Michael Chavis
Michael Chavis
25-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Boston Red Sox
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Chavis sometimes draws comparisons to Dustin Pedroia in that both are short in stature. That is honestly where the comps should end between the former great and the current role player on the Boston roster. Chavis came up with a bang in 2019 until the scouting reports caught up to him and the league began feeding him a heavy diet of high heat and soft stuff away, leading to him striking out once in every three plate appearances that season. The 2020 season was more of the same as the league continued to pitch him in a similar manner and Chavis simply did not adjust. Couple that with some terrible fielding at any position he played, and it was a miserable season for the sophomore. The raw power and the home park are a nice fit, but his contact issues and fielding woes will severely limit his upside. He qualifies at three positions for 2021, which is always helpful in AL drafts. Read Past Outlooks
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#438
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$Signed a $1.87 million contract with the Red Sox in June of 2014.
Starts at DH
2BBoston Red Sox
March 1, 2021
Chavis started at designated hitter and went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's spring game against the Twins.
ANALYSIS
Chavis also played third base during the game, showing off the versatility that could be of value to fantasy teams, but he does not have a roster spot locked up entering spring training. He's never adjusted to a league that caught up to him during the summer of 2019. Contact remains the primary issue and pitchers discovered he's tempted by high heat.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2020
Even Split
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .715 161 15 10 22 2 .224 .261 .454
Since 2018vs Right .742 367 45 13 53 3 .252 .327 .415
2020vs Left .651 50 4 2 5 1 .217 .260 .391
2020vs Right .653 96 10 3 12 2 .213 .271 .382
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2020
Even Split
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .751 297 36 12 48 3 .253 .320 .431
Since 2018Away .701 227 24 11 26 2 .229 .286 .414
2020Home .632 79 8 2 10 2 .216 .253 .378
2020Away .632 63 6 3 6 1 .207 .270 .362
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
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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
0.16
 
BB Rate
5.1%
 
K Rate
31.6%
 
BABIP
.280
 
ISO
.164
 
AVG
.212
 
OBP
.259
 
SLG
.377
 
OPS
.636
 
wOBA
.279
 
Exit Velocity
82.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.7%
 
Barrels/PA
4.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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No lock for roster spot
2BBoston Red Sox
February 21, 2021
Chavis has to prove he's made adjustments this spring if he's to open the season on the big-league roster, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Homers twice Sunday
2BBoston Red Sox
September 20, 2020
Chavis went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs, five RBI, three runs and one walk in Sunday's win against the Yankees.
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Returns to bench Thursday
2BBoston Red Sox
September 17, 2020
Chavis is out of the lineup Thursday against the Marlins, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
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Not starting Tuesday
2BBoston Red Sox
September 15, 2020
Chavis is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Swats third homer
2BBoston Red Sox
September 13, 2020
Chavis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Rays.
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