Post by James Dunne on Apr 19, 2017 21:38:59 GMT -5
Just thinking out loud here... but we've talked a lot, especially since the Sale trade about the lack of depth in the system. And it's not a deep system, but there have been a lot of good early returns among the second tier prospects: Ockimey, Chavis, Lakins, Anderson, Taylor, Brian Johnson. Brandon Workman, too, even though he's officially a post-prospect. And yeah, you can make the argument pretty easily that all of those pitchers were placed at a level that they should be showing success (save for Taylor who has been moved aggressively). Still, it's been nice seeing some production from the 8-20 range in the system that I was feeling pretty pessimistic about very recently.
Coming into the year I kept thinking that Chavis was a post-hype breakout guy. Was having a decent year before injury last year, 1st rounder. Hope he has a full and productive season. A breakout from him, and a pitcher or two, the system starts to look a lot less barren.
Post by Chris Hatfield on Apr 20, 2017 9:31:39 GMT -5
I remember being stunned when Chavis had the most impressive BP on that loaded 2015 Greenville team that included Moncada, Devers, Longhi, Dubon, Guerra, and others. But he's had a hard time translating it in-game - that same series, he looked absolutely lost during his at-bats, as he was taking gangsta hacks at everything before finally shortening up in the last inning in a key at-bat.
After hitting 3 HR in his first 9 games that year, he was basically lost until July, which signals to me that he got a little pull happy and was trying to hit everything out. If he can just go up there with a plan and not try to kill it, he could become very interesting.
That said, he also has lots of work to do at third base as well, so regarding his making any type of run through multiple levels, that ain't happening. Let's be thrilled if he's in Portland at the end of the year showing he might be ready for Pawtucket next year.