Jazz Chisholm

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Jazz Chisholm is an infielder who made his major league debut during the 2020 season.

Signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks for a $200,000 bonus in 2015, he made his pro debut in 2016. The third-youngest player in the Pioneer League (after Jomar Cortes and Keibert Ruiz), he hit .281/.333/.446 with 42 runs, 9 homers and 13 steals in 17 tries over 62 games for the Missoula Osprey; one issue was 73 whiffs in 249 AB. He fielded .921 at short. He was 9th in the Pioneer League in dingers and 7th in strikeouts. He was not named the league's All-Star shortstop, as that was Hector Vargas. Baseball America rated him as the loop's #9 prospect (between Gilbert Lara and T.J. Friedl) and as Arizona's 5th-best prospect entering 2017 (between Socrates Brito and Anfernee Grier).

In the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, the teenager started at short for the Great Britain national team, flanked by fellow Bahamians Albert Cartwright (2B) and Kyle Simmons. He hit .250/.294/.313 with one run and one RBI in four games, getting three of his four hits against Pakistan. His walk against Josh Zeid in the 7th helped end a perfect game bid by Israel in the finale.

On July 31, 2019, he was traded by the Diamondbacks to the Miami Marlins in return for rookie starting pitcher Zac Gallen. A year and a month later, on September 1, 2020 he made his debut for the Marlins, inserted as a defensive replacement at shortstop in the 8th inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. On the very first pitch of the inning, Cavan Biggio lined out to him. He was the 7th major leaguer from the Bahamas, joining Antoan Richardson as the only ones in the 21st Century to that point.

He hit his first major league homer off none other than Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets, on April 10, 2021. It was the only run given up by deGrom in 8 innings in a typically masterful performance in which he walked none and struck out 14. But in something just as typical, his teammates did not support him with any runs, so Jazz's homer proved to be the difference in a 3-0 win.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • David Adler: "This could be the next electric young star", mlb.com, April 20, 2021. [1]
  • Christina De Nicola: "The Bahamas is no longer a baseball secret", mlb.com, May 24, 2021. [2]

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