The Red Sox selected Michael Chavis in 2014 out of Marietta, Georgia. The young corner infielder had committed to Clemson University, but opted to sign with the Boston Red Sox, instead.
Immediately, Chavis was seen as a high-end prospect with raw power potential who could move relatively quickly through the system. Perfect Game compared his positional skills and power potential to then Cubs’ prospect, Javy Baez.
When asked to compare himself to a Major League player, Chavis responded based on size and power.
I haven’t exactly styled my game after anybody…For a second base comparison I was thinking Dan Uggla when he was on the Marlins. Third base, I think of myself as a David Wright. He’s not a big guy but he can hit for power. – Interview with MLBTradeRumors
For current Red Sox fans, those two names may not be awe-inspiring; however, keep in mind this was in 2014. Dan Uggla was an undersized middle infielder that was known for hitting baseballs a long way. Meanwhile, David Wright was the epitome of consistency in New York. Unfortunately, injuries derailed much of his legacy.
As previously mentioned, the scouts compared him to Javy Baez. A name that Red Sox fans are very familiar with.
Though listed at a mere 5’10” and 190 pounds, he has quick wrists and can drive the ball to all fields. This past season those wrists were on constant display when he smashed 31 homers between High A Salem and AA Portland.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL73wMPYiL8]
Defensively, Chavis is now focused on finding a home. The top prospect was drafted as a third baseman, but that position was quickly taken over by Rafael Devers for the foreseeable future.
Chavis entered this off-season heading to the Fall Instructional League where he will continue to get reps at third while also breaking in at a new position, first base. Despite being undersized for the position, he flashes the power potential that Dombrowski so craves out of his corner infielders.
In the offseason, Chavis has done nothing to hurt himself. The top prospect was named to the Arizona Fall League All Star team, which is not an easy task. Based on his continual success, there is no reason why we couldn’t be seeing him in Red Sox Spring Training. Despite finishing last season with the Portland Sea Dogs, it is very likely that he will begin this season in AAA.
The Red Sox are very content with where Chavis is at, as they do not intend on rushing him to Boston. The front office may be pleased with his progression, but they did not account for the loss of Dustin Pedroia.
Similar to Rafael Devers in 2017, if the Red Sox offense begins to falter, don’t be surprised to see the future star in Boston.