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AFL: Farmers in Fall Baseball Lucius & Jazz

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AFL: Farmers in Fall Baseball Lucius & Jazz

In 2015 two young baseball players from the Freedom Farm Baseball League signed to play in the Minor Leagues.

In particular, Lucius Fox Jr and Jasrado Jazz Chisholm both shortstops with good arms and gloves. Two very nice, well-mannered kids you would have ever met.

Freedom Farm Baseball

The Largest youth baseball league in the Country, boasting of over six hundred players. Jazz and Lucius had lots of players from Freedom Farm to look up too. Most notable Antoan Richardson, in addition to Albert Cartwright, to name a few.

Jasrado and Lucius began playing in 2016, Jazz to Rookie League and Lucius to Single-A. In addition Jazz Chisholm being an All-Stars, Lucius Fox got traded from the Giants to the Rays.

2017 season saw Jazz season ending early with an injury; By the way, 2017 saw Lucius named to the Futures Game World Team. Also promoted from Single-A Bowling Green Hot Rods to Advance A Charlotte Stone Crabs.

All-Stars Season:

Finally, a healthy season where both players got to play the whole season, that saw both of them in the All-Stars. Jazz and Lucius were promoted, Jazz to Advance-A Visalia Rawhides, and Lucius to Double-A Mongomery Biscuits.

Besides making the All-Stars, Jazz got his first 100 plus hits season and Lucius his second straight 100 plus hits season. Both finish the year playing in the postseason, Lucius and Biscuits lost in the playoffs, and Jazz and the Rawhides lost in the Championship.

Farmers in Fall Baseball Jazz & Lucius:

As a result, Jasrado Jazz Chisholm the Diamondbacks #3 top prospect along with being named DBacks 2018 top minor league player, was named to the Salt Lake Rafters; And Lucius Fox the Rays #9 top prospect to the Peoria Javelinas.

Jazz Chisholm is hitting .300, 3 for 10 in 2 games played so far. Lucius Fox is hitting .419, 13 for 31 in 7 games; He has a hit in all games played, with two in 6 of the seven games played in the AFL.

Right now the Arizona Fall League is in full swing with Major League Baseball Top Prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. | Rank: 1.

Jazz Chisholm & Lucius Fox Jr at 2018 Don’t Blink 242 Home Run Derby in Paradise. Photo by Trevere Saunders


Featured Image Courtesy Of Mathew Carper

Jeffrey was born on April 29th, 1961, in Nassau, Bahamas to Rejoiner Ann Rolle and Jerome James Francis Etienne. Married to Andrea G. Rolle-Francis, they have two daughters; Janae Latoya Francis, a graduate of Allegany College of Maryland, and Jessica Lee Francis a graduate Potomac State College West Virginia University in Kyser West Virginia. Jeffrey was coaching the sport of baseball from 1980 at the age of 18 years old because he loved the sport as a kid. He started listening to the game over the radio out of Miami Florida in the late 60s and in the early 70s started playing the game locally in various local leagues right up to the premier senior league; a league where all of the current Bahamian minor leaguers played. In 1982, Jeffrey had an invite to a three day tryout with the New York Yankees in Hollywood Florida, which was an awesome experience that is lasting a life time memory for him. Jeffrey has been following the Bahamian baseball players in the minor leagues since 1999 with Angelo Burrows, but found greater interest with the signing of Antoan Richardson in 2005. He also writes a year end review on their play on his Facebook page, Baseball Bahamas, and he has a website with the same name. He has a great following and would love to expose the baseball players to a bigger worldwide audience. He has a good relationship with all the players because he personally coached most of them. His favorite MLB Team is the Detroit Tigers from 1969.

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