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D-backs name Jazz Chisholm & Taylor Widener organizational player and pitcher of the year

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named INF Jazz Chisholm (@j_chisholm3) and RHP Taylor Widener the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year.

Chisholm, 20, hit .272 (124-for-456)/.329 OBP/.513 SLG with 23 doubles, 6 triples, 25 home runs, 70 RBI, 39 walks, 17 stolen bases and 79 runs scored in 112 games between Single-A Kane County and Single-A Advanced Visalia. A Midwest League midseason All-Star, Chisholm led all D-backs farmhands in home runs, and ranked among the leaders in runs (3rd), triples (T-5th), RBI (7th), slugging pct. (8th) and walks (T-9th).

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named INF Jazz Chisholm (@j_chisholm3) and RHP Taylor Widener the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year.

Chisholm, 20, hit .272 (124-for-456)/.329 OBP/.513 SLG with 23 doubles, 6 triples, 25 home runs, 70 RBI, 39 walks, 17 stolen bases and 79 runs scored in 112 games between Single-A Kane County and Single-A Advanced Visalia. A Midwest League midseason All-Star, Chisholm led all D-backs farmhands in home runs, and ranked among the leaders in runs (3rd), triples (T-5th), RBI (7th), slugging pct. (8th) and walks (T-9th).

A native of Nassau, Bahamas, the left-handed hitting infielder joins Jack Cust (20) in 1999 and Justin Upton (20) in 2007 as the youngest players in organization history to receive Player of the Year honors. Chisholm is also the first player to win the award from the Single-A ranks since Paul Goldschmidt did so in 2010. Chisholm is rated by MLB.com as the No. 2 prospect in the D-backs' organization, and is ranked third by Baseball America, as well as possessing the Best Infield Arm.

Widener, 23, was named Baseball America's Double-A Pitcher of the Year, going 5-8 with a 2.75 ERA (42 ER in 137.1 IP), .197 opponent average, 176 strikeouts and 43 walks in 26 games (25 starts) for the Southern League Champion Jackson Generals. He led the SL in strikeouts and WHIP (1.03) and ranked among the leaders in ERA (2nd), starts (6th) and innings pitched (6th), and led all D-backs Minor League pitchers in ERA and strikeouts.

Widener, who was a SL midseason All-Star in 2018, was acquired from the New York Yankees on February 20 in the trade that sent Brandon Drury to the Yankees and sent Steven Souza Jr. to the D-backs. He is the third pitcher in team history to earn Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors in his first season with the organization, joining Vladimir Nuñez in 1996 and Mike Gosling in 2002. He is rated by MLB.com as the No. 3 prospect in the D-backs' organization, and No. 4 by Baseball America.

 

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS ORGANIZATIONAL PLAYER AND PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Year

Player

Club

 

Year

Pitcher

Club

1996

Kevin Sweeney

Lethbridge

 

1996

Vladimir Nunez

Lethbridge

1997

Travis Lee

High Desert

 

1997

Brad Penny

South Bend

 

Mike Stoner

High Desert

 

1998

Brad Penny

High Desert

1998

Jason Conti

Tulsa

 

1999

Andrew Good

South Bend

1999

Jack Cust

High Desert

 

2000

Bret Prinz

South Bend/El Paso

2000

Alex Cabrera

El Paso/Tucson

 

2001

Beltran Perez

South Bend

2001

Lyle Overbay

El Paso

 

2002

Mike Gosling

El Paso

2002

Scott Hairston

South Bend/Lancaster

 

2003

Brian Bruney

El Paso/Tucson

2003

Chad Tracy

Tucson

 

2004

Enrique Gonzalez

Lancaster

2004

Carlos Quentin

Lancaster/El Paso

 

2005

Dustin Nippert

Tennessee

2005

Andy Green

Tucson

 

2006

Micah Owings

Tennessee/Tucson

2006

Alberto Callaspo

Tucson

 

2007

Esmerling Vasquez

Mobile

2007

Justin Upton

Visalia/Mobile

 

2008

Cesar Valdez

Visalia/Mobile

2008

Josh Whitesell

Tucson

 

2009

Billy Buckner

Reno

2009

Ryan Wheeler

Yakima/South Bend

 

2010

Wade Miley

Mobile

2010

Paul Goldschmidt

Visalia

 

2011

Tyler Skaggs

Visalia/Mobile

2011

Paul Goldschmidt

Mobile

 

2012

Trevor Bauer

Mobile/Reno

2012

Adam Eaton

Mobile/Reno

 

2013

Archie Bradley

Visalia/Mobile

2013

Chris Owings

Reno

 

2014

Aaron Blair

South Bend/Visalia/Mobile

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Jake Lamb

Sócrates Brito

Mitch Haniger

Kevin Cron

Jazz Chisholm

Mobile/Reno

Mobile

Mobile/Reno

Jackson

Kane County/Visalia

 

 

2015

2016

2017

2018

Aaron Blair

Anthony Banda

Jon Duplantier

Taylor Widener

Mobile/Reno

Mobile/Reno

Kane County/Visalia

Jackson

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