Future looks bright for Tiger signee Michael Chavis, but probably not at Clemson

The Clemson Sports Blog

Michael Chavis (Perfect Game photo)

Michael Chavis (Perfect Game photo)

Remember Daniel Norris?

And Ethan Martin?

And Austin Meadows?

And Jeff Francouer?

Well, better get to know Michael Chavis while you can.

With the Major League draft approaching (June 5-7), the Clemson signee and senior at Sprayberry High in Marietta, Georgia has become one of baseball's hottest commodities.

Earlier this week Chavis was honored as Georgia's Gatorade Player of the Year, following a senior season in which he batted .573, belted 13 homers and drove in 39 runs.

He became the second Sprayberry player to receive the Gatorade award, joining former Clemson star, national player of the year, and major league pitcher Kris Benson, who claimed the honor it in 1993.

Anticipating a first-round selection, Chavis has accepted an invitation to attend the draft at MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J.

“I don’t want to get set on one thing, just in case things don’t go my way,” Chavis told the Marietta Daily Journal. "You never know how things are going to happen. But I will be watching the draft from Studio 42, and I’ll be looking forward to that.”

In the battle for Chavis, Clemson owns a piece of paper with his name on it. Unfortunately, thanks to Major League Baseball un-restrained feast on high school talent, Chavis' signature isn't worth much.

Clemson will argue for the college experience, and point to numbers indicating that a player sacrifices little in terms of career development by spending three years at a top-level college program, as opposed to going straight into the minor leagues from high school.

MLB's checkbook says otherwise.

They want their high school stars now, and are willing to pay top dollar to get them. More often than not, the money talks.

Two years ago, Norris - who slipped to the second round because of concerns that he might follow his heart to Clemson - went down to the wire before signing with the Blue Jays the day before classes began. Imagine what he would add to Clemson's chances as they head into the Nashville Regional this weekend.

Meadows is plowing the path of his choosing with the Pirates organization. Martin, a 2008 draftee, made it to the majors last season with the Phillies. And Francouer? Who knows? He flashed impressively in the Braves' outfield, but might have ended up as a franchise NFL defensive back had he chosen to run down Clemson's hill.

Which brings us back to Chavis.

He looks to be a pretty sure bet as a first-rounder. Guys with that potential - Chris Okey standing as a notable recently exception - usually don't end up wearing orange and purple.

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TigerNE writes:

Do we have any significant new talent coming in? We will lose some key players so it's hard to imagine next season being any more exciting than this one, which means hardly exciting.

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