Michael Chavis
Michael Chavis
23-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Boston Red Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was quite a bit of buzz surrounding Chavis after his showing in the 2017 Arizona Fall League, but an 80-game suspension for a positive PED test took away a lot of his shine. Chavis did what he could to get some of it back after he served his ban, hitting .303/.388/.508 with six homers in 33 games with Double-A Portland to earn a late-season promotion to the Red Sox's top affiliate, but the suspension casts a shadow over his season and creates a sliver of doubt about the legitimacy of what he's done in the past. It's unfair to cast aside everything he's done. After all, Chavis is a legitimate pedigree guy, having been a first-round pick in 2014, but the true skills baseline can't be known. While the Red Sox added Chavis to the 40-man roster in the offseason, there's no real chance he will be with the club to start the season and he will likely need more than one long-term injury ahead of him to get an extended look in Boston in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with the Red Sox for $1.870 million in June 2014.
Gets leadoff opportunity
3BBoston Red Sox
May 19, 2019
Chavis will lead off and start at second base Sunday against the Astros, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Chavis has typically slotted in anywhere between the fifth and seventh spots in the order, but he'll get his first turn in the leadoff spot with normal table setter Andrew Benintendi sitting out. The rise up the lineup may give Chavis' stock a boost in DFS contests, but he'll likely drop back down in the order once Benintendi returns to action Monday in Toronto.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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2
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10
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .973 24 5 3 5 1 .227 .292 .682
Since 2017vs Right .905 80 10 4 16 1 .299 .413 .493
2019vs Left .973 24 5 3 5 1 .227 .292 .682
2019vs Right .905 80 10 4 16 1 .299 .413 .493
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .878 70 10 4 16 1 .295 .386 .492
Since 2017Away 1.025 34 5 3 5 1 .250 .382 .643
2019Home .878 70 10 4 16 1 .295 .386 .492
2019Away 1.025 34 5 3 5 1 .250 .382 .643
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Michael Chavis compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
13.5%
 
K Rate
26.9%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.258
 
AVG
.281
 
OBP
.385
 
SLG
.539
 
OPS
.924
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A thumb injury derailed his 2016 campaign, but nothing held Chavis back last season as he established himself as the Red Sox’s top prospect. Among hitters with at least 250 plate appearances, Chavis led the Carolina League in SLG (.641), OPS (1.029), ISO (.323) and wRC+ (187). His batting average dropped off a little after a promotion to the Eastern League, but that was largely due to a .265 BABIP. In fact, his strikeout rate actually improved after the promotion, and he still hit for a ton of power (.242 ISO). His offensive profile will likely always be power over hit, with the potential to mirror Brian Dozier’s production without the stolen bases. Blocked at third base, Chavis could probably handle the keystone, but played first base in the Arizona Fall League, as that’s the position where the Red Sox have the most immediate need. Given how aggressive Boston has been about promoting top prospects under Dave Dombrowski, Chavis could make his MLB debut in the second half if he continues to rake this summer.
Chavis' pro career has stalled since he was selected in the first round (26th overall) of the 2014 draft out of high school. He opened a second straight season at Low-A Greenville and was promoted to High-A Salem in August. His promotion was hardly earned, but after 783 plate appearances in the South Atlantic League, it was time to move on. In retrospect, perhaps the Red Sox were too aggressive in having him start at Low-A in 2015, when he had a .682 OPS in 109 games with the Drive. It hasn't been all doom-and-gloom for the Georgia native, who was having a monster April (.992 OPS) before injuring his thumb. His fade from June until the end of the season may have been the result of the thumb injury, but there are underlying concerns like his 30 percent career strikeout rate. At any rate, 2017 is an important year for Chavis, who at 21, is still young enough to develop a potential plus hit tool.
Chavis, a 2014 first-round draft pick, had himself a nice spring training and the 19-year-old earned a placement at Boston’s full-season affiliate in Greenville of the Low-A South Atlantic League. The full-season assignment may have been too aggressive, as Chavis started slowly and never hinted at the projected plus hit tool. He finished with a line of .223/.277/.405 while striking out a whopping 144 times in 471 plate appearances (30.5%). He has more potential as a hitter than he showed in 2015, but seems a long way off from being a first-team major leaguer at this point. Despite a short stature, he’s got a compact build and projects as an above-average power hitter –- his 16 home runs led the Drive. Defensively, he had problems with the accuracy of his throws and footwork, but he’ll remain at third base for now. Given his struggles last season, it would not be surprising to see him repeat at Low-A to begin 2016 with a quick promotion to High-A Salem likely.
Chavis was Boston's first-round selection in the 2014 draft out of high school in Georgia. He signed quickly, and was assigned to the organization's Gulf Coast League affiliate. He slashed .269/.347/.425 in 150 plate appearances in the rookie league with 16 of his 36 hits going for extra bases. He's considered a polished hitter who grades out with solid-average power potential. Chavis was a shortstop in high school and will continue on that track initially in the organization, but he may switch to second or third base eventually. He participated in the Fall Instructional League before getting ready for his first full season of professional baseball. The Red Sox may elect to keep him at extended spring training to begin 2015, before an assignment to short-season Lowell during the summer.
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Extra-inning hero
3BBoston Red Sox
May 15, 2019
Chavis went 2-for-5 with a walkoff single in Wednesday's 6-5, extra-inning win over the Rockies.
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Blasts seventh homer
3BBoston Red Sox
May 14, 2019
Chavis went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the Rockies.
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Slows down at plate
3BBoston Red Sox
May 11, 2019
Chavis went 0-for-5 with an RBI and two strikeouts in Friday's 14-1 win over the Mariners.
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Could see work in outfield
3BBoston Red Sox
May 8, 2019
The Red Sox are considering using Chavis in the outfield, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Not in lineup
3BBoston Red Sox
May 8, 2019
Chavis is not starting Wednesday against the Orioles, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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