Boston Red Sox prospects: Blaze Jordan showcasing elite bat potential
By Hunter Noll
Boston Red Sox prospect Blaze Jordan put together an impressive and encouraging 2022 between Single-A and High-A.
The right-handed hitter corner infielder slashed .289/.363/.445 with 30 doubles, three triples, and 12 home runs. He drove in 68 runs, scored 60 more, and stole five bases.
The elite power potential was on display. It may not seem like it, with just 12 home runs. However, Salem is the ballpark where home runs go to die. So you can't just go off home run numbers (although Jordan had an impressive .517 slugging percentage in Salem's park).
This was all setting up a monster 2023 season, right? Jordan went 0-for-12 with one RBI and one run in his first three games. The only time he got on base was via a hit-by-pitch. He picked up two hits and two walks over his next two games combined. That included a double and four RBI. Then came an 0-for-5 effort.
Through six games (April 14), Jordan was 2-for-23 (.087). Since then, he's riding a 12-game hitting streak. In that time, Jordan is 18-for-47 (.383) with two doubles, one triple, and three home runs.
We're seeing Jordan take what the pitcher gives him. He's not just trying to hit homers, but he'll crush a mistake pitch if you throw him one.
Boston Red Sox prospect Blaze Jordan's elite bat potential is front-and-center during his 12-game hitting streak.
Thanks to the current streak, Jordan's slash line is up to .286/.342/.486 with 13 RBI and nine runs scored. The strong play has even leaked over to the defensive end. Jordan's not known for his glove, but he's looked good at both first and third base this season.
The poor start to the 2023 campaign definitely had a few people sweating. One important thing to remember is that Blaze Jordan will be just 20 for the entire season. He's yet to have a plate appearance against a pitcher younger than him. If he has some struggles, that shouldn't raise any alarms.
The good news is that the poor start is a distant memory already. Blaze Jordan is showing exactly why the Boston Red Sox gave him a signing bonus much higher than the slot value of his third-round pick. His current hitting streak is just another sign that the bat is truly elite.
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