Michael Chavis Portland Sea Dogs  |  Third Base


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Age: 22
Born: August 11, 1995
Marietta, GA
Height: 5-10
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st round, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Sprayberry Senior HS (GA)
ETA: Late 2018

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Scouting Scratch: Guerra, Chavis, Longhi (9.3.15)
The Write-Up: Chavis, Basabe, Espinal (10.23.15)
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Scouting Scratch: Basabe and Chavis (7.26.16)
Scouting Scratch (7.28.17)

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 slightly open and utilizes a toe-tap 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. Developing approach and pitch recognition skills. Lot of swing-and-miss at present. Potential average hit tool. 

Power: Could develop plus power; capable of hitting 20-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 an average defender at third base, but could have to move to the corner outfield eventually. Played shortstop after signing, but was moved off the position for good to third base 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, at least, to poor numbers after a great start.

Summation: Has the ceiling of an everyday regular, but has a ways to go to reach that potential. 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, as he really doesn't profile at first base. Really confident player. Enthusiastic, really 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     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 2020
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2018
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
MLB Service Time (through 2016):
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2017): MilB contract
Trade Restrictions
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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)
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May 22-28, 2017)
Carolina League Player of the Month (May 2017)
2017 Carolina League All-Star
2017 Carolina League All-Star Game MVP
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