By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
JAZZ Chisholm was mired in a slump at the plate to begin his transition to Double A baseball until his recent power display.
Chisholm homered in back-to-back games, including his first multi-home run game of the season.
Chisholm hit two home runs and collected three RBI in his Jackson Generals’ 5-1 win over the Birmingham Barons. “A night like this is absolutely what I needed,” he said to MiLB.com.
Four of Chisholm’s seven hits this season have been home runs. He went hitless through the first four games for the Generals but homered in game five against Chattanooga.
He began the season just 3-41 and started to reverse his fortune with a home run on April 18 against Tennessee. He followed with the two home run effort two days later in Birmingham. Chisholm has hit safely in four of his last five games.
“My luck hasn’t been as great this season. Every ball that I put in play are normally like line drive outs to the first baseman or the second baseman, and all the balls that happen to go down as the hit are either a homer or a double off the wall. I don’t understand it,” he told MiLB.com. “I feel like I put a little bit of pressure on myself to start off the season hot and was not having as much fun as I normally have on the field.”
Chisholm was listed at No.60 overall in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100. He was also one of 12 shortstops and 32 international signees on the list representing 10 countries. Chisholm was also recently listed as one of the top 10 shortstop prospects in all of the minor leagues by MLB Pipeline.
A Midwest League midseason All-Star last season, he led all D-backs farm system players in home runs, and ranked among the leaders in runs (3rd), triples (T-5th), RBI (7th), slugging pct. (8th) and walks (T-9th).