The Red Sox top prospect has been under a microscope after a lengthy suspension.
At the beginning of the year Michael Chavis was suspended for the usage of PED’s, resulting in a 80 game hiatus from top prospect status. The unfortunate consequence was a loss in over half a season and a loss at a chance of a potential September call up. Throughout the 2017 season, Chavis belted 31 homeruns – a career high – which will be marked with an asterisk until proven further this season.
The power hitting righty has had his share of struggles as of late, largely due to inactivity. He’s dealt with adapting to quality pitchers and establishing timing at the plate, which led to a bit of a cold streak; however he’s turned things around in his recent couple of weeks. Throughout his last 10 games, Chavis has been on a torrid pace. He’s possessed a .459, 17 hits, 4 doubles, and 2 homeruns.
The lack of homeruns this season is certainly a bit of a question, especially due to last season’s output, but as he continues to adapt it will come. In Portland, he’s excelled due to protection in the lineup in the form of rising prospect, Bobby Dalbec. The fellow third / first baseman has been one of the Red Sox system’s biggest surprises throughout the season, as he’s challenging for the MiLB lead in homeruns, and earned a call up to AA Portland within the recent weeks.
As of now, it is likely that Chavis will finish the season in Pawtucket. He’s not getting consistent reps at third with the emergence of Dalbec, and will soon prove to be ready for a call up. Without the suspension, Chavis may have began the season with Pawtucket, but has since been stuck at the Double A level.
Next season, the top prospect will have a legitimate opportunity to contend for a spot on the big league roster, but will likely end up in Pawtucket. If he made the Red Sox roster, it would likely force Rafael Devers to learn some first base. Defensive inconsistencies have mired Devers’ career in Boston and a long term swap to first base may work better for both the Red Sox, and the young star.
If Chavis is not on the Major League Roster before the Trade Deadline, it wouldn’t be out of the question for Dave Dombrowski to move him with the emergence of Dalbec.
He has a high ceiling and is certainly a prospect to keep an eye on throughout the rest of the season.