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D.J. Short breaks down Jazz Chisholm's recent struggles and explains whether or not managers should consider dropping the Marlins rookie.
DJ SHORT: Marlins infielder Jazz Chisholm was an early-season waiver-wire sensation, particularly because of his impressive power-speed combo atop Miami's lineup, but he's had a rough go of it of late. Chisholm was sporting a .290 batting average and a .926 OPS before injuring his hamstring in late April. And while he had some success upon his return in May, he soon went down with an ankle sprain. While Chisholm only ended up missing a few days, he has hit just .231 with a .296 on-base percentage over 16 games since returning as of Thursday, June 17.
The most discouraging part has been the plate discipline. Chisholm actually showed some good patience along with the exciting power and speed to begin the year, but he's sporting a 41-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his last 28 games. He has a 19-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 71 plate appearances during this most recent stretch.
And if you know anything about the way Chisholm has emerged, the struggles with his approach shouldn't be a surprise. He struck out 32.1% of the time in AA in 2019. Pitchers have clearly adjusted to Chisholm, so now it's contingent upon him to bounce back. With his counting-stat ability and his ability to hit the ball hard, Chisholm probably isn't to the point of dropping in most fantasy leagues, but it could be a tougher call if he loses his place near the top of the Marlins' lineup.