Michael Chavis: Prospect Profile for Boston Red Sox 1st-Round Pick

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 6, 2014

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Player: Michael Chavis

Drafted by: Boston Red Sox

Position: SS/3B

DOB:  8/11/1995 (Age: 18)

Height/Weight: 6'0", 185 pounds

Bats/Throws: R/R

School: Sprayberry (Georgia) HS

College Commitment: Clemson




Full Scouting Report

Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.

Hitting: 50/60

He's one of the best high school hitters in the class, though the individual tools are going to leave something to be desired; excellent swing from the right side with plus bat speed and some loft at the end to project for power; solid approach, rarely chasing out of the zone, and can recognize a breaking ball better than an average player his age; doesn't always get hips into the swing, leading to soft contact or pulling off balls on the outer half. 

Power: 45/55

More power than you would expect, given his small stature, but Chavis' hands and wrists are explosive through the zone, and the barrel finds the ball a lot; not much loft in his finish, but plenty to see a lot of those line drives going over the fence; quick hips and a sturdy lower half to put a charge into the ball. 

Plate Discipline: 45/55

Chavis boasts a keen eye at the plate, showing the ability to fight off quality pitches on the outer half and avoid breaking balls in the dirt; occasionally open stance leaves him vulnerable to velocity outside, but the contact is so easy that it's not a big problem going forward. 

Speed: 50/45

The Clemson commit is just an average runner and is going to get a little bigger as he reaches peak physical form, so the speed is never going to be more than fringy; smart, instinctive baserunner who can steal a handful of bags when he learns to read professional pitching. 

Defense: 45/50

A lot of uncertainty about his future position; doesn't have the range or arm strength to stay at shortstop in pro ball; not much athleticism in his body, though there is some decent lateral movement to project as a fringe-average third baseman; bat will also play in a corner outfield spot, if the infield doesn't work. 

Arm: 55/55

Arm strength is Chavis' best present tool, though it's not in the elite category; can make all the throws asked of him but isn't going to be confused with Andrelton Simmons anytime soon; above-average arm could allow him to stay at third if a team believes in the glove enough to keep him there. 

MLB Player Comparison: Martin Prado

Even though Chavis doesn't have the versatility of Prado, he's a comparable player both physically and on the diamond. The one difference is that Prado plays with average power, while Chavis projects to have above-average pop. Both players have a solid approach at the plate, take walks and are going to hit for average. 

Projection: Above-average third baseman on first-division team


MLB ETA: 2018


Chances of Signing: 85 percent

There's little chance Chavis ends up going to college. He's rising up draft boards because of his performance with the bat this season and stands to gain nothing by passing up the pro experience. 

The one thing that could prevent him from signing is a draft-day fall due to his slight frame and questionable defense. That's not going to happen because the bat is strong, so don't expect him to be anywhere near Clemson. 


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