prospects Lucius Fox and Michael Santos. Here's a quick look at the prospects involved.
Lucius Fox, SS: Born in the Bahamas, Fox played high school baseball with the respected program at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida. He moved back to the Bahamas in order to avoid the 2015 MLB draft and qualify for the international market. He earned a $6,000,000 bonus, much more than he would have received in the draft. Fox is hitting .207/.305/.277 with 25 steals, 37 walks, and 76 strikeouts in 285 at-bats for Augusta in the Low-A South Atlantic League.
Listed at 6-1, 175, Fox is a switch-hitter born July 2nd, 1997. His best tool is speed; he's at least a 70 runner and he already knows how to use that speed well on the bases despite his young age. He's got the range and arm strength for shortstop but is still working to polish his actions and cut down on errors, very normal for his age. Fox isn't hitting much yet but he does have some feel for the strike zone, wiry strength, and is only 19 years old. He is a long-term investment with risk but one who could pay off big.
Michael Santos, RHP: Santos was signed by the Giants in January 2012 out of the Dominican Republic. He's made 10 starts this year for Augusta, posting an excellent 44/5 K/BB ratio in 59 innings with 61 hits allowed. He's been on the disabled list since mid-June but was activated for rehab assignment two days before being traded.
Santos is a 6-4, 175 pound right-hander born May 29, 1995. He's had continuing issues with arm soreness but has always been effective when healthy, thanks to sharp command of a low-90s fastball. He'll mix in a solid breaking ball but his change-up needs additional work.