What to expect from Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis has he gets his chance to show his potential in the big leagues. He will be playing first base
Michael Chavis was called up from Pawtucket on Friday in the midst of a stellar season in Triple-A. The call up comes at a moment for Chavis to see what he’s got in the big leagues as injuries have taken over the Boston Red Sox.
Chavis will be used at first base, according to Alex Cora. In the minors, he’s been killing the ball. He has four home runs, six RBI’s, and an average of .250. His projection for 2019 is to have 363 at-bats 17 home runs, 54 RBI’s, a.242 average and .748 OPS.
What else to expect from Chavis is his time at first base. You’ll get to see how he does at the position. He played first base in the 2017 Arizona Fall League and did well in the minors this season, though he’s also been used at second base.
In his six seasons in the minors, he’s had 470 assists, 40 double plays turned, and only 56 errors which aren’t a lot in six years. He also has zero errors at first and second base in his career at the Triple-A level. Giving him the experience of being at the big league level will be good for him. It gives him the opportunity to see what the pace of play is like in the majors and hopefully makes the best of it. He’s got potential and let’s see if he can help the Sox out in a positive way.
The other thing he can bring is he gets on base. He has 237 RBI’s in his six years in the minors. He has a total of 399 hits in the minors which is what the Sox need right now, people that can get on base. The Sox are struggling to get hits and leaving runners at third base with nobody out and can’t bring them in. They have the talent but are in a slump to begin the season. Hopefully, Chavis can bring the hits they need to get runners on base and score.
It will also be a learning experience for him. Not just on the field but off the field too. Players like Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez, and many others can show him the ropes of what the clubhouse is like and offer him tips as to be a better ballplayer. Martinez can show him maybe a different technique to use at the plate to get even more hits and home runs. He can also learn so much from Cora, who has a great baseball mind. He sees Chavis’ potential what it could be in the big leagues and it’s all positive.
Chavis felt disappointed in himself when he tested positive for PED’s and was suspended for 80 games in 2018. He had a breakout season the year before then tested positive after that season. When he came back though he was the same player he was in 2017, winning the fans and the organization back. Now he has a chance to really make a name for himself in the big leagues and what better place than Boston.