Going, going...gone: Tigers expect to lose another first-rounder to MLB draft

Infielder Michael Chavis' Upstate debut likely to be Fluor Field rather than Doug Kingsmore Stadium

Michael Chavis (Sprayberry High photo)

Michael Chavis (Sprayberry High photo)

It's likely that Clemson fans in Upstate will soon have a chance to see Michael Chavis play his game.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, Chavis' appearance will almost certainly come at Greenville's Fluor Field as a member of the Boston Red Sox' Class A Greenville Drive.

Chavis, a righthanded power hitter from Sprayberry High in suburban Atlanta, has been a Tiger commitment for two years and a signee since last November.

But he left little doubt after being selected with the 26th pick of the first round by the Red Sox on Thursday where his future lies.

"I'm fairly comfortable saying that I am (going pro)," Chavis told MLB.com. Slot value for Chavis' No. 26 position is about $1.8 million.

It marks the second straight year that Clemson will have lost a Peach State first-rounder to the draft. A year ago, Loganville, Georgia's Austin Meadows - another long-time Tiger commitment - was chosen in the first round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He batted .316 in his first minor league season, but has been sidelined so far this year by a hamstring injury.

Like Meadows, Chavis had an extraordinary senior high school season, as he hit .580 with 13 homers in just 28 games.

A first-round Baseball America projection to the Atlanta Braves with the No. 32 pick, the Red Sox jumped at the chance to draft him in the No. 26 slot.

"Our approach each year is to select the best players available to us and we believe Michael fits that description," Red Sox director of amateur scouting Amiel Sawdaye told MLB.com. "He was undoubtedly one of the best high school hitters in this this year's class, and we were fortunate to have him. In addition, we believe his athleticism and defensive versatility will also be an asset to us."

The Red Sox foresee Chavis playing all three infield spots.

"I think that depends on where they need me the most," Chavis told MLB.com. "I can see myself playing third base or second base. It really just comes down to where they need me. I'm willing to play either one."

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KIMOSAMI writes:

In 2008 the Dodgers first round choice from Toccoa, GA was committed to Clemson.

That's three lost to the first round in seven years.

These players had their choice of colleges......and coaches.....to play for. They chose Jack Leggett and Clemson.
But, when the big money and the dream unfolds to them, they grab the brass ring. Totally understandably.

But the point is that these young men, and their families and AAU coaches, and high school coaches and advisors in the know.....knew where the best mentoring was....it was at Clemson and Jack Leggett.

Could their presence at Clemson have helped the record? Who knows. All ends as it should anyway.

I urge all who wanted J. Leggett fired to go on Tigernet.com and listen to Daniel Gossett's interview after he was drafted yesterday when asked about Jack Legget.

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

in response to KIMOSAMI:

In 2008 the Dodgers first round choice from Toccoa, GA was committed to Clemson.

That's three lost to the first round in seven years.

These players had their choice of colleges......and coaches.....to play for. They chose Jack Leggett and Clemson.
But, when the big money and the dream unfolds to them, they grab the brass ring. Totally understandably.

But the point is that these young men, and their families and AAU coaches, and high school coaches and advisors in the know.....knew where the best mentoring was....it was at Clemson and Jack Leggett.

Could their presence at Clemson have helped the record? Who knows. All ends as it should anyway.

I urge all who wanted J. Leggett fired to go on Tigernet.com and listen to Daniel Gossett's interview after he was drafted yesterday when asked about Jack Legget.

I understand exactly what you mean in your comment and I also understand the players feeling towards Coach Leggett and Clemson University. Going to a top notch program that actually does have some majors that are pretty good (academic) I personally think is the way to go. Big time Div 1 baseball is as good or maybe even a little better than A league in the minors. Gossett is an excited kid right now that has a pretty good sum of monet thrown in his face. He is smart enough to know had he not gone to Clemson and played under Coach Leggegtt his future may not be so bright. I am not an advocage of getting rid of Jack this year. He has reached the top of the mountain (almost) on more than one occasion and he deserves our support and people should just shut up about firing him. What we say has nothing to do with the AD's decision to start with. I support and agree with you on this. Thanks for a very enlightening comment. Take care of yourself.

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