Michael Chavis Portland Sea Dogs |  Third Base


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Age: 23
Born: August 11, 1995
Marietta, GA
Height: 5-10
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st round, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Sprayberry Senior HS (GA)
ETA: Mid 2019

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Physical Description: Slightly undersized but well-built frame. Strong core, thick lower half. Minimal physical projection remaining. Solid athlete.

Hit: Compact swing. Wide base in stance. Starts vertical with a slightly open stance and utilizes a short leg kick timing device. Has quick hands and is loose at the plate. Possesses plus bat speed. Tracks the ball well. Swing can get long, creating a hole on the inner half. Has a lot of swing-and-miss at present. Still developing an approach, he is aggressive early in the count, hunting fastballs and looking to pull the ball. Susceptible to breaking balls, but pitch recognition has improved and strikeout rate decreased as he has moved up the system. Ability to make contact once suffered due to his tendency to sell out for power and try to hit every pitch out of the park, but reined in that tendency to a significant degree in 2017, leading to positive results. Has not completely lost tendency to swing for the fences on occasion, and will pop balls up as a result. Not a walker. Potential fringe-average hit tool.

Power: Could develop plus power, capable of hitting 25-plus home runs a year. Easy raw power comes from bat speed and ability to barrel the ball with backspin. Has already shown in-game, over-the-fence power, especially to the pull side. How much power actualizes at the highest level will be determined by how his hit tool develops.

Arm: Plus arm, able to make all the throws from third base, including deep against the foul line.

Field: Not the most fluid defender. Footwork is choppy and lets the ball play him at times. Hands work and has solid range. Has the raw tools to be at least a fringe-average defender at third base, but could have to move to the corner outfield or first base eventually. Started playing first base in the 2017 Arizona Fall League. Played shortstop initially after signing, but was moved off the position to third base very soon thereafter.

Run: Fringe-average runner. Wonít be a major part of his game, but could steal 5-10 bases a year mainly due to instincts.

Career Notes: Committed to Clemson before signing. Played shortstop, third base, and outfield in high school. Participated in 2014 and 2015 Fall Instructional League. Missed six weeks of the 2016 season with a left thumb injury, then broke a finger two weeks after coming off of the DL and didnít tell the team until September about the newer injury, leading in part to poor numbers after a great start. An elbow injury originally suffered before the start of the 2017 season put him on the DL for 11 days after playing in the season opener and limited him to DH duty until early May. Did not play back-to-back days at third base until the end of May. Improved previously crude approach by taking meticulous notes about plate appearances since 2017. A non-roster invitee to MLB Spring Training in 2018, suffered an oblique injury early in camp and was shut down. Consensus top 100 prospect entering 2018 season.

Summation: Has the potential to develop into an everyday regular. Needs to make major strides defensively and continue to develop his approach and pitch recognition. Will always be a bat-first player with potential for an average hit tool and plus power. Bat would be an asset if he can stick at third base long-term, but defensive struggles could push him to an outfield corner or first base. Has already worked out at the latter position, although he is an awkward fit there due to his height. Really confident player. Enthusiastic; enjoys playing the game. Hard worker. Student of the game. Injuries have slowed his development.

  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2014 Sprayberry Senior HS --- HS --- 18 28 81 30 47 9 1 13 37 97 14 10 21 --- 0.580 0.663 1.197 1.861
  2014 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 39 134 21 36 12 3 1 16 57 15 38 5 3 0.269 0.347 0.425 0.772
  2015 Greenville SAL A Bos 19 109 435 56 97 29 1 16 58 176 29  144 8 5 0.223 0.277 0.405 0.682
  2016 Greenville SAL A Bos 20 74 279 30 68 11 3 8 35 109 22 74 3 1 0.244 0.322 0.391 0.713
  2016 Salem Car A+ Bos 20 7 25 5 4 0 0 0 1 4 2 7 1 0 0.160 0.222 0.160 0.382
  2017 Salem Car A+ Bos 21 59 223 50 71 17 2 17 55 143 19 57 1 0 0.318 0.388 0.641 1.029
  2017 Portland East AA Bos 21 67 248 39  62 18 0 14 39 122 20 56 1 0 0.250 0.310 0.492 0.802
  2017 Peoria AFL Fall Bos 21 23 92 17 24 6 1 4 17 44 7 20 0 0 0.261 0.327 0.478 0.805
  2018 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 22     stats                            
  2018 Portland East AA Bos 22     stats                            
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: CHAY-viss
First Pro Contract:
June 23, 2014 by Brian Moehler
Signing Bonus: $1,870,500
MiLB Debut: July 5, 2014 (GCL)
MLFA Eligible: November 2021
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2018
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
MLB Service Time (through 2017):
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2018): MilB contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
2014 Perfect Game First-Team All-American
2014 Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year
Carolina League Player of the Week (April 17-23, 2017)
Carolina League Player of the Week (
May 22-28, 2017)
Carolina League Player of the Month (May 2017)
Red Sox Minor League Hitter of the Month (May 2017)
2017 Carolina League All-Star
2017 Carolina League All-Star Game MVP
2017 Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year
Eastern League Player of the Week (August 6-12, 2018)
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2017 SoxProspects.com Breakout Player of the Year
2017 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2018 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
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August 6-12, 2018)






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