Bring Up Michael Chavis

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Last night Dustin Pedroia left the Red Sox - Yankees game in the third inning with left knee discomfort.  He has since mentioned that something “felt weird” in his knee.  The same left knee that was surgically repaired over the offseason.  So far, the Sox have handled Pedroia’s health with the utmost care and it still seems like his knee still isn’t right.  I hate to say it because he’s had a very successful career, but it may be time for the Red Sox organization to start looking for the team’s next every day second baseman.   

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Should they make a trade? I don’t think so. Is there a free agent they could bring aboard?  I wouldn’t even check.  I think the next second baseman is already in their system.  His name is Michael Chavis, and he is currently playing for the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox.  I think it’s time to call him up.

Chavis was drafted in the first round back in 2014.  The 23-year-old is currently slashing 
.250/.354/.600/.954.  His average leaves a bit to be desired, but his peripherals say that his average could rise very quickly.  Chavis has a .298 ISO and a .231 BABIP, which indicates poor luck on balls put in play.  He has educed his strikeout rate to 18.6%, which is a significant improvement from last year.  This year Chavis has walked almost as many times as he has struck out.  Seven walks to 9 strikeouts, and that increase in discipline could really help him succeed at the next level.
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His best skill is his power.  The stocky infielder can pack a punch with his violent swing.  He has already bashed four home runs.  Probably the most impressive homer was the 470 feet moonshot Chavis hit last weekend.  Pawtucket took on whatever minor league team future stud Vladimir Guerrero Jr. plays for, and Vlad G Jr. hit an absolute bomb.  The Blue Jays' prospect hit the ball so far that it left McCoy Stadium altogether.  It was a very impressive shot, but not to be outdone, Chavis hit a deep home run that was hit even farther than Guerrero’s later in the game.

I actually spoke with a buddy at work about the two massive home runs.  He said that when Chavis hit that ball fans were worried about their cars in the parking lot.  He absolutely demolished that pitch.

The kid had some serious raw power.  It is power that I think could give this lineup, and maybe this team, a spark it seems desperate to find.

Eduardo Nunez is a good utility guy, but he’s not the answer.  He is currently batting a meager .150 with not much else to show for it.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Nunez as much as the next person and I think Nunez has a place on this team.  Just not as the Sox everyday starting second baseman.

When Brock Holt returns, he will probably see more time, but I don’t think that helps the team much.  Who doesn’t love the BrockStar?  But I don’t think he is the team’s solution either.  He is a good player to have on the bench and to use whenever needed, but he has proven time and time again that when he is given a full-time role that he doesn’t handle it well.

Early predictions say that Tzu-Wei Lin is going to replace Dustin Pedroia.  Lin is batting .286 in the early goings, but he is more known for his defense.  Chavis’s defense isn’t as polished as Lin’s, but I think he can handle second base in the big leagues.  He was drafted as a second baseman and has been developing his defensive skills more and more.  If Christian Vasquez can handle the position, then I think Chavis can be good enough in the field for the team to benefit from his bat.

Watch and see if Chavis starts playing more 2B in Pawtucket.  If Pedroia is out for a long time, and he plays more at that position, then that could be the writing on the wall that a promotion is imminent.  Chavis is in the middle of a hit streak and I think that’s a great time to call up a prospect. Bring Chavis to Boston! Now is the time to bring up one half of the Bash Brothers.  If you don’t know what I am referring to, then I suggest right after you read this article you go read the "Bash Brothers" article on the Boston Sports Syndicate website.

Bringing up Michael Chavis is the right move if Dustin Pedroia is going to be out for an extended time.  And it will make our Brand Manager James very happy.


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