Michael Chavis

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Michael Chavis
Michael Chavis July 2019.jpg
Chavis with the Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox – No. 23
Infielder
Born: (1995-08-11) August 11, 1995 (age 24)
Marietta, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 20, 2019, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
(through August 10, 2019)
Batting average.255
Home runs18
Runs batted in58
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Michael Scott Chavis (born August 11, 1995) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Early years and education[edit]

Chavis attended Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia. Committed to Clemson University, Chavis won the home run derby at the Perfect Game All-American Classic in 2014. As a senior, he won Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year honors for Georgia, with a slash line of .580/.663/1.197 in 28 games, including 13 home runs, nine doubles. one triple, 37 run batted in (RBIs), 30 runs, and 21 stolen bases.[1]

Baseball career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

The Boston Red Sox selected Chavis in the first round, with the 26th overall selection, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.[2] Chavis signed with the Red Sox rather than attend Clemson, and started his professional career with the Rookie Level GCL Red Sox in their 2014 season. He struggled early in that season, but ultimately finished his rookie year with an average of .269 (36-for-134), one home run and 16 RBIs in 39 games.[1] He then belted a homer and drove in five runs in three playoff games, to help the Red Sox clinch the Gulf Coast League championship.[3]

Chavis opened 2015 with the Class A Greenville Drive, where he hit 15 home runs on the year to lead the Red Sox system. He also had 144 strikeouts in 435 at bats to just 29 walks, while slashing .223/.277/.405 with 58 RBIs in 109 games.[1] He stayed with Greenville in 2016, beginning the season with a .388 average through 12 games;[4] however, a thumb injury sidelined him in late April. Upon his return, his numbers steadily eroded, and he finished his time in Greenville with a .244/.321/.391 line, eight homers, and 35 RBIs in 74 games before being promoted to Class A-Advanced Salem Red Sox late in August.[1] He hit .160 (4-for-25) with five runs and one RBI in just seven games.[1]

After two inconsistent and injury-plagued seasons, Chavis slashed .318/.388/.641 with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs in 250 plate appearances in 59 games for Salem before being called up to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. The promotion came after he was named the MVP at the Carolina League All-Star Game, where he went 1-for-3 and drove in both of the North Division's runs in a 2–0 victory at Salem Memorial Ballpark. At the time, Chavis led the league in homers, RBIs, slugging percentage (.641) and run scored (50), while ranking second in extra-base hits (36), and third both in average and total bases (143).[1] Overall, Chavis finished the 2017 season with 31 homers, 35 doubles, 2 triples, 94 RBIs, 89 runs and a .282/.347/.563 line in 126 games between Salem and Portland. He became the first 30-homer player in the Red Sox minors since Ryan Lavarnway (34) and Bryce Brentz (30) in 2011.[5] He finished the year rated as the Red Sox' No. 2 prospect, according to MLB.com.[6]

Suspension[edit]

On April 6, 2018, Chavis was suspended for 80 games without pay due to testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a performance-enhancing drug,[7] brand name Turinabol.[8] He has stated that he never knowingly consumed anything on the banned substance list.[7][8] After serving his suspension, Chavis made his 2018 debut with the Class A Short Season Lowell Spinners on July 2.[8] He was later assigned to Double-A Portland.[9] On August 24, Chavis was promoted to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. Overall for the 2018 season with three teams, Chavis batted .298 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs in 46 games played.[3] The Red Sox added Chavis to their 40-man roster after the 2018 season.[10]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Chavis (left) in June 2019

Chavis opened the 2019 season with Pawtucket. On April 19, he was added to the major league active roster for the first time.[11] He made his MLB debut against the Tampa Bay Rays the following day, doubling as a pinch hitter.[12] On April 23, Chavis hit his first major league home run in a 4–2 loss to the Detroit Tigers.[13] On May 15, he hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning of a 6–5 win over the Colorado Rockies.[14] On June 3, it was announced Chavis had won the American League Rookie of the Month Award for May.[15] At the end of June, Chavis had appeared in 63 games with Boston, batting .261 with 14 home runs and 44 RBIs. On July 15, he hit his first major league grand slam, off of Trent Thornton of the Toronto Blue Jays.[16] On August 12, Chavis was placed on the injured list with a left AC joint sprain;[17] he began a rehabilitation assignment with Pawtucket on August 23.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Chavis is a Christian. In his later high school years, he began posting the phrase "11:11" on social media with a new purpose: "I didn't like the idea of making a wish for no purpose ... I thought, why don't I say a prayer or something that's actually beneficial." He frequently uses his platform to post encouraging messages on social media while spreading his faith.[18] Chavis's nickname, "Ice Horse," was coined on the Section 10 Podcast, a Red Sox podcast hosted by Barstool Sports Boston employees,[19] and soon adopted by fans, MLB, and Chavis himself.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Chavis wins Gatorade honor". mdjonline.com. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Boston takes versatile infielder Chavis with 26th pick". Boston Red Sox. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "MiLB.com – Michael Chavis page". MiLB.com. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  4. ^ Speier, Alex (April 21, 2016). "Michael Chavis off to hot start at Single A Greenville". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  5. ^ Magee, Brandon (August 18, 2017). "Minor League Report: A Red Sox Power Surge". sonsofsamhorn.com.
  6. ^ 2017 MLB Prospects Watch – 2017 Boston Red Sox Top 30 Prospects Watch. MLB.com. Retrieved on September 8, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Top Red Sox prospect, Michael Chavis suspended 80 games for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone". MLB. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Pence, Owen (July 2, 2018). "Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis returns after 80-game suspension". Boston.com. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Chavis is making up for lost time". Portland Press Herald. Portland, Maine. August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  10. ^ Cotillo, Chris (November 20, 2018). "Boston Red Sox roster moves". masslive.com.
  11. ^ Adams, Steve (April 19, 2019). "Red Sox Place Eduardo Nunez On IL, Promote Michael Chavis, Designate Erasmo Ramirez". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  12. ^ Campbell, Lauren (April 20, 2019). "Watch Michael Chavis Collect First MLB Hit In Red Sox Debut Vs. Rays". NESN. Retrieved April 21, 2019.
  13. ^ @RisingSox (April 24, 2019). "In last night's loss Red Sox top prospect Michael Chavis smoked his first career homerun into Landsdowne St" (Tweet). Retrieved May 1, 2019 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Cotillo, Chris (May 16, 2019). "How Michael Chavis, Boston Red Sox rookie, approached chance at first walk-off hit Wednesday". masslive.com.
  15. ^ Cotillo, Chris (June 3, 2019). "Michael Chavis wins AL Rookie of the Month; Boston Red Sox 2B hit .248 with 7 home runs in May". masslive.com. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  16. ^ "Blue Jays vs. Red Sox - Box Score". ESPN. July 15, 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". MLB.com. August 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  18. ^ https://www.masslive.com/redsox/2019/04/michael-chavis-1111-tweets-gaining-popularity-as-boston-red-sox-rookie-continues-hot-start.html
  19. ^ https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/barstool-sports/section-10/e/60288205

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