By Angel Salcedo 03/10/2019

Minor League Baseball slugger Michael Chavis is making his case for the Boston Red Sox roster. He has four home runs and 10 RBI so far in Spring Training. All that came in just 22 at bats.

The infielder is the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization. Chavis spent most of last season with the AA Portland Sea Dogs. Now he is vying for a spot on the Major League club.

“It is mainly just preparation,” said Chavis on his red-hot start to Spring Training. “I am just trying to go out there, stay focused on the process and not be too worried about the results. Just stay focused on what I am trying to do, and it has worked out for me.”

His hot start will leave manager Alex Cora with a decision to make at third and first base during the regular season. Cora said, “He has a pretty good idea of what he wants to do at the plate. He pays attention to the game, which is great. He has power, but he can also adjust and go the other way.”

Cora added that the next step for Chavis is to improve his consistency on the defensive end. “He has been solid at first base, inconsistent with some routine plays. He has had a couple of bobbles on ground balls. He is a work in progress, but offensively, you can see the upside.”