The ball flew off Jazz Chisholm’s bat in the fifth inning and kept going. And kept going. And went a little more. It finally fell beyond the outfield wall in right-center field at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
The Miami Marlins’ top shortstop prospect had his first home run of spring training in Sunday’s 7-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
According to Statcast, Chisholm hit Genesis Cabrera’s fastball 395 feet with a 112.5 mph exit velocity.
“We’ve been able to see [the power] in batting practice for the most part,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “You see the bat speed. It’s just fun to watch, but more than anything, you’re seeing him see the ball good.”
Chisholm, acquired by the Marlins at the July 31 trade deadline in a straight up trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for Zac Gallen, became the latest of the Marlins’ high-end prospects to hit home runs. He is the fourth player among the Marlins’ top-30 prospects to hit a home run this season, joining Jerar Encarnacion, Jesus Sanchez and Lewin Diaz.
“I was a little more aggressive today,” Chisholm said. “It’s still on strikes. I’m really tapping into driving the ball more into the rest of spring training.”
Chisholm, the Marlins’ No. 3 overall prospect, was an early spark for Miami this spring training and has been part of a wave of rising prospects aiming to maximize their time in big-league camp. The Marlins view him as their shortstop of the future, and he’ll most likely start the season in Triple A Wichita.
And while the home run goes down as a milestone, Chisholm was more impressed personally with the plate appearance prior to the home run.
After getting to a 2-2 count and fouling off the fifth pitch from Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson, Chisholm took a pitch low and a pitch inside to draw a walk.
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More prospects notables
▪ Sanchez, the Marlins’ No. 4 overall prospect, worked a 10-pitch at-bat against John Brebbia before hitting a single into left field to leadoff the eighth inning. Sanchez fouled off five pitches in the plate appearance. He scored one batter later when Sean Rodriguez hit an RBI double that skipped down the third-base line and into left field.
▪ Outfielder Monte Harrison, Miami’s No. 9 overall prospect, hit an RBI double and drew a walk.
Pablo Lopez, expected to a fixture in the Marlins’ starting rotation to start the season, gave up three runs on three hits and a hit batsman in the first inning Sunday before settling down to throw scoreless frames in the second and third. The lone blips in those final two innings were a pair of walks.
Lopez’s assessment of his outing: “I think in that first inning, I put myself into good counts, but then I’d like to finish. I like to finish with my hand, getting the ball out of my glove and they were able to hit it. It’s one of those things that I think those other two innings, I was able to get a little better with it, but still wasn’t 100 percent there. You want to become as consistent as you can on the mound because that’s going to help the ability to repeat your delivery.”
The Marlins stay in Jupiter for the next four days, hosting the New York Mets on Monday, Washington Nationals on Tuesday and New York Yankees on Wednesday before being the road team against the Cardinals on Thursday. All four games are scheduled for 1:05 p.m. starts.