In a somewhat surprising move, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded Bahamian shortstop Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday, beating Major League Baseball’s (MLB) trade deadline for this season. Chisholm, who was the Diamondbacks’ No. 1 prospect, was dealt for pitcher Zac Gallen.
As mentioned, Chisholm was the top ranked player in the Diamondbacks’ farm system and ranked number 59 overall on the Top 100 MLB prospect list. Gallen was the fifth ranked player in the Marlins’ farm system.
The D-backs added depth to their pitching staff with that trade, and it is being reported that the Marlins looked at the upside of Chisholm, both offensively and defensively.
“I was very surprised by the trade. I did not know that was happening. It caught me off guard,” said Chisholm yesterday. “There were not any talks or rumors about getting traded. It was a real surprise to me.”
Chisholm said he is grateful to the Diamondbacks for giving him the opportunity to see his childhood dreams become a reality. He signed with them in June of 2016, and said he is now looking forward to playing for the Marlins.
“Thank you Diamondbacks for everything that you have done for me,” he said. “I have been with that franchise for the past four years. I am just so excited to be a Marlins player now but at the same time so sad to leave the Diamondbacks because they helped me with a lot of things. The helped me grow – they signed me from I was 17 and I am 21 now. They are basically my parent organization and have helped me grow. I cannot thank them enough for all that they have done for me.”
The slugger is now closer to home and he loves that about the trade.
“It feels good to be closer to home. I loved Arizona but being closer to home is amazing. I cannot even explain how great it is to be close to home, but I am definitely going to miss Arizona,” Chisholm said.
He will remain in the Double-A Southern League where he will join fellow Bahamian Anfernee Seymour, an outfielder, on the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Seymour signed with the Marlins back in 2014.
Up until the trade, Chisholm spent this season with the D-backs’ Double-A affiliate, the Jackson Generals. He’s not been having one of his better seasons, but he said he is growing.
“I feel like I have been growing a lot this year going through the ups and downs. I am happy that this trade happened now instead of it happening in the big leagues,” he said.
In 89 games for the Generals this season, Chisholm has 64 hits and has scored 51 runs. His .204 batting average is the worst of his career, he has an on-base percentage of just .305 and a slugging percentage of .427. However, he has 18 home-runs – just seven shy of his career high of 25 from last season. He also has 13 stolen bases.
The 21-year-old is second in the Southern League in home-runs. Chattanooga Lookouts’ first baseman Ibandel Isabel leads the league with 24 home-runs.
He is regarded as being above-average in speed, arm strength and fielding, and is expected to be the starting shortstop for the Jumbo Shrimp.
The Jumbo Shrimp sport a 50-58 win-loss record on the season and are fourth out of five teams in the Southern League South Division.
Chisholm is expected to don the Jumbo Shrimp uniform this evening when they play the Biloxi Shuckers in Biloxi, Mississippi. That game is slated for a 7.30 p.m. start time.
Chisholm is now the third-ranked prospect in a rebuilding Miami system behind number 26 overall prospect pitcher Sixto Sanchez and number 32 overall prospect outfielder J.J. Bleday.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism