The Boston Red Sox had a massive call-up this week, leading to a lot of buzz surrounding their entire minor league system.
Then there’s Lin and Chavis. Second base is in shambles (for the second year in a row). Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez landed themselves on the IL with Brock Holt already on there. That led to those two getting the call, with Chavis being a surprise to most.
Everyone should play a role in the success of the team. Lin is an excellent defender and great base runner. He brings value in a lot of different ways.
Poyner struggled in his first outing with Boston this year, but he’s a superb bullpen arm. He gives the Red Sox a left-handed reliever and if given time to prove himself could definitely earn a full-time spot.
Finally, there’s Chavis. For most of his minor league career, he’s been a third baseman. He took up first base in 2018 though. All of a sudden, he started playing second base this year. It made sense as Boston’s had issues at the position for a few years now.
While many were skeptical, he’s looked solid at second so far. People tend to forget he was a shortstop when drafted in 2014 – so the middle infield isn’t exactly “new” to him.
It’s not his defense the Red Sox are excited about anyways. Chavis has as legitimate of a bat as you can get. He’s got potential to hit for a solid average while absolutely crushing the ball and driving in runs. So far, he’s 1-for-5 with a double and a walk. The right-handed hitter will likely get a lot of opportunities though.