Marlins Shortstop Prospect Prepares for Spring Training in Jupiter

Miami Marlins minor league prospect Jazz Chisholm is waiting to show what he can do to earn a roster spot in 2020.

I think I am more excited about the potential of seeing Miami Marlins prospect Jazz Chisholm on the playing field at Marlins Park later this season than any of the three players who are ranked ahead of him by Baseball Pipeline. The potential of a Jazz Chisholm-Isan Diaz double-play combination has me as excited as I was when I was a kid watching Dave Concepcion and Joe Morgan do it for the Cincinnati Reds.

The Marlins did something most teams don’t do at the MLB Trade Deadline last season – trade a top prospect for another top prospect straight up. It was a curious move, but one that makes sense looking at the Marlins pitching depth and the star potential Chisholm brings to the organization and its future

Zac Gallen will help the Arizona Diamondbacks contend in the National League West. Chisholm will continue to ply his trade, learning and waiting.

Chisholm may be in line to crack the Marlins 26-man roster, although it is more likely he will open the season at Triple-A Wichita and come aboard late in the season. The Marlins front office and coaching staff are in no rush to hastily bring him in, as they know he is the future, eventually replacing Miguel Rojas in the middle of the infield.

“I’m going into big league camp this year, and I’m just going out there trying to compete for a job,” Chisholm said via MLB.com. “I’ve been here all offseason, so I’ve gotten to meet all the guys and all the workers, the coaches and the front office, and everybody around the complex.”

At 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, Chisholm has shown some pop in his bat, which will be welcomed with a shorter porch at Marlins Park. For now, like all of Miami’s minor leaguers, he is a work in progress. The front office has no real timetable as to when the Jamaican-native will make his Major League debut.

“After spending all of 2019 at Double-A, with two different organizations, the 21-year-old continued to get game repetitions by playing winter ball in Puerto Rico,” Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes. “And, when in South Florida, he’s been working out regularly at the Marlins’ Spring Training complex.”

The Marlins have made wholesale changes to their infield with the additions of Jonathan Villar, who should start at third base and Jesus Aguilar, who will step on the bag at first. Brian Anderson will be in right field. The front office did not pick up the option on the last year of Starlin Castro’s contract, so the second base job is Diaz’s to lose.

There is plenty to be excited about as the Marlins continue to develop as a franchise.

“It’s a great organization, and I’m happy to be here, and I can’t wait until Spring Training,” Chisholm said. “It’s Miami. I love Miami. I’m from the Bahamas. So, being in the 305 — I’m just excited to be here, and I’m glad somebody wanted me to be here this badly that they traded for me.”

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