Michael Chavis has made the most of his opportunity.
The Boston Red Sox called up Chavis on April 19, mostly out of necessity as they dealt with multiple infield injuries. The 23-year-old since has earned a consistent spot in the lineup, clubbing 10 home runs with 25 RBIs in just 106 at-bats thus far.
Chavis’ latest round-tripper lifted the Red Sox to victory Wednesday night. The young slugger crushed a solo shot in the 13th inning to help Boston secure a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Red Sox fans suddenly have come to expect impact at-bats from Chavis, and holds similar belief in his abilities.
Chavis showcased notable composure at the plate upon breaking into the big leagues. He also already has dealt with an extended skid (0-for-19 stretch in early May) and managed to pull himself out of it without concern. With his pure power, it’s easy to understand why his confidence never wanes.
The 2014 first-round pick currently leads the Red Sox in slugging percentage and is inching closer to Mitch Moreland’s mark for the team’s home run high. Not bad for a kid who wasn’t sure he’d even see a big-league field in 2019.
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