SALEM (June 5, 2017) - The Salem Red Sox are pleased to announce that Minor League Baseball named third baseman Michael Chavis the Carolina League Player of the Month for the month of May.
Chavis absolutely mauled the league in May, even outdoing his terrific April stats (.318, five homers, 12 RBI). In the season's second month, the 21-year-old batted an astounding .368 with seven homers and 30 RBI in 29 games. He also recorded 12 doubles, a triple, 24 runs scored, and struck out only 28 times in 114 at-bats. Chavis wasn't just compiling counting stats, either, as he posted Ruthian marks in on-base percentage (.425) and slugging percentage (.675).
On the season, Chavis rules the Carolina League leaderboards, with league-best marks in batting average (.337), home runs (14), runs scored (44) and slugging percentage (.680). He ranks second in RBI (47, trailing only teammate Josh Ockimey's 50 RBI), extra-base hits (31), and total bases (121). Chavis is also third in on-base percentage (.411) and fifth in doubles (15). He has three multi-homer games this season, including a three-homer performance that was the fourth in Red Sox history and the first by any player at Salem Memorial Ballpark since its debut in 1995. His two homers on June 4 gave him 14 for the season, and 11 at home, which sets another new record for Salem Memorial Ballpark. Chavis was previously named Carolina League Player of the Week for the weeks of April 18-24 and May 22-28.
Chavis is the first Salem player to win Carolina League Player of the Month since Michael Kopech did it in August 2016. He was drafted by the Red Sox in the first round (26th overall) of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft from Sprayberry Senior High School in Marietta, Georgia.
With this latest honor, Chavis has cemented himself among the best players in the Carolina League, who'll converge on Salem when the Carolina League All-Star Game returns to LewisGale Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark on Tuesday, June 20. As part of a celebration of 50 years of Carolina League baseball in the Roanoke Valley, the Red Sox will host a skills competition on Monday, June 19. The skills competition will take place at historic Kiwanis Field, the original home of Carolina League baseball in Salem. Tickets are on sale now at the Haley Toyota Field box office or online at SalemSox.com.
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