Friday, September 3, 2010
Matt Fox to Start for Twins
Matt Fox will make his big league debut for the Twins when they take on the Texas Rangers tonight. He was not on the 40 man roster, so a subsequent move will be needed to be made. Could be putting Justin Morneau on the 60 Day Disabled List. More to come. (Got to admit, Iím thrilled. He is a terrific guy with a great perspective!) He also threw to Drew Butera at Central Florida.
Here is what I wrote about Matt Fox in the Minnesota Twins 2010 Prospect Handbook:
Matthew Fox Ė RHP Ė (12/4/82)
Acquired: Supp. 1st round pick in 2004 from U of Central Florida
2009 Team(s): New Britain Rockcats
2009 Stats: 9-9, 3.58 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 151 IP, 56 BB, 120 K
We always want pitchers to come back quickly from Tommy John surgery. Matt Fox gives us an illustration of the need to be patient. Fox had the surgery early in 2005 and missed that season. He came back in 2006 with the E-Twins, in the bullpen. In 2007 and 2008, he began the seasons in the bullpen before being a starter in the second half. In 2009, Fox was a starter for the full season again. He made 26 starts and threw 151 innings, over 33 innings more than the previous season. Fox is a four-pitch pitcher. His fastball is clocked between 88-92 mph, nearly to the level he was at pre-surgery. He has a cut-fastball that he throws between 85-88 mph. He has a very good curveball and continues to work on a changeup. But the cutter and curveball are his big pitches. Reports say that he only throws about 15 fastballs a game. Instead, he has the confidence to throw his cutter in any count. Because of that, he is able to keep the ball off of the meat of a hitterís bat. Like Mariano Rivera, the cutter is much tougher on left-handed batters. Lefties hit just .246 against Fox in 2009 while righties hit .261. His curveball has proven to be his strikeout pitch. Itís a nice, tight, twelve-to-six bender. The key for Fox over time will be the development of his changeup, a pitch that has been inconsistent to this point. When he has control of it, he can be very good. If there was one other area to potentially improve would be to find a pitch to get inside on right-handed batters. However, Matt Fox has overcome a lot since his surgery. He, and the Twins, have been very patient, and it is paying off. He continues to get in better shape, and regain his arm strength. Fox should be starting in Rochester in 2010, and if he continues to show progress, he could be a big leaguer in the very near future.†
He began the 2010 season in the Rochester bullpen and has been moving back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation. He was the Red Wings player of the week just last week and has been the teamís top pitcher of late. Consider that David Bromberg and Kyle Gibson have been shut down, and Fox makes a lot of sense. He last started on Monday, so he is going on just three days rest, so it will be interesting to see if he is on a pitch count.
Overall on the season, Fox is 6-9 with a 3.95 ERA in 35 appearances (21 starts) for the Red Wings. In 123 innings, he has 104 strikeouts to go with 51 walks. He has not given up more than two runs in his last seven starts.