Three Boston Red Sox predictions for the 2019 regular season

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by his manager Alex Cora #20 after their teams 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by his manager Alex Cora #20 after their teams 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 27: Michael Chavis #65 of the Boston Red Sox rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during the Grapefruit League spring training game at JetBlue Park at Fenway South on February 27, 2019 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

3. Michael Chavis is a part-time starter by September

Michael Chavis was a first round pick in 2014 and struggled early in his minor league career. He finally broke out in 2017, displaying great power and was able to crack MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospects.

Red Sox fans have gotten their first look at him this Spring and he has not disappointed. In 21 at-bats, he has a 1.205 OPS with four home runs.

While it’s unclear where his future is defensively, his bat is what will make or break him. So far in ST, he has played 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Red Sox also want to try him out in the outfield and see what he can do there. If he makes an impact this season it will likely be at second or third. Rafael Devers is still waiting for a breakout. In a previous slide, I wrote about what I expect from Devers this season, which would make it difficult for Chavis to find playing time there which leaves second base.

Since debuting in 2006, Dustin Pedroia has been a mainstay in the Red Sox infield. He has a career OPS of .806 and has a terrific glove at second. However, coming off knee surgery, it is unknown what he can really contribute. Last year, second base was a really poor position for the Red Sox in terms of production, with Nunez clearly playing through injuries and Ian Kinsler struggling. Just strong defense would be an upgrade. Chavis though may offer more upside with the bat than any of the Red Sox options.

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I also think it is possible that Pedroia and Chavis split time at second later in the year to keep Pedroia rested which is why I say part-time starter. However, I hope Pedroia can return to form and be the player Red Sox fans know and love. Regardless of what happens this season, he is a Red Sox Hall of Famer.