Arizona Diamondbacks’ Minor Leaguer Hits 5 Consecutive Home Runs
Jon Griffin, a first basemen for the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ Double A affiliate Mobile Bay Bears, hit five consecutive home runs spanning over the length of two games. The streak started on Wednesday when Griffin went 5-for-6 with four home runs and seven RBIs, ending his day with four straight bombs. On Thursday, Griffin homered in his first AB to extend his streak to five consecutive home runs but grounded out in his next AB to end the streak.
The strange thing about this streak, however, is the fact that Griffin has not been much of a power hitter as of late. Before Wednesday, in 101 games at the AA level, Griffin had just 12 home runs. While he definitely is big enough, at 6-foot-6 and 230-pounds, he hasn’t been hitting many home runs. Griffin certainly has the potential to be a big power hitter, considering that he hit 28 home runs at High-A Visalia in 2012, his first full year at any level in pro baseball, as well as 32 home runs and 102 RBIs in 115 college baseball games at the University of Central Florida. Griffin is also not ranked in the Diamondbacks’ top 20 prospects, but this monster streak may spark a hot stretch in which Griffin can establish himself a more of a pro prospect.
Griffin will likely try and compete for a roster spot during spring training next year. He will certainly not be starting anytime soon with the presence of Paul Goldschmidt, but if he can build on his recent performance, Griffin may be a decently valuable trade chip in the future.