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Jazz Chisholm powering path toward the big leagues

His full name is Jasrado Hermis Arrington Chisholm. He is known simply as “Jazz”. The 21-year-old Bahamian is experiencing another power explosion this season. This time, it is with the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Double-A Jackson Generals.

In 2018, he hit 25 home runs and drove in 70 runs while playing Double-A for Visalia and Kane County, over 112 games. This year through 81 games with Jackson, 17 home runs and 43 RBIs were added to his résumé. The power splurges demonstrate a lot of resilience in his 5’ 11”, 165-pound frame. He is solid also in the field.

The shortstop has range, makes a limited amount of errors and is noted for turning double plays (41 for the current season). He has a fielding percentage of .944 this season. Chisholm has charted a course for the major leagues and likes his chances.

“I really just focus on being the best baseball player I can be and the rest will come, but, if I had to put a date on it, I want to make it to the majors by the end of this year or sometime next year,” he said.

Chisholm is indeed ambitious, but understandably so. He is mindful of the history of The Bahamas regarding the major leagues. Up to this point, only six have managed to advance that far in baseball. The first was Andre Rodgers, followed by Tony Curry, Edison Armbrister, Wenty Ford, Will Culmer and Antoan Richardson. He definitely recognizes the small size of the Bahamian major league circle and has his perspective.

“I think that Bahamian baseball players weren’t able to trust the process of baseball because we’ve always had good talent, but, didn’t believe we could make it all the way. So, they tried other sports, but I am hoping that through my career, people will see me as a role model and inspiration to play baseball and that it is possible for them as well. I would encourage athletes that they can do anything. It would be an honor to join the guys who have gone to the majors. I know how hard it is to get to the majors in general, but especially coming from The Bahamas. So, it would be quite an honor to join them,” said Chisholm recently.

This season could be the stepping stone, for at a least a promotion to Triple-A, and has Chisholm motivated, but, still practical.

“This season has taught me a lot because I’ve learned that throughout my career, I’ll hit some obstacles, but the idea is to keep pushing through, and, working hard. I’ve learned that I can’t think of failures and to trust the process,” said Chisholm.

What are the challenges he faces as he strives for a milestone that has been unattainable for so many?

“Mentally, it’s a grind. Always being ready and focused can be tough because you have a lot of games and a long season to deal with. So, getting out there every day and keeping the right mindset, and telling yourself to keep on grinding, is important. That’s how I keep my head in the game, and keep my mindset in a good place,” he explained.

The young man, considered a humble soul, who gives full credit to his grandparents, Judy and Hermis Chisholm, for much of the progress through life thus far, has a message for young Bahamians who aspire to be successful in baseball or some other discipline.

“My advice to young athletes is to always work hard and never give up on your dream. Know that you have the ability to do whatever you want to do, if you work hard,” said Chisholm.

By all appearances, Chisholm is quite grounded and indeed is a candidate for an advanced level of professional baseball, and yes, perhaps the majors.

Continued best wishes Jazz!

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