Full name is Michael Scott Chavis...last name is pronounced “CHAY-viss” (Iike “Davis”). Attended Sprayberry Senior (GA) High School...Named Georgia’s 2014 Gatorade High School Player of the Year.
Completed his 2nd ML season, his 1st full season in the big leagues...played in 42 of the Sox’ 60 games...Made starts at 1B (21), LF (11), 2B (7), and DH (1)...Started in LF in 11 of his final 14 games, his first appearances in the OF in his professional career...Four of his five HR traveled 400+ feet...his average HR distance of 410 feet ranked 2nd on the team (Devers: 414). Tied for the team lead in triples (2, also Kevin Pillar). Had 12 RBI over 21 games in September, after recording 7 RBI in his first 21 games. Recorded his first career OF assist while playing LF on 9/24 vs. BAL, throwing out Ramón Urías at home plate on a 7-2 double play in the 2nd inning.
Named Red Sox Rookie of the Year by the Boston Baseball Writers...Made his ML debut and hit .254 (88-for-347) with 18 HR and 58 RBI in 95 games for the Red Sox...Missed the team's final 41 games on the injured list...Made 43 starts at 1B, 40 at 2B, and 2 at 3B for BOS...His 18 HR and 58 RBI were both the most by a Red Sox in their debut season since Ellis Burks had 20 HR and 59 RBI in 133 games in 1987...Became the 1st Red Sox to play in as many as 95 games during his debut season since Shea Hillenbrand played in 139 games in 2001...Prior to Chavis, the last Red Sox rookies with 18+ HR were Andrew Benintendi (20 in 2017) and Brian Daubach (21 in 1999)...Named AL Rookie of the Month for May...In spring training, led the Red Sox in HR (4) and RBI (10) in only 11 games...Began the season with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he hit .250 (10-for-40) with 4 HR and 6 RBI in 12 games...Was recalled from Pawtucket on 4/19 and spent the rest of the season in the majors...Made his ML debut on 4/20 at TB...His first plate appearance came with 1 out in the 9th inning and the score tied, 5-5...Delivered a pinch-hit double off José Alvarado, advancing Jackie Bradley Jr. to 3B...Bradley would score the go-ahead run in a 6-5 Sox win...Was the 1st Red Sox to record an XBH in his 1st ML plate appearance since Bryce Brentz on 9/17/14 at PIT...Hit 3 HR in his first 8 games and 6 HR in his first 14 games...The only other Red Sox to hit 6+ HR in his first 15 career games is Sam Horn (6 in 1987)...Hit his 1st career HR on 4/23 vs. DET-G2, a 441-foot solo HR off Victor Alcántara in the 8th inning.Reached base in a season-best 12 consecutive games from 4/23-G2 to 5/5 (.381 AVG, .509 OBP, 16-for-42, 10 BB)...Named AL Rookie of the Month for May after leading AL rookies in runs (14), HR (7), RBI (19), BB (11), and hits (T-1st, 26)...On 5/3 at CWS, hit a 2-run HR that was estimated at 459 feet, the 2nd-longest by a Red Sox in 2019...On 5/22 at TOR, broke a 5-5 tie with a solo HR in the 13th...Became the 1st Sox rookie to homer in the 13th inning or later since Shea Hillenbrand on 6/5/01 vs. DET (18th) and 1st to do so on the road since Trot Nixon on 9/15/99 at CLE (13th)....Had a season-best 11-game hitting streak from 6/11- 22...Was the longest hitting streak by a Sox rookie since Andrew Benintendi in August 2017 (11 games, 8/5-18)...Placed on the 10-day injured list on 8/12 with an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder...Missed the remainder of the season (41 games), but played in 9 rehab games with Pawtucket from 8/23-30 (8-for-30, 3 HR).
Hit .298 (51-for-171) with 9 HR and a .919 OPS in 46 games with Short-A Lowell (5 G), Double-A Portland (33 G), and Triple-A Pawtucket (8 G). Hit .303 with a .951 OPS against RHP (40-for-132, 8 HR), and .282 with an .814 OPS vs. LHP (11-for-39, 1 HR). Started 26 games at 3B, 11 at 1B, and 9 at DH. Recorded a career-best 16-game hitting streak between Portland and Pawtucket from 8/12-27. Began the season with Lowell and posted a .476 OBP with the club. In his final game with the Spinners on 7/9, went 3-for-4 with 2 2B and a HR...Transferred to Portland the following day. Named Eastern League Player of the Week for 8/6-12... In 6 games that week, went 14-for-25 (.560) with 2 2B, 2 HR, and 6 RBI...In a 3-game series at Erie, went 4-for-4 on 8/7, 3-for-5 on 8/8, and 2-for-5 with 2 HR on 8/9. Hit safely in each of his final 12 games with Portland from 8/12-23, going 14-for-44 (.318) in that time. Transferred to Pawtucket on 8/24 and went 9-for-17 (.529) in his first 4 games with the PawSox...Each of his first 5 Triple-A hits went for extra bases (3 2B, 2 HR). Made his Triple-A debut on 8/24 at Buffalo and went 3-for-4 with a HR and 2 2B...Also doubled and homered the following day at Buffalo.
Named the Red Sox' 2017 Minor League Offensive Player of the Year after hitting .282 (133-for-471) with 31 HR and 94 RBI between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland...Also named a Carolina League mid-season All-Star, a Baseball America High-A All-Star, and an Arizona Fall League Rising Star. Led BOS minor leaguers in HR (tied, 31), RBI (94), runs (89), doubles (tied, 35), and XBH (68)...Among all minor leaguers, ranked 3rd in XBH, T-5th in HR, and 11th in RBI. Posted a .916 OPS vs. RHP (102-for-355, 24 2B, 24 HR). Tabbed CL Player of the Week for the periods of 4/17-23 (10-for-20, 5 HR) and 5/22-28 (12-for-26, 2 HR). Named CL Player of the Month and Red Sox Minor League Hitter of the Month for May after batting .368/.425/.675 with 12 2B, 7 HR, and 30 RBI in 29 games. Began his season with Salem...Led the team with 17 HR, batting .318 (71-for-223) with a 1.029 OPS. Played in 1 game before landing on the disabled list from 4/7-16 with a right elbow strain. Hit safely in each of his first 7 games and in 17 of his first 20...Had a 10-game hit streak from 4/28-5/7. Homered 3 times on 4/19 vs. Wilmington, including a walk-off, 2-run shot in the 9th to give Salem a 7-6 win. Selected as the Top Star at the CL All-Star Game on 6/20 in Salem, driving in 2 with a double in the 1st inning. Transferred to Portland on 6/22 and homered in 3 of his first 6 games with the Sea Dogs. Hit safely in 11 straight games from 7/22-8/3, batting .409 (18-for-44) with 4 HR and 12 RBI in that stretch...After the season, helped Peoria win the AFL title by ranking among league leaders in runs (17, T-3rd), XBH (11, 4th), RBI (17, 4th), and HR (4, T-6th). Hit a 2-run, 10th-inning, walk-off HR on 11/9 vs. Mesa. Hit 2 HR on 11/14 at Salt River. Played 1B for the 1st time in his professional career.