Struggling Cubs Call Up Hot Hitting Jake Fox

ChiCitySports .ComCorrespondent IMay 27, 2009

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 25:  Jake Fox #9 of the Chicago Cubs poses for a photo during Spring Training Photo Day at Fitch Park practice complex February 25, 2008 in Mesa, Arizona.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs made a couple of moves before their 5-2 win over the Pirates on Wednesday. The biggest one being Jake Fox, who is tearing up the minor leagues this year.

Fox, who has spent the beginning of the year in AAA Iowa, was hitting .423 with 50 RBI and 17 home runs.

It's was obvious that Fox would be getting the call up to the majors soon. The Cubs lost eight in a row before Tuesdays win, and were struggling to find offense.

With Fox hitting so good in Iowa the question was, could he carry it over to the big leagues?

It didn't take long for an answer.

Fox drilled a ball to deep right center for a double and earning his first RBI. It was a pinch hit at-bat in the bottom of the eighth.

The reason Fox wasn't called up so soon was because of the defensive situation for the Cubs. He isn't a great defensive player and cant play many positions. His main position is first base, but that is occupied by Derek Lee and Micah Hoffpauir.

Look for Lou to use Fox in the outfield, if he is in for defense.

The Cubs have had a recent history of hot hitters in the minors. Remember two years ago Geovany Soto was tearing up AAA Iowa before getting the call up. Micah Hoffpauir also had a banner year in AAA last season before getting the call up last season.

To make room for Fox, the Cubs placed infielder Aaron Miles on the 15 day DL.

They also optioned left handed pitcher Neil Cotts to AAA, and called up Jason Waddell to take his place.

Cotts has been struggling all year for the Cubs. He was their only left-hander in the pen, and was a key set up man for the White Sox in their World Series season in 2005.

The Cubs made one more move earlier in the day as they called up Andreas Blanco from Iowa and sent down Bobby Scales. Scales was inactive for the past two games because of severe flu like symptoms.

Blanco also got in on the action today as he started at second base going 1-4 with a RBI and a run scored.

-Zack Pearson (Zack54attack) VSN