Blaze Jordan Salem Red Sox Third Base - First Base

Age: 18
Born: December 19, 2002
Birthplace: Southhaven, MS
Height: 6-2
Weight: 220
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 3rd round, 2020 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Mississippi St. commit)
High School: DeSoto Central (MS)
ETA: Late 2024

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: July 17, 2020 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Danny Watkins
Signing Bonus: $1,750,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2024
MLFA Eligible: November 2027
Pro Debut: June 28, 2021 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
Twitter: @blaze_j24
Instagram: @blazejordan24

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  Physical Description: Thick, physically mature frame. Minimal remaining projection. Will have to watch his body as he gets older. Lost weight and did a much better job maintaining his conditioning as he got older in high school.

Hit: Starts square and utilizes a quick leg kick timing device. Mature approach for his age. Has bat speed. Quick hands and really whips his hips through during his swing. Natural feel for hit and will make pitchers pay when they make a mistake. Has had trouble making contact against better pitching and against velocity, especially when up in the zone. Struggled with velocity in the mid-90s and higher at the 2020 Fall Instructional League. Development of hit tool will be key in order to be able to tap into his raw power.

Power: Plus power potential. Natural loft in swing. Drives the ball with backspin. Potential carrying tool. Has shown all-fields power and the ability to drive the ball well out of the ballpark. Raw power does not have much projection, as he is already maxed out physically.

Run: Below-average speed. Likely to get slower as he matures.

Field: Will start his career as a third baseman, but likely will end up at first base. Improved agility and mobility with weight loss gives him a small chance to stick at third. Lacks fluidity in the field, footwork needs work. Hands need improvement. If he does stick at third, projects as a fringe-average defender at best.
  Arm: Average arm strength. Has hit 92 mph on the mound.

Career Notes: Very young for his draft class. Reclassified in May 2019 from the 2021 class to the 2020 class. Committed to Mississippi State. Won the High School Home Run Derby at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. Recorded the highest exit velocity of anyone at the 2019 World Wood Bat Championships (106.9 mph). Attended the same high school as Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley. Had been one of the better-known players on the national circuit for his age since starting high school, in part because of viral YouTube videos showing his power. Participated in the 2020 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: Ceiling of a bat-first regular, likely at first base. Really has to hit, as he is maxed out and has a tough potential profile as a right-right first baseman. A favorite of predictive models due to his age compared to his draft class, elite exit velocities, and bat speed. Needs to show he can hit advanced pitching in order to tap into his raw power, which is his best tool. Will have to watch conditioning. Ultimate defensive position is still to be determined.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.

Red Sox select Blaze Jordan with third-round pick (6.11.2020)
Scout Chatter (11.24.2020)
Scout Chatter (8.26.2021)
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2017 DeSoto Central HS HS --- 14 13 29 5 15 2 0 2 11 23 0 7 1 - 0.517 0.517 0.793 1.310
  2018 DeSoto Central HS HS --- 15 37 108 38 46 14 0 7 37 81 22 22 8 - 0.427 0.533 0.750 1.283
  2019 DeSoto Central HS HS --- 16 37 116 39 51 11 1 10 46 94 24 8 7 - 0.440 0.528 0.810 1.338
  2020 DeSoto Central HS HS --- 17 13 45 14 19 6 5 0 4 35 7 7 4 - 0.422 0.509 0.777 1.287
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 17 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 18     stats                            
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 18     stats                            
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