Blaze Jordan Portland Sea Dogs Third Base - First Base

       
 
Age: 21
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: Mid 2025
   

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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 (1/24): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2024): 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.

Hit: Starts square and utilizes a quick leg kick timing device. Has bat speed. Takes a second to get going, but has 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. Approach is a work in progress. Very aggressive early in counts and chases too often. Has had trouble making contact against better pitching and against velocity, especially when up in the zone. Will always have swing-and-miss in his game. Has struggled with velocity in the mid-90s and higher. Did show some improvement against velocity after 2022 promotion to Greenville, but struggled again in 2023 against plus velocity. Will make contact, but struggles to impact the ball against that type of velocity. Potential fringe-average hit tool.

Power: Plus-to-better raw power. Raw power does not have much projection, as he is already maxed out physically. Natural loft in swing. Produces solid max exit velocities. Drives the ball with backspin. Has shown all-fields power and the ability to drive the ball well out of the ballpark. Above-average in-game power potential.

Run: Well below-average speed. Projects to get slower as he matures.

Field: Has split time defensively between third base and first base, and likely will end up at first. Showed improved agility and mobility later in high school, but is not a natural defender at third. Lacks fluidity in the field, footwork needs work. Below-average range. Hands work much better at first base than third. Shows confidence picking balls in the dirt and lack of range is not as much of an issue there. Potential above-average defender at first base and below-average defender at third.

Arm: Above-average arm strength. Has the arm strength needed for third base. Hit 92 mph on the mound in high school.
  Career Notes: Was well-known from a young age thanks to viral YouTube videos showing his power, such as one with nearly 1.5 million views in which he hit an alleged 500-foot home run at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas at age 13. As a result, is still fairly well-known nationally and gets a number of endorsement deals. Won the High School Home Run Derby at the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. Recorded the highest exit velocity of any player at the 2019 World Wood Bat Championships (106.9 mph). Attended the same high school as Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley. Reclassified from the 2021 draft class to the 2020 class and was therefore very young for his draft class. Was committed to Mississippi State when he signed. Participated in the 2020 Fall Instructional League. After being promoted from the FCL to Low-A Salem in August 2021, missed roughly two weeks before playing nine games and then missing the final two weeks of the season, all for what, at the time, were undisclosed reasons. In the fall of 2023, Jordan revealed that he had been dealing with severe anxiety and depression that required a hospital stay. Participated in the 2021 Fall Performance Program. Participated in the 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Was set to participate in the 2022 Fall Performance Program that was canceled due to Hurricane Ian.

Summation: Potential up-and-down bench bat. Ceiling of a bat-first regular, likely at first base. Really has to hit, as he is maxed out and has a tough profile as a potential 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 his conditioning. Ultimate defensive position is likely first base, but has a better chance to be able to play at least part time at third base now than when he signed.

Links
Red Sox select Blaze Jordan with third-round pick (6.11.2020)
Scout Chatter (11.24.2020)
Scout Chatter (8.26.2021)
Countdown to Spring Training (3.6.2023)
 
   
     
    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 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 18 19 69 12 25 7 1 4 19 46 6 13 1 0 0.362 0.408 0.667 1.075
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 18 9 36 7 9 1 0 2 7 16 2 8 0 0 0.250 0.289 0.444 0.734
  2022 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 19 95 370 48 106 29 3 8 57 165 37 67 4 1 0.286 0.357 0.446 0.803
  2022 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 19 25 93 12 28 1 0 4 11 41 11 27 1 0 0.301 0.387 0.441 0.828
  2023 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 20 73 287 48 93 22 1 12 55 153 28 47 2 0 0.324 0.385 0.533 0.918
  2023 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 20 49 189 19 48 10 0 6 31 76 12 28 0 0 0.254 0.296 0.402 0.698
  2024 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 22     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Carolina League Player of the Week (May 9-15, 2022)
Carolina League Player of the Week (June 20-26, 2022)
South Atlantic League Player of the Week (June 12-18, 2023)
2023 South Atlantic League Season-End All-Star
  SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 26-August 1, 2021)
2021 SoxProspects.com All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 9-15, 2022)
2022 SoxProspects.com All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (June 12-18, 2023)
2023 SoxProspects.com All-Star
 
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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