The Boston Red Sox have gotten off to a terrible start in defense of their 2018 World Series championship. Their 6-13 record has dug them into an eight-game hole in the American League East, and the mood has turned decidedly dire.
Boston could really benefit from any sort of spark, so in an effort to boost themselves back up, they've elected to recall the organization's top prospect, infielder Michael Chavis.
Red Sox recall top prospect Michael Chavis https://t.co/GCRYolVuDQ— Rotoworld Baseball (@Rotoworld_BB) April 19, 2019
Chavis did his thing in the spring, posting a respectable .273 batting average with hit four home runs. If his production on the big league level can translate in the way Boston hopes, then the Red Sox could be in store for some much needed reinforcements.
Chavis projects as a third baseman, but can cover at first and second as well. His versatility will be needed given the injuries to Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nuñez.
Overall, a big congrats to @MichaelChavis11 on his call-up to Boston, had a three home run performance for the @PawSox in their first homestand #RedSox #PawSox https://t.co/bBmNH4TTFF pic.twitter.com/O2nCPZHaGQ— Tanner Rebelo (@TannerRebelo) April 19, 2019
Ultimately, any well-regarded prospect who performs well in Spring Training deserves a call to the big league roster in a just world. For Chavis, the time has come. And his team legitimately needs him.
Guys like reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts and big-time slugger JD Martinez are of course still the obvious focal points in this batting order, and the more they can do to get back to their 2018 form, the easier it will be for the young prospect to flourish hitting behind them.