A total of five Bahamian Major League Baseball (MLB) prospects have received spring training invites from their respective clubs. They will play in the Grapefruit League and the Cactus League in hopes of moving up the ranks to the major leagues.
Receiving the invitations are Anfernee Seymour (Miami Marlins), Trent Deveaux (Los Angeles Angels), Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm (Arizona Diamondbacks), Chavez Young (Toronto Blue Jays) and Lucius Fox (Tampa Bay Rays).
Fox is currently playing in the Grapefruit League for the Rays. So far, he has connected for six hits in 14 at-bats. He has two runs scored and two runs batted in (RBIs). Fox’s batting average is .429 and has an on-base percentage is .429. He has played in eight games thus far in spring training.
Last season ended with Fox being called up to play in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) with the Peroria Javelinas. He was named to the AFL All-Prospect Team and to the AFL Rising Stars. For the Javelinas, Fox hit .326 with 28 hits and 18 runs scored. He had one home-run to go with 11 RBIs. The Javelinas won the AFL Championship. Fox is a top 10 prospect for the Rays.
Chisholm has swung his way to the number one spot on the Diamondbacks’ top prospects list. The left-hand slugger has been quite active in the Cactus League. The 21-year-old has three hits and three runs scored in 14 at-bats. His batting average is .214 and he has an on-base percentage of .389.
Chisholm has played in 10 games so far in spring training. He has been noticeably selective at the plate. He has three strikeouts and four walks.
In the AFL, Chisholm scored 12 runs, and had three home-runs in 43 at-bats in 10 games. He led the Salt River Rafters with a batting average of .442, and his team lost to Fox’s team in the championship game.
During the regular season between two teams – the Kane County Cougars and the Visalia Rawhide – Chisholm, 20, had a batting average of .272 (124-for-456), a .329 on-base percentage, and a .513 slugging percentage. He had 25 home-runs, six triples and 23 doubles. He also had 70 RBIs, 39 walks, 17 stolen bases and 79 runs scored in 112 games.
Young had a respectable season for the Lansing Lugnuts in the Midwest League last year. So far, in the Grapefruit League, he has one hit in one official at-bat.
Young finished last season with a batting average of .285 in 125 games, the most games he’s played in a year. The Freeport native had 134 hits and 88 runs scored. Young also had eight home-runs and 57 RBIs. His slugging percentage was .445. The right-fielder also had nine triples and 33 doubles. His on-base percentage was .363.
After signing as a free agent in May of last year for the Marlins, the team that drafted him in 2014, Seymour turned things around. He had a .284 batting average, 19 extra-base hits and a .433 slugging percentage in 51 games with the Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League. His strong play earned him an opportunity to play Double-A baseball. He received a call-up to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in Double-A baseball. The right fielder maintained a .345 on-base percentage over 25 games.
Seymour finished the 2018 season with four home-runs, six triples and a .257 batting average. He scored 40 runs and had 87 hits.
Seymour and the Marlins are playing in the Grapefruit League and he has appeared in one game.
Deveaux is in the Cactus League with the Angels. He played in 44 Arizona League games for the Angels last season. The center fielder finished with one home-run and a batting average of .199. He had 33 hits, 20 runs scored and five doubles. His on-base percentage was .307 and he had a .247 slugging average.
MLB’s regular season is set to begin Wednesday March 20. The five Bahamian prospects are expected to get a tremendous amount of experience in spring training. From their exposure, more teams are expected to be looking at The Bahamas as a breeding ground for professional baseball players in the future.
Jump Line – MLB’s regular season is set to begin Wednesday March 20.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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