The Arizona Diamondbacks have scored two run over their past two games. One player in their Minor League system nearly quadrupled that output in one game.
Jon Griffin, the first baseman for the Double A Mobile BayBears, slugged four home runs and drove in seven runs during his team’s 17-7 victory over the Tennessee Smokies. Griffin, who is not considered one of the higher prospects in the Arizona system, was hitting a modest .261/.351/.426 with five home runs and 20 RBI’s in 39 games. He first connected in the fifth inning on a solo blast and went yard again with no one on base the following inning. In the seventh, Griffin belted a three-run shot and he followed up for good measure in the ninth with a two-run dinger. His outburst helped keep Mobile in first place heading into Thursday’s action. Earlier today, Griffin hit another home run, extending his streak to five straight at-bats with a four-bagger.
The 6-foot-6, 230 pound Griffin was taken in the 21st round of the 2011 Draft from Central Florida. He put up impressive numbers in 2012 between Single A and Double A ball with 28 home runs and 102 RBI’s with a slash line of .304/.366/.523. He slumped last year to 10, 62 and .259/.312/.389, missing the final month of the season with a hand injury, the same one he first hurt in college. Unfortunately for the big guy, first base is occupied for quite a while by Paul Goldschmidt. However, maybe we can see him hit a towering blast at Chase Field in September.
Griffin became the second player in Southern League history to hit four home runs in one game. The first to do it was George Kalafatis on July 1, 1969, for Montgomery.