Michael Chavis' first MLB hit could not have come in a more difficult situation. At the dish in a tied game in the ninth inning while facing Tampa Rays closer Jose Alvarado -- who throws sinkers that can hit triple digits -- the rookie was able to power the ball to dead center, putting himself on second and the lead runner on third.
On the next at-bat, a sac fly brought home the winning run in what would be a 6-5 win for Boston. If this is any indication of the type of player he will become, the Red Sox might have something with Chavis.
A powerful corner infielder that can hit to all fields, Chavis can fill a variety of roles this year before likely assuming an everyday role in 2020.
“I’m not really sure exactly what my role will be, but I’m here for a reason.”— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 20, 2019
Michael Chavis went through quite an ordeal to join the #RedSox in St. Petersburg, but is ready for his #MLB debut and likely to start Sunday: https://t.co/FXFOJkwGfJ pic.twitter.com/mMMgoNkADk
The last prospect Boston had with this level of hype surrounding him was Andrew Benintendi, and it's safe to say he's panned out. If he reaches his full potential, Chavis could easily be a 30-homer guy given how Fenway suits his style.