24 Apr

there it is

Blaze Jordan is on the board. The former DeSoto Central High star’s first home run of the season might be a sign that his bat is coming to life. Playing for Boston’s Double-A Portland club, Jordan went 2-for-5 on Tuesday night, driving in four runs in a 9-6 loss at Hartford. After starting the season 1-for-18, Jordan has a modest four-game hit streak that has bumped his average to .174 through 12 games. Jordan’s tremendous power earned him a national rep as an amateur player, and the Red Sox picked him as a 17-year-old in the third round of the 2020 draft. Four years later, power is still his dominant tool, though the 6-foot-1, 220-pound corner infielder has hit only 37 homers in 282 career minor league games. He carries a .291 average. MLB Pipeline’s scouting report says Jordan needs to be “more selective in hunting for pitches to launch and turning his right-handed swing loose when he gets them.” That happened Tuesday night, when he pulled a first-pitch fastball up in the zone over the left-field wall. Jordan has been an organization All-Star for the Red Sox the last two years, though he has slipped to No. 19 on their prospect chart. This will be his first full season at the Double-A level, a big test for the 21-year-old.

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