Red Sox Prospect Watch: Michael Chavis moves up to Triple-A

SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 5: Michael Chavis hugs his family after being chosen 26th overall by the Boston Red Sox during the MLB First-Year Player Draft at the MLB Network Studio on June 5, 2014 in Secacucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 5: Michael Chavis hugs his family after being chosen 26th overall by the Boston Red Sox during the MLB First-Year Player Draft at the MLB Network Studio on June 5, 2014 in Secacucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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I know I spent a lot of time talking about Chavis in the last slide, but I managed to never even mention his Triple-A numbers. So far, the third baseman has destroyed Triple-A pitching. Even after a 0-for-4 on Tuesday, he’s slashing .429/.455/.857 with six RBI and eight runs scored. Chavis has three doubles and two home runs in 21 at-bats.

Rusney Castillo‘s still leading Pawtucket in nearly every offensive category. He was also selected to the 2018 International League All-Star team. Triple-A isn’t for him, but the Red Sox don’t exactly have a spot for him at the moment.

Tzu-Wei Lin is hitting .315 and is currently on a five-game hitting streak. The shortstop will be back with the Red Sox in September and could be a factor down the stretch.

Sam Travis will also be with the Red Sox in September. He’s put together a solid season despite that abysmal start. The first baseman is in the midst of a slump at the moment though and will need to straighten it out before he rejoins Boston. Still, a .251 average is fantastic considering where it was heading into July.

Josh Ockimey is up to .243 in Triple-A after a solid week that saw him crank two more home runs. The first baseman now has five homers and 14 RBI for Pawtucket. Overall this season he has 20 homers and 70 RBI. That’s a new career-best for blasts in a season, while the RBI are just four off his career-high.

Christian Vazquez went 0-for-3 in his first game with Pawtucket after going 1-for-2 with three RBI in his only game for Portland.

Steven Wright threw two scoreless innings in a rehab start, allowing no hits and one walk while striking out one.

Shepherd has earned a chance to prove himself in the Majors. The 26-year-old has played the entire year in Triple-A and has a 3.93 ERA over a career-high 123 2/3 innings to show for it. His numbers aren’t dominant, but they’re more-than-serviceable and deserve a look at the MLB level.

Mike Shawaryn was roughed up in his start this week, giving up 10 hits and six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. He was doing so good in Triple-A though that despite the bad start and limited innings so far, his numbers aren’t miserable. The right-hander has a 4.32 ERA  in 25 innings, while opponents are hitting .245 against him.

Travis Lakins threw four more scoreless innings this week and now has a 2.08 ERA over 13 Triple-A innings. He also has a .208 batting average against, and 14 strikeouts in that time. It seems unlikely that the reliever will join the team in September, but he would deserve a chance if given one.