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Michael Chavis, SS: 2014 MLB Draft 26th overall

Discussion in 'Red Sox Forum' started by Merkle's Boner, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. Merkle's Boner

    Merkle's Boner Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Another SS. Chavis.
     
  2. mabrowndog

    mabrowndog Ask me about total zone...or paint Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    BA's John Manuel nailed the Chavis pick in his mock.
     
  3. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

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    Chavis. Marietta kid. My cousin has seen him play.
     
  4. Merkle's Boner

    Merkle's Boner Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Like the bow tie.
     
  5. Paradigm

    Paradigm juju all over his tits SoSH Member

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    Harold Reynolds, chuckling, on Chavis potentially going to Clemson: "I don't think that's happening."
     
  6. Seels

    Seels Member SoSH Member

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    Yuck.
     
  7. RoDaddy

    RoDaddy Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Welcome to Red Sox Nation and the SOSH Minor League Forum, Michael Chavis!
     
  8. DrewDawg

    DrewDawg Dorito Dink SoSH Member

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    Compared him to Frazier, who a lot of us wanted last season.
     
  9. Andrew

    Andrew broke his neck in costa rica SoSH Member

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  10. Andrew

    Andrew broke his neck in costa rica SoSH Member

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    They're calling him a 3B, not a SS, in other places.
     
  11. The Boomer

    The Boomer Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Chavis is a great pick!  # 26 according to Baseball America.  Here is his scouting report there:
     
    As many of the toolsy high school position players raise questions about their hitting ability, the players that teams are confident will hit have moved up draft boards, and Chavis is one of the better bats in the class. He has a chance to go in the first round, a testament to his consistency as a 5-foot-10, 192-pound righthanded hitter. Chavis has tremendous strength through his hands and wrists and produces plus bat speed from a short, compact stroke. He hit consistently on the showcase circuit, including sending a 94 mph fastball from Touki Toussaint right back up the box at East Coast Pro. He has plus raw power that translates to game action. Currently a high school shortstop, Chavis will likely move off the position as a pro. Third base remains his most likely destination because of his first-step quickness, body control and above-average arm. Catching is an option and he has the necessary physical attributes, but he has spent limited time behind the plate. He has slightly above-average speed that will likely settle in around average with his strong, compact build. The Clemson commit is a high-effort, gamer who endears himself to scouts with his style of play, and scouts lauded his work ethic.
     
  12. Bone Chips

    Bone Chips Member SoSH Member

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    I like this kid.
     
  13. mwonow

    mwonow Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Of course he will. Drew is gonna keep on walking through that door!
     
  14. soxhop411

    soxhop411 Member SoSH Member

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  15. Seabass177

    Seabass177 has an efficient neck SoSH Member

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    Ok, fully on the Chavis bandwagon. 
     
  16. Rough Carrigan

    Rough Carrigan reasons within Reason Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Yeah, gotta hope that projection's a bit low, third baseman who might hit .275 with 20 homers, in his prime .
     
  17. Hee Sox Choi

    Hee Sox Choi Member SoSH Member

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    I like him.  I'm on board!
     
  18. ehaz

    ehaz Member SoSH Member

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    I don't care if it's Georgia high school, the Majors or T-ball, hitting .580 at any level is absurd.
     
  19. Paradigm

    Paradigm juju all over his tits SoSH Member

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    Jim Callis very praiseworthy on the bat, and his is the prospect pundit opinion I respect most. 
     
  20. chrisfont9

    chrisfont9 Member SoSH Member

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    Sounds like a good makeup, which is of course a concern for the Sox.
     
  21. Seels

    Seels Member SoSH Member

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    Well that's certainly a better report than the one that says 'could potentially hit .275 with average skills'
     
  22. Merkle's Boner

    Merkle's Boner Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Who's adopting him?
     
  23. knucklecup

    knucklecup hi, I'm a cuckold

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    Probably the fan boy in me but I really liked his interview...
     
  24. Mystic Merlin

    Mystic Merlin Member SoSH Member

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    TALENT-PERSONALITY COMBO
     
    I think I've had enough of this fuck.
     
  25. PaulinMyrBch

    PaulinMyrBch Don't touch his dog food Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    13 homers in 28 high school games? I can't imagine they were giving him much to hit. Crazy.
     
  26. MakMan44

    MakMan44 stole corsi's dream SoSH Member

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    Right? Incredibly charismatic kid.
     
  27. Manramsclan

    Manramsclan Member SoSH Member

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    This really changes everything for me. I like hit tool guys. To me, much better bet in later picks than raw power. 
     
  28. BosRedSox5

    BosRedSox5 what's an original thought?

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    It is mostly useless scout speak, but don't you just love his swing? I mean, his step is a little big, but he's got a short load and he gets to the ball quickly. He looks like a worthy addition.
     
  29. mabrowndog

    mabrowndog Ask me about total zone...or paint Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Yes.
     
     
    He's both. And everything else.
     
    Kiley McDaniel ‏@kileymcd
    Some teams asked Chavis if he would be open to catching as his tools profile back there. He's game to try it, could be instructs experiment.
     
  30. JimD

    JimD Member SoSH Member

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    Looking at those clips on MLBN, Chavis looks like he's in college already.
     
  31. Merkle's Boner

    Merkle's Boner Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    I was thinking the same thing. Doesn't look like a high schooler. Really excited about the pick.
     
  32. Bigpupp

    Bigpupp Member SoSH Member

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    Like the pick. Don't love it, but I'm going off the word "awkward" being thrown around earlier in the year.

    Next pick I'm expecting pitcher, but would love if they doubled down with Davidson (assuming Gatewood and Harrison are gone)
     
  33. soxhop411

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gRl-zRydenc
     
    video
     
  34. soxhop411

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  35. Merkle's Boner

    Merkle's Boner Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Wow Chavis already has almost 3000 twitter followers and has made almost 16000 tweets! I'm sure my surprise at this says more about me then him, but that seems like a shitload.
     
  36. Andrew

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    Heh, he hits himself in the foot with every swing follow-through. Is that common?
     
  37. Bone Chips

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    Looks like a Pez dispenser.
     
  38. AlNipper49

    AlNipper49 Huge Member Dope

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    {placeholder first post - I will be moving over some commentary from the draft game thread here}
     
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    Kind of a boring video but you get a good look at his swing
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRl-zRydenc
     
  39. LeoCarrillo

    LeoCarrillo Do his bits at your peril. SoSH Member

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    My in-laws are annoying Clemson people. (Example: They root against JBJ because he was South Carolina.)
     
    I will sing and dance on the inside when they sign this kid away from his college commitment. 
     
  40. absintheofmalaise

    absintheofmalaise too many flowers Dope SoSH Member

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    Pete Abraham @PeteAbe

    #RedSox scouting dir. Amiel Sawdaye on Chavis: “He would take BP before games and put on a show.” He took aim at cars on a road beyond LF
     
    My son played in a couple of games at his home field in HS, so I'm familiar with the field. I wasn't sure of the actual dimensions, so I used the measuring tool on Gmaps, and it looks like the LF fence is around 330' from home. The field sits well below, maybe 20', the level of the road and there is a concrete barrier and fence on the road, so he would have had to easily clear 25', maybe 30', above the field to even come close to being able to hit that road. You can get an idea about the height of the barrier on the road here.
     
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  41. phenweigh

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    I have a cousin that hit .570 his senior year of high school in Western Mass.  Even his outs were hit hard.  He played college ball at UMass and hit about .260 for his career there.  Level of competition matters.
     
  42. RedOctober3829

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    Yes, the level of competition matters.  Georgia high school baseball is among the 2 or 3 best states in the country.  Cobb County is one of the hubs of great baseball in the state of Georgia. Numerous draft picks and high-major Division I players come out of Cobb every year. To hit .580 against that competition says a lot more about your future than putting those numbers up in Western Massachusetts.
     
  43. Sprowl

    Sprowl Emile de Becque Dope

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    Sounds like Michael Young II -- hit ++, power + (for an infielder), run, field and throw OK with multiple position destinations.
     
     
    The Red Sox have the Drew Family Homestead on their Favorites list.
     
    Georgia FTW!
     
  44. philly sox fan

    philly sox fan Dope Dope

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    An ominous blast from the past (no not me!).  The BA 1st rd analysis lists the area scout for each player picked and for the Sox and Chavis it is.... Rob English!
     
    English was a the message board bete noir of the Sox scouting under Theo.  The Sox signed a ton of player from GA in those first few years, some with big over slot bonuses, and they mostly sucked.  Given the overall great success by Sox players signed during that time they really stood out.  That list includes"
     
    2002 Scott White
    2002 Chad Spann
    2002 Brandon Moss! - wait a minute he was a bust last I posted this and now it's a big success.  See how English was maligned!
     
    2003 Matt Murton
    2003 Mikey Hall
     
    2004 Mike Rozier - no need to show Moss level patience to call this one a bust
     
    2005 Jon Egan - him either
     
    2006 Jason Place - him either, again
    2006 Josh Reddick
     
    Hmm, Reddick and Moss do well for Oak and the Sox bring back English... always trying to copy the A's.
     
    Actually, English has always been with the Sox.  A few years ago they hired a younger scout for GA and English - who in the Media Guide pictures looked pretty old - was cut back to part time scout status which his pretty common for older scouts.  Those guys usually do not get credited with signing players. 
     
    I haven't followed the Sox scouting dept for a few years, but looking it up that young area scout was Tim Hyers who covered GA from 2009-2012 and then became the minor league hitting coordinator in 2013.  Maybe the Sox bumped Enlgish back up to full time status then.
     
    Anyway, just have some patience with Chavis or else he'll bloom in Oak in 2024 or something.
     
     
     
     

     
     
  45. Hee Sox Choi

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    Not sure if this adds anything new, but it's from a friend who's a scout in the South for an NL West team:
     
    Yep.  Right up the road at sprayberry hs. He has power with plus bat speed.  He is a slugging infielder that is more agile than he looks and the arm to play anywhere.  The drawbacks are he is physically maxed out and he has some swing and miss to his game.
     
  46. HomeRunBaker

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    Somewhere i've heard this before. Channeling his inner Xander?
     
  47. mabrowndog

    mabrowndog Ask me about total zone...or paint Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Ryan Hannable ‏@RyanHannable  8m
    Source: Red Sox first-round pick (No. 26 overall) Michael Chavis and the club have agreed to terms for the slot value of $1,870,500.
     
  48. mabrowndog

    mabrowndog Ask me about total zone...or paint Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    A month into his minor league debut and the kid's certainly had his struggles. In his first 11 games he managed just 2 H and 4 BB in 40 PA while racking 15 Ks (.056/.150/.111/.261). But he finished out July on better (though still not great) footing with 5 H (including 2 doubles), 3 BB, 6 K and an HBP in 24 PA (.250/.375/.350/.725). Overall he entered August play with a .125/.234/.196/.431 line.
     
    He's been splitting time at shortstop for the GCL Sox with Javier Guerra. However today he played his first-ever pro game at third base, going 1-for-4 with 2 Ks. He also showed up at the ballpark in Fort Myers with this, so at least he's learning how to spend that signing bonus:
     
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  49. Darnell's Son

    Darnell's Son He's a machine. Dope Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Ugh, he backs into parking spaces...
     
  50. Brianish

    Brianish Member SoSH Member

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    Now, now. He might've done that just for the photos. 
     

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