'Those guys rake': Jazz wowed by prospects

May 18th, 2021

Before was activated on Sunday, the infielder 's rehab assignment with Triple-A Jacksonville spanned four days. Chisholm recorded four hits, including one home run, for the Jumbo Shrimp, and the club won every game in which he appeared.

Chisholm was itching to rejoin the big league team while on the injured list with a left hamstring strain. But his abbreviated time in the Minors allowed him a peek into the Marlins' future.

“Those guys rake,” said Chisholm of the Jumbo Shrimp's lineup. “Going down there, they got me hyped, man. I got in the game to lead off and they were hyped to see me. I've played with those guys before in the Minor Leagues, so it's kind of cool to come back and play with them. How hype they were to play with me and how hype I was to play with them … I can’t wait to see them in the big leagues.”

Right fielder , Miami's No. 6 prospect, is -- as Chisholm said -- raking. He's second among Triple-A players in RBI (17) and hits (20). Lewin Díaz and Monte Harrison have each recorded double-digit hits and RBI so far this season.

Sánchez put 10 big league games under his belt during the 2020 season, Díaz appeared in 14 contests and Harrison has the most experience at the highest level with 35 Major League appearances, including three this season. Even with some experience in The Show, these players asked Chisholm for advice.

“I told them, 'Don't try to change who you are,'” said Chisholm. “'Don't try to be someone you're not out there. Be yourself. If you got to dance in the box, go dance in the box. If you gotta go out there and bat flip someone just to keep hitting, go bat flip someone. If you gotta bat flip a walk, do your thing out there. If you're going to do all that stuff, you gotta play hard and play the game aggressively.'”

Chisholm was impressed with Jacksonville's entire lineup, calling it an “offensive juggernaut.” The club ranks fourth in Triple-A East in runs scored (71) and fifth in hits (109).

“I'm not gonna lie, everybody's hitting,” said Chisholm. “Everybody's doing their part in the lineup. And, I mean, it's ridiculous. I got down there and I was just another add-on piece to what they already had. They have more than enough power and more than enough hits and everything. They were just doing it. It was no pitch you could throw by anyone, no curveball you could put in the zone. It was just ... everything was getting hit.”