The Boston Red Sox already thin minor league system took another hit on Friday. Infielder Michael Chavis, the team’s top rated prospect according to MLB Pipeline, received an 80-game suspension for a positive PED test.
Per a league announcement, Chavis tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.
Chavis, 22, was taken 26th overall in the 2014 MLB draft. He was seemingly on the cusp of challenging for a major league job after enjoying a breakout season in 2017. Chavis hit .282 between High A and Double A, while launching combined 31 home runs and driving in 94 runs.
Chavis’ primary position is third base. Rafael Devers figures to hold down that position in Boston for the foreseeable future. To work around that, the Red Sox were planning to give Chavis time at first base early in the season. The suspension will push back that development and possibly take him off the major league radar entirely this season.
Here’s the Red Sox official statement on Chavis’ suspension.
Red Sox best prospect Michael Chavis who is in Double-A, suspended 80 games for PEDs. Red Sox send out this release pic.twitter.com/SFfNlYXN0O
— Yianni Kourakis (@YianniKourakis) April 6, 2018
Chavis posted his own lengthy statement that includes an apology to the Red Sox and his family.
Please see my personal statement on today's news… pic.twitter.com/LihaObpzOf
— Chief Chavis™ (@MichaelChavis11) April 6, 2018
By most accounts the Red Sox minor league system ranks among the bottom 10 in the league. Chavis was Boston’s lone prospect in MLB Pipeline’s top 80 for the 2018 season. Not only will Chavis not be an option to be promoted until the summer months, this could dent his trade value if Boston aims to add a big piece at the trade deadline.
Chavis’ suspension is not a career breaker for him, nor is it a season breaker for Boston. But it will definitely have a wide-ranging impact.
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