BOSTON -- Michael Chavis did not know that he was going to be a Red Sox, but when the team's pick came around near the tail end of the first round, the 18-year-old sat in the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J. hoping that the team would choose him. Shortly thereafter, Chavis was up on the stage, wearing a Red Sox jersey and shaking commissioner Bud Selig's hand.
Suddenly, Chavis, who committed to Clemson as a senior from Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Geo., had the opportunity to join the defending World Series champions.
"I was nervous when I woke up this morning," Chavis said. "This is a lifelong dream."
Chavis played shortstop for the majority of his high school career and projects as a second or third baseman, though an outside possibility exists that that he could wind up behind the plate or in a corner outfield spot as well. Wherever he's destined to play, however, Chavis is excited to visit Fenway Park for the first time.
"I talked to the [the Red Sox] a pretty decent amount before the draft," Chavis said. "When they called my name, I knew it was coming. But leading up to that call, I had no idea and was really hoping it would happen. I'm really thrilled it came out this way.
The Red Sox selected Chavis with the 26 pick in the draft, which has an assigned slot value of $1.87 million. Coming off a strong senior season in which he hit .580 with 13 home runs, 37 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 28 games for Sprayberry, Chavis was considered one of the top high school bats in the draft with the potential for plus-power as an infielder. He provides outstanding bat speed, which suggests potential for growth in the power department.
"Growing up, I’ve always hit home runs. I didn’t realize I was quote-unquote undersized," Chavis said. "That’s always been a major part of my game, and hopefully that will continue in professional baseball."
The 5-foot-11 Chavis said that he admires the way that second baseman Dustin Pedroia plays the game.
"I like how he plays 100 percent," Chavis said. "Plays as hard as he can every play of the game."
Chavis, who sported a pink bowtie to the draft, said that fashion choice was something that "needed to happen."
"I thought it would be a little flashy," Chavis said. "Kind of classy."
The Red Sox hope that Chavis can provide precisely that kind of performance on the field in the years to come.
"I’m absolutely thrilled," Chavis said. "I couldn’t be more excited. With them winning the World Series last year, obviously they have a great program and a great organization and farm system. I can’t wait to become a part of it."