Boston, MA– Currently, the farm system of the Boston Red Sox is rather depleted, but in the past couple seasons, many of baseball's newest stars have actually come from Lowell and Pawtucket. Now, most of them are in the big leagues, but 2019 had one last surprise up its sleeve in terms of who Boston has groomed in the minor league system.
Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, and Rafael Devers are just a few of Boston's best farm players from the past six seasons and each of them has impressed in a number of different ways, especially Betts, who was named American League MVP last season. Devers has a good chance at being the best young phenom Boston has seen in decades, but there is another player who might just be making a run at a Rookie of the Year trophy for the Red Sox.
Michael Chavis, a versatile player who has played mostly at second base during his 2019 call-up, has become one of the league's most exciting young players. Chavis has also logged time at first and third base and is rumored to be primed for a potential stint in the outfield. He has been a boon for the Red Sox offense, though, which desperately needed a spark at the time of Chavis' call-up. When Dustin Pedroia, Brock Holt, and Eduardo Nunez all ended up on the injured list, Chavis was needed to play second and after an impressive spring training, he continued to perform.
Just yesterday, Chavis broke out of an 0-18 slump in five games by going 3-5 with five RBIs against the Seattle Mariners in Boston's big blowout win for the sweep of the series. As a whole on the season so far, Chavis is 20-71 with a .282 average, six home runs, and nineteen RBIs. Obviously, every rookie comes back down to earth, but Chavis has shown the ability to figure out pitchers before they figure him out. Nicknamed "Ice Horse" by the Section 10 Podcast, Chavis is a stud that Boston will not want to send back to Pawtucket when their infield returns to full strength.