Boston Red Sox Prospects: Blaze Jordan flexes muscles in High-A debut
Boston Red Sox top prospect Blaze Jordan shows power in High-A debut
When the Boston Red Sox drafted Blaze Jordan in 2020, there was a ton of hype surrounding him and his legendary power. He gave a preview of that in 2021.
Then came 2022.
It’s been a strange season for Jordan. The 19-year-old third baseman has been phenomenal. He’s slashed .286/.357/.446 with some great run production (57 RBI, 48 runs scored, and four steals). However, the home run power wasn’t really there. Jordan managed to rack up an impressive 29 doubles and three triples, but only had eight home runs in 370 at-bats with Salem.
Still, the numbers were great and it led to a promotion to High-A on Tuesday – along with top prospect Marcelo Mayer.
Jordan grounded out to shortstop in his first at-bat in High-A. Clearly, he wasn’t a fan of that, though, because he didn’t record an out the rest of the night. In his next at-bat, he hit a baseball so hard that it looked like he was going to break a window in the apartments behind left field
His first High-A hit for him was a two-run home run, but Jordan didn’t stop there. On his very next at-bat, he went to left-center field, again looking like he was trying to break a window with his second home run.
Finally, Jordan decided to show everyone that he could do more than just hit missiles to left. In his final at-bat, smacked an opposite-field single. He finished the day 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI, and two runs scored.
In Low-A Jordan proved that he can produce runs and get on base, but people were looking at the stats and getting a little worried about power. Salem is a little weird, though; the walls are high and the ball doesn’t seem to carry all that well. The doubles were coming, though, and a lot of those were 100% smacked. Jordan was hitting the ball extremely hard, to the point where he was getting some legitimate 400-foot two-baggers off the top of the centerfield wall. It’s not like he wasn’t showing the power, it just wasn’t always leaving the yard.
Now that he’s in High-A, it looks like he might be able to flex those home-run muscles a little bit more. If Red Sox Nation wasn’t already excited about Jordan following a great season in Low-A, the power showing up in High-A should get everyone on board.