By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
IT has been a week of highlights for Bahamian minor league baseball players featuring promotions and career days at the plate for several players.
Jazz Chisholm was promoted to Single A-Advanced and Anferee Seymour made a successful return from the disabled list - just a few of the standout accomplishments across the minor leagues.
Chisholm was assigned to the Visalia Rawhide of the California League yesterday.
In his final game with the Kane County Cougars, Chisholm - the No.3 prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organisation - hit two home runs and set career highs with five hits and five RBIs to lead his team to a 13-4 win over Dayton last Monday. He finished 5-6 and also tied his career best with four runs.
The 20-year-old shortstop had been 1-21 with eight strikeouts in the last five games. He is currently tied for second in the Midwest League with 15 home runs.
A torn meniscus cut short Chisholm's 2017 season in Single-A baseball with the Cougars in the Midwestern League's Western Division.
Last year, he played in just 29 games - hit .248 with, three stolen bases, slugging .358, an on-base percentage of .325, an OPS of .683, 12 RBI and one home run.
"It gave me a way different perspective of the game," Chisholm said to the Kane County Chronicle when he referenced the injury. "I used to give it all I can, and now, I'm trying to push the limit of that. I'm not just giving it all I can, I'm giving it all I can give...It showed me that it's baseball, it's not you. It gave me way more love and respect for the game.
"In 2018, my goal and my plan is to get in the majors by the end of the year," Chisholm said in the offseason. "It has been a grind to get where I'm at. So I just have to continue to put my all in everything I do and just grind to represent the 242 the right way."
Also in the Single A-Advanced play, Seymour returned from the seven day disabled list with the Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League.
Seymour hit leadoff and finished 3-5 with one home-run, one RBI, one stolen base and two runs scored. In the top of the third inning, Seymour homered on a line drive to right field and returned with a double to right field.
After being released by the Atlanta Braves (Florida Fire Frogs) on May 6, Seymour was signed by the Miami Marlins on May 10 and was subsequently assigned to the Jupiter Hammerheads.
Since the assignment to the Hammerheads, Seymour has hit .280 through 33 games with 11 RBI, 14 stolen bases, three home runs and scored 15 runs.
Last season, Seymour's year came to an abrupt end before he had an opportunity to suit up in the Offseason Arizona Fall League. He was suspended for "violation of team rules," according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo and was removed from the roster of the Peoria Javelinas.
He concluded last season with the Orlando Fire Frogs with his best month of the 2017 campaign. With the Fire Frogs, Seymour appeared in 78 games in the Florida State League. He hit .287 with 17 RBI, an OBP of .346, OPS of .711 scored 42 runs and stole 17 bases. Despite playing in just 78 of the team's 118 games, he ranked fourth on the team in hits (84), fourth in triples and second in stolen bases.
It has been a struggle at the plate for much of the season for Champ Stuart and the Binghampton Rumble Ponies in the Double-A Eastern League.
Stuart broke out of that slump this week and opened a three-game series against Portland 3-4 with one home run, three RBI, one stolen base and three runs scored.
Chavez Young continues his ride in the Toronto Blue Jays organisation with the Lansing Lugnuts in the Single-A Midwest League. Young finished 4-5 at the plate and scored three runs on Monday. Through 84 games this season, Young is hitting .291 with 96 hits and 39 RBI. He also has an .805 OPS, slugging .455 with 22 stolen bases, 59 runs scored, 150 total bases, 25 doubles, seven triples and five home runs.
Young has the Midwest league lead in doubles, tied for second in triples and tied for second in runs scored.