The Marlins aren't expected to promote top prospects like Chisholm to their 30-man roster in the wake of the team's COVID-19 outbreak, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. There will be a lot of holes to fill on the roster, but Miami is leaning towards adding players who already have some major-league experience rather than starting the service-time clocks on prospects like Chisholm or Sixto Sanchez. Chisholm will continue working out at the Marlins' alternate training site in Jupiter, Florida, but it seems as though his debut will have to wait until at least 2021.
The Marlins optioned Chisholm to Triple-A Wichita on Tuesday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Chisholm was one of seven players sent to minor-league camp as Miami aims to trim down its roster to 26 men prior to Opening Day. The toolsy shortstop is expected to spend most of the season in the Pacific Coast League, but he should settle into an everyday role with Miami once he eventually receives the call to the big leagues.
Chisholm went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. The fifth-inning blast off Genesis Cabrera was Chisholm's first homer of the spring, and per Statcast it left his bat at a blistering 112 mph. The 22-year-old is the Marlins' No. 1 fantasy prospect and is looking the part in camp, slashing .308/.500/.615 through 18 plate appearances with two steals in two attempts and a 5:4 BB:K. Chisholm will likely begin the season at Triple-A Wichita, but he'll really need to force the issue for the rebuilding Marlins to consider bringing him up before 2021.
Chisholm was added to the Marlins' 40-man roster Wednesday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports. This protects him from the Rule 5 draft. Chisholm was acquired straight up for Zac Gallen at the trade deadline and gives the Marlins a shot at a superstar shortstop, although he comes with plenty of risk due to some strikeout issues.
Chisholm went 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI for Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday. The 20-year-old had been scuffling in July, slashing .250/.299/.444 through 20 games with a 4:23 BB:K, but Chisholm put together an impressive debut in the Marlins' system after coming over from the Diamondbacks at the trade deadline. He'll need to solve his contact issues, but his athleticism and upside remain apparent -- on the year, he has 19 homers and 13 steals through 90 games at Double-A. If things begin to really click for Chisholm, a 2020 big-league debut isn't out of the question.