Chavis Sent to Minors
By Michael Silverman
FORT MYERS -- Michael Chavis, who on any given day switches spots with Bobby Dalbec as Boston’s No. 1 prospect, was optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday.
Dalbec stayed put.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that Chavis, who hit four home runs this spring, will benefit from more at-bats and more work on his defense.
“Just keep improving, use that right-side gap -- he can do that, that’s something we talk about and keep the ball going defensively, that’s something we’ll make sure we take care of that,” said Cora. “He knows it. It’s not easy when you’re moving around but we’ll find ways and have some structure for him so he can get better.”
In Pawtucket, Chavis will move between first and third bases, plus he will get some exposure to second base.
“He can hit, I think everybody knew that except for me,” said Cora. “I didn’t see him last year, he was hurt, so you see the numbers and videos whatever but you see a game and, yeah, he can swing the bat. He didn’t play too much second but the last time he played in West Palm Beach he made two routine plays and he looked very relaxed and turned a double play. That’s something he’ll do wherever he goes. We’ll move him around and make sure he gets his reps at second base, too.”
Dalbec is considered more polished defensively, and besides playing his natural third base, he also plays first base.
“Yeah he’s still impressing me, in the corners, swinging the bat,” said Cora.
Three other players were optioned to Pawtucket: left-hander Josh Taylor and right-handers Travis Lakins and Chandler Shepherd.
Right-handed pitcher Denyi Reye was optioned to Double-A Portland.
Six players were re-assigned to minor-league camp: catcher Austin Rei, outfielder Rusney Castillo, infielder Tony Renda, first baseman Josh Ockimey and right-handers Mike Shawaryn and Carson Smith.
“It was a good learning experience for both of us, from their end and my end,” said cora. “We count on everybody. To win this whole thing, it takes more than the 25 guys we’re going to take to Seattle. Injuries, slumps, a lot of stuff happens in the season and they know there’s a chance they can contribute.”
Reliever Ryan Brasier will likely see game action “towards the end of the week,” said Cora. It would be surprising if they asked him to make the long trip north to face frequently seen AL East rival New York Yankees on Friday.
Cora said Brasier will have plenty of time to be ready for the start of the season.
Reliever Heath Hembree is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday in Lakeland against the Tigers.