By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
Jazz Chisholm continues to show flashes of brilliance that have the Miami Marlins front office and fanbase optimistic about his future with the organisation.
Chisholm hit his first home run of spring training on Sunday afternoon in a 7-3 loss to the St Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.
"I was a little more aggressive today," Chisholm said to the Miami Herald following the game.
"It's still on strikes. I'm really tapping into driving the ball more into the rest of spring training," he added.
Chisholm blasted a solo shot in the fifth inning off the Cardinals' Genesis Cabrera that travelled 395 feet with an exit velocity of 112.5 mph.
In nine spring training appearances, he has hit .308 with three RBI, scored four runs, with a 1.115 OPS and two stolen bases. "We've been able to see [the power] in batting practice for the most part," Marlins manager Don Mattingly told the Miami Herald.
"You see the bat speed. It's just fun to watch, but more than anything, you're seeing him see the ball good."
Chisholm was named the Marlins' No. 3 prospect last week and in the offseason, was listed at No.66 overall among the top 100 Prospects by MLB Pipeline. In the off-season, he was named to the Marlins' 40-man roster, protecting him from the MLB's Rule 5 Draft.
He also competed for Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Last season, Chisholm was named the top defensive shortstop in the Double-A Southwest League and his advancement to Double-A baseball produced a Southern League All-Star selection after he led all the league's shortstops with 21 home runs and 173 total bases.