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Red Sox Prospect Michael Chavis Has Been On Fire In Salem

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Boston Red Sox Third Base Prospect Michael Chavis Has Been On Fire In Salem

The Boston Red Sox prospect pool might be shrinking over the last couple of years, but there are still some golden nuggets littered throughout the organization including one playing in Salem right now.

Michael Chavis is a 21-years-old right-handed hitting third basemen who is playing in High-A Salem for the Boston Red Sox. Chavis was drafted in 2014 in the first round with the 26th overall pick straight out of High School and has been playing in the Red Sox minor leagues ever since. Chavis is now in his fourth season in the Boston Red Sox organization and is coming into his own offensively and giving the Red Sox something to think about in the near future.

Chavis has something of a Triple-Crown season going on in High-A ball and leads the league in batting average (.345), home runs (17), and RBIs (55). His slash line is also impressive with .345/.414/.694. The difference between this season and the last couple of years? Chavis is striking out less 20.3% compared to 25.9% in the previous season and his walk rate continues to tick upwards season over season with Chavis having a 7.8% walking percentage.

Chavis has had one big weakness this year, and that is his fielding. In 23 games at third-base this season Chavis has committed 9 errors, one short of his 10 errors in 2016 which came in 68 games for Salem. Chavis came into the organization as a shortstop which was his natural position in High School, shortly after joining though Boston transitioned him over to third but scouts theorize that eventually you could see Chavis transition to second base or the outfield.

At the plate Chavis swing can be described as being short and compact with a wide slightly open stance and as he comes around he has excellent bat speed and has the ability to track the ball well. Chavis does have the ability to get long with his swing, but in the past that has opened up a hole on the inner half of the plate. When it comes to power scouts project Chavis to be more of an above-average type of power player which he has developed from gap power that he had when he entered the organization.

Chavis’s last projected ETA to Boston is sometime in the 2019 season with Rafael Devers currently ahead of him in the organization in terms of third base prospect depth. With Devers likely getting called up to AAA-Pawtucket soon, you could see the streaking Chavis get his chance at AA-Portland in the near future.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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