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.