James Swings Hot Bat

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By The Staff

Williston alum Jiwan James has been on a tear of late for the Clearwater Threshers, a Class A Advanced minor league baseball team in the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization.
James had a pair of singles and drove in a run in a 5-2 loss at Port St. Lucie (New York Mets) on Sunday. In the past 10 games, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound centerfielder is batting just under .500. He’s only struck out four times in 31 plate appearances in that span.
For the season, James has upped his batting average to .277 with 18 doubles. He leads the team in triples (5), runs (57) and stolen bases (18).
James was selected in the 22nd round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He originally was signed as a pitcher before switching to the outfield in 1999.