Bahamian Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm is enjoying the greatest stretch of his professional baseball career…as far as the long ball is concerned.
The compact left-handed shortstop connected for four home runs against the Tennessee Smokies this past weekend, bringing his total up to nine for the season. In his last three games, he went 5-for-12 with those four home-runs, with five runs scored and six RBIs. Batting wise, he struggled in April, hitting just .157, but the power numbers were still there as he had five home runs and nine RBIs. Now his total is up to nine home runs and 15 RBIs.
For the season, Chisholm has brought his batting average up to .176, up 72 points over the last two weeks, and his slugging percentage up over 100 points since the end of April to .516. He said at the beginning of the season he was putting too much pressure on himself, trying to live up to some lofty goals that he set coming into the season with the Double-A Jackson Generals.
“I wasn’t having as much fun as I normally have on the field,” said Chisholm to MiLB.com. “[Generals reliever] Michael Kohn just told me, like Ted Williams said, ‘See the ball, hit the ball.’ That’s all I did.”
Chisholm and the Generals won two of the six games against the Smokies at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tennessee, over the past six days. On Friday Chisholm went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs. He had a two-run single and a solo shot in that game – a 16-9 victory for the Generals.
The following day, Chisholm had his second multi-homer game of the season, and fourth of his career, blasting two solo home runs. Still, the Generals came up short, losing 6-3 to the Smokies. It was the first time this season he had consecutive multi-hit games. Chisholm wasn’t finished yet. On Sunday, he connected for his fourth home run of the weekend. Chisholm took the first pitch he saw in the top of the sixth over the wall in right center field for his fourth home run of the weekend, and ninth of the season.
Chisholm now leads the Generals in home runs and runs scored this season, is in a three-way tie for third in RBIs and is fourth in slugging percentage. He also leads Double-A Southern League in home runs, and said afterwards that was the plan all along.
“It feels great to be leading the league,” he said to Jordan Wolf of MiLB.com. “I set my goal this year to lead the Southern League in homers, so, I’ve just got to keep on rolling.”
The Generals won on Sunday, 3-0, and now have a 15-14 win-loss record on the season. They tied the Smokies for third in the Southern League North Division, and are just four games behind the front-running Montgomery Biscuits.
Focusing less on the game itself and producing results, and taking time to just enjoy the game, Chisholm’s numbers have improved across the board. He is on pace to break his personal record of 25 home runs in a season that he set a year ago while splitting time between the Class A Kane County Cougars and Class A Advanced Visalia.
Last season, Chisholm hit .272 with 25 homers and 70 RBIs. The 25 home runs were a leap in power from 2017, when he went yard once in 29 games with Kane County in his first full professional campaign. Chisholm also had six triples, 23 doubles, 17 stolen bases, an on-base percentage of .329 and a slugging percentage of .513 in 112 games played last year. He had 124 total hits, and struck out 149 times.
This season, he started off slow, but is obviously seeing the ball much better right now. If he keeps up this torrid pace, he will hit in excess of 40 home runs this year.
“Coming into the year, all I wanted to do was just barrel up as many balls as I can,” he said to MiLB.com. “When I barrel it up, it goes out… just trying to do that every day, every at-bat, every pitch.”
Chisholm, the number one minor league prospect of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and MLB.com’s No. 57 overall, is hoping to be even more prolific at the plate as the season progresses.
The 21-year-old shortstop played in the Arizona Fall League and was voted as the Diamondbacks’ minor league player of the year a year ago. The Arizona Fall League is an off-season league owned and operated by Major League Baseball (MLB) which operates during the autumn in Arizona. It attracts many of the top prospects in minor league baseball.
The Generals play in the Southern League of Double-A baseball – the second highest level of play in the minor leagues.
Coming off their series with the Smokies, Chisholm and the Generals return home for a five-game set against the Birmingham Barons, starting today. The Generals play their home games in Jackson, Tennessee.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting