Michael Chavis
Michael Chavis
24-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Boston Red Sox
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Red Sox's mounting injuries at second base expedited Chavis' promotion to the majors, even though the bat-first prospect was a relative newcomer to the keystone. Chavis predictably graded out poorly on defense, but he made an immediate mark at the plate. Through the end of June, Chavis was batting .261 with 14 home runs, 44 RBI and 36 runs in 63 games. However, a 33.5 K% and .357 BABIP over that stretch signaled a downturn could be coming, and the reckoning came hard after the All-Star break. Chavis' elevated strikeout rate plus a sharp dip in BABIP limited him to a .649 OPS in the second half before a shoulder sprain ended his season in mid-August. Chavis regained health heading into the winter and should enter 2020 as an everyday player between second and first, but his lack of speed likely means that cutting down on the whiffs will be essential for him to emerge as a middle-tier fantasy option. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed with the Red Sox for $1.870 million in June 2014.
Among future second base starters
2BBoston Red Sox
March 23, 2020
Chavis is being considered as one of the candidates to become the long-term replacement at second base, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
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The Red Sox are not counting on Dustin Pedroia (knee) coming back in 2020, and even if he eventually returns, his contract expires in 2021. So, the organization must plan for the long term. Chavis started 31 games at second base in 2019 and is expected to share that role with Jose Peraza in 2020 as well as first base with Mitch Moreland when the season resumes. To be an everyday player, however, Chavis may need to cut down on his 33.2 strikeout percentage in 2019, third among players with at least 380 plate appearances. He needs to better handle fastballs high in the zone, while we'll also note he had a reverse-split against left-handers (.226 in 2019). The 24-year-old infielder worked on his swing during the offseason, explaining that he tried to remove the "slack" in it. Other long-term second base options include Jeter Downs, C.J. Chatham and Cameron Cannon.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
6
15
19
14
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
1
2
2
6
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .742 111 11 8 17 1 .226 .261 .481
Since 2017vs Right .774 271 35 10 41 1 .266 .347 .427
2019vs Left .742 111 11 8 17 1 .226 .261 .481
2019vs Right .774 271 35 10 41 1 .266 .347 .427
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
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .795 218 28 10 38 1 .267 .344 .451
Since 2017Away .727 164 18 8 20 1 .237 .293 .434
2019Home .795 218 28 10 38 1 .267 .344 .451
2019Away .727 164 18 8 20 1 .237 .293 .434
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.24
 
BB Rate
8.1%
 
K Rate
33.2%
 
BABIP
.347
 
ISO
.190
 
AVG
.254
 
OBP
.322
 
SLG
.444
 
OPS
.766
 
wOBA
.336
 
Exit Velocity
87.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.6%
 
Barrels/PA
5.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Homers Wednesday
2BBoston Red Sox
February 26, 2020
Chavis started at second base and went 2-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Wednesday's spring game against the Pirates.
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Included in first spring lineup
2BBoston Red Sox
February 22, 2020
Chavis (oblique) is in the lineup for Saturday's spring opener, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Role clarified
2BBoston Red Sox
Oblique
February 14, 2020
Chavis (oblique) will split time between first and second base this season, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Feels good after offseason
2BBoston Red Sox
Oblique
January 17, 2020
Chavis (oblique) said he feels good and is pleased with where his swing is at as he prepares for spring training, Stephen Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports.
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Skipping out on winter ball
2BBoston Red Sox
Oblique
September 30, 2019
The Red Sox no longer plan on having Chavis (oblique) take part in winter ball in Puerto Rico, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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