Red Sox News: Former first-round pick signs with White Sox, Nick Yorke promoted

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A former Boston Red Sox top prospect has been frequently on the move since he was traded from the organization in 2021. He's moved again, into different color Sox, this time.

Michael Chavis on agreed to a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox organization on June 5 after he opted out of his previous contract with the Mariners over the weekend.

The Red Sox took Chavis in the first round of the 2014 draft and he carried high expectations throughout his time with the organization. His skill set never panned out as hoped, though, and he was eventually traded to the Pirates in 2021 for relief pitcher Austin Davis.

Chavis played 48 games with the Nationals in 2023 and posted a .242/.281/.341 slash line. He got off to a good start with Seattle's Triple-A affiliate in 2024 — he batted .290/.366/.485 with seven homers in 48 games with Tacoma.

Chavis has a good shot to play himself back into the majors with the struggling White Sox. The squad has a poor record and many injuries, and Chavis could be a solid backup for any infield positions.

Michael Chavis signs minor-league deal with White Sox, Red Sox infield prospect Nick Yorke promoted to Triple-A

Also on June 5, the Red Sox promoted infield prospect Nick Yorke from Double-A Portland to Triple-A Worcester. Yorke made his WooSox debut that same night and posted quality numbers.

The second baseman collected a hit, a stolen base, and a walk in his first Triple-A outing, and made some nifty defensive plays. Yorke batted .251/.325/.366 with four homers, eight doubles and eight stolen bags in 45 games with the Sea Dogs.

Yorke told MassLive he was shocked to be promoted to Triple-A. The 22-year-old has been with the Red Sox organization since 2020 and injuries have derailed his progress along the way.

A few of Yorke's former Portland teammates are expected to be promoted soon, including Boston's No. 1 prospect Marcelo Mayer and No. 3 prospect Kyle Teel. Yorke and Mayer are expected to debut at the big-league level in 2024, so Sox fans may see them at Fenway sooner rather than later.

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