Wisdom, who hit a career-high 31 home runs for Triple-A Memphis this season, smacked a go-ahead two-run home run in Sunday's Pacific Coast League championship-clinching 3-1 victory over El Paso, William Boor of MLB.com reports.
The slugging infielder launched a two-run blast off Padres prospect Kyle Lloyd in the fifth, snapping a scoreless tie. Wisdom finished the regular season with a .243/.310/.507 line that included 57 extra-base hits (25 doubles, one triple and 31 homers) and 89 RBI, but he also posted a 29.4 percent strikeout rate that was the second-highest of his pro career. The 26-year-old also saw his walk rate drop to a career-low 7.5 percent, so his plate discipline remains a work in progress, despite a surge in power that helped lead to a personal-best .263 ISO. Wisdom figures to have ample opportunity to show what he can do in spring training next March after slashing an impressive .300/.405/.667 with three round trippers and six RBI over 25 games during the 2017 exhibition slate.
Wisdom is slashing .257/.316/.493 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI across 301 plate appearances in 75 games for Triple-A Memphis.
The 25-year-old third baseman has an additional 16 extra-base hits in the form of 15 doubles and a triple, and he's seen a sizable boost in overall hard contact this season. Wisdom logged 78 games at the Triple-A level in 2016 as well, but managed only five homers, a .233 average and .141 ISO. The latter figure has jumped up nearly 100 points to .237 in 2017, which helps offset an increase in strikeout rate from 24.7 percent to 28.9 percent. Wisdom's .493 slugging percentage is also his best in any minor-league stop in which he's played at least 25 games, as are his 16 round trippers. The one conundrum with respect to a potential ascension for Wisdom is that the corner infield spots at the major-league level are currently in the capable hands of Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter.
Wisdom was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Wisdom enjoyed an excellent spring, hitting .300 with two doubles, three home runs, six RBI, five walks, two stolen bases and seven runs over 37 plate appearances. He scuffled at Memphis last season, however, slashing just .233/.303/.374 over 294 plate appearances. Therefore, he'll look to build on the momentum he generated against big-league arms and put together a much stronger minor-league campaign in 2017.
Wisdom went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 9-2 Grapefruit League win over the Marlins.
The versatile rookie now has three homers overall after blasting a seventh-ining solo shot. Wisdom is enjoying an excellent spring overall, hitting .357 with a double, three RBI, two walks and six runs in 14 at-bats across 10 games. The 25-year-old slashed .233/.303/.374 with 20 doubles, one triple, five homers, 30 RBI and five stolen bases in 294 plate appearances at Triple-A Memphis last season, where he appears ticketed to begin the 2017 campaign.
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