Bahamian Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm and the Jackson Generals – a Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks – enjoyed a much needed day off yesterday after sporting a 13-10 win-loss record in April which ended with a series clinching win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
Chisholm, the number one minor league prospect of the Diamondbacks, hit .286 in the series with one home-run and two RBIs. The 21-year-old shortstop, who played in the Arizona Fall League and was voted as the Diamondbacks’ minor league player of the year a year ago, is starting to play much better after a slow start to the season. Chisholm went hitless in his first 16 at-bats this season and didn’t collect an RBI until the Generals’ fifth game of the season.
In April, he batted .157 with five home-runs and nine RBIs, setting himself up to challenge the mark of 25 home-runs from a year ago.
Two weekends ago, Chisholm broke out of a 3-for-41 slump by blasting two home-runs and powering the Generals to a 5-1 victory over the Birmingham Barons on the road. He also walked and drove in three runs in that game. It was Chisholm’s third career multi-homer game and the first since July 16 of a year ago with Class A Kane County.
Since that time, Chisholm has batted .240 including four hits in his last eight at-bats with a home-run and two RBIs.
“A night like this is absolutely what I needed,” said Chisholm after his big night against Birmingham.
The Bahamian shortstop is hoping to be even more prolific at the plate as the season progresses.
MLB.com ranks Chisholm as the game’s No. 57 overall prospect, but he said his struggles to begin the year weren’t as a result of outside expectations.
“My luck hasn’t been as great this season,” he said according to Joe Bloss of MiLB.com. “Every ball that I put in play are normally like line drive outs to the first baseman or the second baseman, and all the balls that happen to go down as the hit are either a homer or a double off the wall. I don’t understand it.”
Last season, splitting time between the Kane County Cougars and Class A Advanced Visalia, Chisholm hit .272 with 25 homers and 70 RBIs. He had six triples, 23 doubles, 17 stolen bases, an on-base percentage of .329 and a slugging percentage of .513 in 112 games played. He had 124 total hits, and struck out 149 times.
This season, Chisholm said he wants to strike out less than 100 times, while collecting 165 hits, at least 28 homers, 25 steals, 100 walks, 90 RBIs and a .330 average. About a fifth of the way through the season, he has just 11 hits and has struck out 30 times.
“I feel like I put a little bit of pressure on myself to start off the season hot and was not having as much fun as I normally have on the field,” said Chisholm to MiLB.com.
Focussing less on the game itself and producing results, and taking time to just enjoy the game, Chisholm numbers have improved across the board. Now that’s broken out of that season-beginning funk, the Bahamian professional baseball player is simply hoping to get better and improve each day as the season progresses.
The Generals play in the Southern League of Double-A baseball – the second highest level of play in the minor leagues.
Chisholm and the Generals will open up a five-game set against the Tennessee Smokies at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tennessee, today.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting