It was clear when the Boston Red Sox drafted Michael Chavis in the first round that they had high hopes for him. A third baseman by trade who plays all over the field appealed to Boston, especially when that player is a five-tool guy. Once Boston offered a $1.8705 million signing bonus, Chavis was good to go and joined the Red Sox organization.
At first he struggled mightily, but now Chavis seems to be adjusting to pro ball well. Coming from Georgia, the now 19-year-old played against some of the best high school baseball in the country which certainly makes the transition from high school to pro a little less extreme.
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Making his pro debut on July 5th for the GCL Red Sox, Chavis struggled through the month of July. In 17 games he slashed .125/.234/.196 which shows his struggles adjusting to pro ball. Since the start of August however, Chavis is a completely different player. So far in 13 games this month his slash line has risen dramatically and is now up to .349/.417/.488.
He has yet to see much time in the field, but it is clear that third base is his position, as he has booted five balls at shortstop in 12 games playing there. To put it this way, Mookie Betts made six errors at shortstop for the Lowell Spinners in 2012 and he is doing just fine so, Chavis will be fine as well.
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Although he has yet to hit a home run, the signs of power are there as roughly 41% of his hits have been for extra bases. In addition, he clubbed 13 homers his senior year and nearly half of his hits were for extra bases (23 out of 47).
Things look so-far-so-good for Michael Chavis at this point. A top prospect in the Boston Red Sox farm system, he has potential in every aspect of the game. It will be interesting to see both what type of player he develops into and where he plays on defense. Whether or not he becomes a serious power hitter, on-base machine or speedster is up for debate, but what is for sure is that Chavis can play the game.
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