‘If you work hard, it will pay off some day’
Chisholm said it feels great to win the player of the year award.
“It feels great. It shows that all the hard work pays off. Just like everybody said, if you work hard, it will pay off some day. That was the reward this year. I worked extremely hard this year. I got to where I am now.”
Chisholm said he had a great season and he put in a lot of work.
He said, “It’s been going well. I was just putting in the work and it just came to me this year. It was a great season.”
Chisholm had a really productive year for the Single-A Kane County Cougars and the Single-A Advanced Visalia Rawhide.
To him, the switch from Single-A to Single-A Advanced felt the same.
“It didn’t make a difference switching teams. It was a good experience. I have never been called up before, so being there and going up to another team knowing that I had to come in and play in a major role in the team that I got called up to was a good experience and helped me to push harder.” Chisholm said.
The 5-foot-11 20-year-old slugger from Nassau had a batting average of .272 (124-for-456)/.329 on base percentage (obp)/.513 slugging percentage (slg) with 23 doubles, six triples, 25 home runs, 70 RBIs, 39 walks, 17 stolen bases and 79 runs scored in 112 games between the Cougars and the Rawhide.
After getting just ten home runs in the 2017 season, Chisholm hit 20 home runs as his goal for this past season, and he surpassed that by five. His grandmother pushed him to 25.
“Going into the season, my goal was really to hit at least 20 home runs. When I got to the 20 mark with a week and a half to go, I talked to my grandmother and she was like just get to 25 for her. I pushed it into gear even more and I told myself to hit. I succeeded my goals this year. I wanted to hit .270 with 20 home runs and I succeeded my goals for the year by hitting .272 and 25 home runs,” he said.
He made the Midwest League midseason All-Start team.
Chisholm led all Diamondbacks minor league players in home runs, and ranked among the leaders in runs (third), triples (T-fifth), RBIs (7th), slg (eighth) and walks (T-ninth).
He joins the left-handed hitting shortstop joins Jack Cust (20) in 1999 and Justin Upton (20) in 2007 as the youngest players in the Diamondbacks organization’s 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 Diamondbacks’ organization, and is ranked third by Baseball America, as well as possessing the Best Infield Arm.
The Freedom Farm Baseball product currently plays in the Arizona Fall League for the Salt River Rafters. Over the years, this league has helped prospects take the next step to becoming valuable and elite-level league players. This is a huge accomplishment for Chisholm.
He is the youngest player on the Rafters.
After this league wraps up, he will be coming home to spend time with his family and friends.
As for next year, Chisholm said: “Hopefully I get to the big leagues next year. I expect to do the same things I did this year but even better next year. That is what I am expecting to do next season.”
He wants to hit more home runs next year.
He thanked his family and friends for their support.