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Red Sox select power hitting infielder Michael Chavis with top pick in 2014 draft

06.05.14 at 9:41 pm ET
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With their top pick (No. 26 overall in the first round) of the 2014 draft, the Red Sox selected shortstop Michael Chavis of Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia. Chavis represents one of the top high school hitters in the draft. Here’s a brief look at the versatile Chavis, who can play second, third and potentially the outfield after playing short in high school. (Chavis told MLB Network that the Sox talked to him about playing second and third base.)

Though smaller at 5-foot-10, he still generates a power hitter’s bat speed, the first tool that every scout who saw him noticed. One evaluator who saw him before his senior year raved that he has “serious bat speed.” Another suggested that his bat speed was close to that of 2013 first-round pick (No. 5 overall) Luke Frazier (who had an 80 power grade on the 20-80 scale) but with a quieter swing to allow him to unlock that power potential.

MICHAEL CHAVIS, 2B/3B — SPRAYBERRY (GA.) HS

Committed to Clemson

Age: 18 (born 8/11/1995)

5-foot-10, 192 pounds

Bats right, throws right

Stats (2014): 28 games, .580/.663/1.197, 13 HR, 14 BB, 10 K

Scouting report

Baseball America: 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.

Biographical details: Comes from the same high school as Kris Benson and Marlon Byrd; Byrd follows him on twitter. Won a home run derby at a Perfect Game showcase event in San Diego.

Links

– MLBTradeRumors.com — Draft Q&A: Michael Chavis

– Marietta Daily Journal: Sprayberry’s Chavis becoming nightmare for pitchers

Here’s some video.

The Red Sox have one more first-round pick at No. 33 overall.

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