Red Sox Spring Training: Michael Chavis is making some noise
The Red Sox are giving their prospects plenty of playing time this Spring. One name to watch this season is going to be Michael Chavis.
The season is officially underway as spring training games have begun. The Red Sox have taken a great approach to their lineups so far this preseason as they’ve relied on a heavy mix of vets and prospects. This has not only given the organization but also fans a chance to see what the team could be in 2019.
With only three games under their belts, the Red Sox are already 3-0 in spring training picking up right where they left off in 2018. With many of the young prospects that were invited to camp already making some noise, one name has been the loudest. The player in question is third base prospect, Michael Chavis. Per the MLB, Chavis is the top prospect in the Red Sox farm system, and there’s clear evidence why.
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So far during Spring Training Chavis has already tallied 2 HR and 6 RBI in only 6 at-bats. That’s a hell of a start for the 23-year-old third baseman. Alex Cora has also been playing Chavis all over the diamond giving him cracks at first base as well as second. If Chavis can continue to keep even a fraction of this momentum up there’s a good shot we’ll see him with the big club at some time this year.
This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about Michael Chavis this preseason as he came into camp with some hype behind his name. With Rafael Devers and Eduardo Nunez already on the main roster, third base isn’t exactly a vacant position. But like I mentioned above, Chavis has been working his way around the horn. This gives him a huge level of versatility so he’d be able to work almost the entire infield if ever called upon.
Now, Chavis isn’t without fault and he did serve an 80-game suspension last season for PED usage. Something that is and isn’t surprising considering the need to compete and desire to earn a spot on the roster. But he’s put the suspension in the rearview mirror and is leaving it in the past. It’s pretty clear that he’s coming into camp wanting to not only put that mess behind him but also do what he can to make it a nonfactor.
Anything can happen over the span of a 182 game season and there’s always the chance that Michael Chavis could get the call. As we all know the injury bug can bite at any moment and when it does it tends to make it count. If he continues this kind of production during the season then it’ll be damn near impossible to not bring him up to the big show.
Spring Training is a magical time for baseball fans as it gives us not only a chance to see how the main club is looking but also a chance to see the future. So far in his early career it damn sure appears that Michael Chavis will be the future of the Red Sox. If he keeps doing what he’s doing, that future may come much earlier than we thought.