Red Sox star Michael Chavis named AL Rookie of the Month for May
The Boston Red Sox are bringing some more silverware to Fenway as rising sensation Michael Chavis was named the A.L. Rookie of the Month for May.
Michael Chavis hasn’t been in the majors for very long but he’s already made a big impact with the Red Sox. He got the call-up in April against the Rays and it’s been off to the races ever since for the Ice Horse. He just completed his first full month with the big club and was awarded the A.L. Rookie for the Month for May.
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The Red Sox have a great core of young talent and Chavis is a big part of that not only in the current but the foreseeable future. With an impressive stat line of .248/ 7 HR/19 RBI/14 Runs, absolutely impressive form the upstart second baseman. Chavis has not only been a monster at the plate but he’s been a force in the field.
Boston has had a handful of big names win the award before but Chavis is the first since Andrew Benintendi in 2017. Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, and Jonathan Papelbon have also taken home the Rookie of the Month Award for the Red Sox. That’s some pretty good company for Chavis to find himself in.
There is still lots of baseball to be played this season, but if the early stats tell us anything it’s that Michael Chavis is the real deal. He’s currently in a bit of a funk but a 2-4 night in the Bronx last night may be just what he needs to get hot again. He also made a game-saving diving play that allowed Boston to remain on top.
Going into the season it felt like everyone was ready to hand over the A.L. Rookie of the Year to Vlad Guerrero Jr., but it’s Chavis that is making the best case through the early part of the season. If he can keep this level of play going through October he very well may be the first Sox player since Pedroia to win the RotY. As we have flipped the calendar to June it’s hard to see that not being a reality.
Chavis isn’t the only member of the Red Sox to bring home some hardware today as fellow youngster Rafael Devers was named the A.L. Player of the Month. Another big accomplishment for the young core that Boston is building at the moment. With both becoming everyday players the Red Sox have set themselves up for success.
The Sox find themselves 8.5 games back of the division-leading Yankees. If they want to dig themselves out of the hole they’re in they’ll need Chavis to keep producing at the level he has been. This season is far from over and with the exciting young players that Boston fields everyday, it’s just a matter of time before they turn things around. I doubt this will be the last player award that Michael Chavis will be placing on his mantle.