O's Fox says A's took him out of comfort zone
BALTIMORE — Jake Fox didn't have the success he wanted with the A's partly because he felt he was being asked to become a different kind of hitter.
Fox — acquired by Baltimore on June 22 for minor league pitcher Ross Wolf after being designated for assignment by Oakland — likes to be aggressive in his at-bats and believes the A's were taking him out of his comfort zone by asking him to take pitches and work counts.
"The misconception they had of me was that I'm going to go up there and swing," Fox said.
Fox was supposed to be the Orioles' designated hitter Tuesday but was scratched when right-hander Vin Mazzaro replaced Dallas Braden (left elbow stiffness) as the A's starter. He said he was excited to face his former team.
"We wanted it to work out in the worst way, and it didn't," Fox said. "There's always a part of you that says you missed out on a really good player and you let me go before you really knew what I could do."
Fox never found a groove or a consistent amount of playing time with the A's. He had five walks and 26 strikeouts to go with a .264 on-base percentage in 106 plate appearances. Fox is 2 for 12 with the Orioles.
"I didn't mind his aggressiveness, it was just overaggressiveness — swinging at stuff that was out of the zone early in the count," A's hitting coach Jim Skaalen said. "I didn't mind that he was going up there ready to hit. But there's got to be a clear cut plan in mind. That was the thing that he might have taken issue with. But there's talent there. That's why they traded for him."
— CURTIS PASHELKA