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."