Signed for $200K from the Bahamas in 2015, Chisholm was sent to the Fall League coming off his best season as a pro. 20-years-old for all of 2018, the athletic shortstop smacked 25 home runs combined between two A-Ball levels while showing tools on both sides of the ball. A minor injury kept him out of game action for most of my looks at Salt River, though I was impressed with Chisholm’s raw tools in workouts and caught a few games at the end of my coverage.
Athletic and wiry at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, there’s quick-twitch strength in his frame that yields surprising batspeed and power. I saw him drive the ball to both fields, able to backspin and lift to the pullside and get to flyball power in games. He’s aggressive and a bit of a free swinger now, showing trouble controlling the barrel at times. Chisholm whiffs a good amount, but at his age, I’m banking on some projection given the athleticism and impact offensive tools. Defensively, he’s light on his feet with very fluid actions and a strong arm. He looks the part at shortstop and projects to remain at the position long-term.
Chisholm’s mix of youth, athleticism, and offensive upside at an up-the-middle position might push him into Top 125 consideration this winter. On the heels of a breakout season, he has arguably blossomed into Arizona’s top position prospect. The best-case ceiling is an above-average shortstop in a Didi Gregorious mold—able to impact the game defensively with unexpected ability to drive the ball. Chisholm will be 21 next year and likely gets his first taste of Double-A competition.