Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Scouting The Draft: Update On Michael Chavis

Michael Chavis seems to profile as the type of hitter/position player the Giants have been targeting in the John Barr era, in the Buster Posey/Joe Panik/Christian Arroyo mold.  He is a HS SS who profiles as a 3B in the pros with a tremendous hit tool.  He has above average speed a good arm and present power.  He is not physically impressive at 5'11", 190 lbs but the hit tool looks special.  He is not showing up in the first round of most mock drafts but that has never stopped the Giants in the past.  Here is an update I found linked over on Big League Futures that makes me think he just might be a guy the Giants would seriously consider taking at #14 overall.  It's an article about HS prospects whose stock is rising early in the HS baseball season from Through the Fence Baseball:

"Chavis just continues to mash.  The 5'11", 190 lb right-hander went 3 for 3 with 2 more home runs on March 14 upping his total to 6 over his first 11 games.  He is also hitting .656/.738/1.344 with an OPS of 2.028,4 doubles and 9 stolen bases.  He is playing shortstop now, but with his tremendous power, should make a move over to third base where his arm, glove and footwork will play well."

Yup, he's right there in the Posey, Panik, Arroyo mold with possible more power.  I have seen him comped to former Dodgers 3B Ron Cey.


  1. DrB, just wondering why do you consider 5'11 190lbs not physically impressive? I know scouts who knock kids down because of size but I personally tend to look more about what his tools are

    1. I think you are misinterpreting what I am saying here. I agree, being physically impressive, i.e. 6'3", 210 lbs or something along those lines, is not the same as being a good ballplayer. It's just that 5'11", 190 lbs is not going to get you noticed during warmups. That's all.

  2. Chavis is a strong candidate. I love this guy. He's faster than advertised as well. Georgia preps baby!

  3. 6 HR in 11 games? Yowzer. I'm still thinking the Giants will go with a pitcher, but it's good to see another hitter strengthening the field.

  4. My bet is Grant Holmes. Prep pitcher with the polish of college junior. Like when Bum was sitting their waiting for us, I dont think the FO can pass on a polished prep arm with good stuff.