The Red Sox have officially sent down Michael Chavis, and have recalled infielder Christian Arroyo, after Arroyo spent some time on the IL (left hand contusion) and rehabbing in AAA Worcester.
Chavis, in his short stint with the Red Sox hit .273, with an OPS of .758, homering once in his 33 plate appearances. (.322 wOBA, .232 xwOBA, 102 wRC+)
While Chavis’ mark of a .232 xwOBA (expected weighted on-base average) is not all that impressive, and shows he did not hit the ball very hard, Red Sox manager Alex Cora thought he did a decent job.
“I think Michael (Chavis) did a good job, especially defensively” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “For a kid that we called up in ’19, at a necessity – we needed somebody to stand at second (base) and swing the bat, he’s become a good second baseman. He turned some good double plays, he made all of the plays. He did well.”
With that being said, Cora still believes there’s plenty of work to be done at the plate.
“Of course, there’s stuff offensively that he needs to keep working on, and now is a good time for him to go down there (AAA) and do that,” Cora added.
Cora believes he’s in a tough situation, with plenty of depth at the second base position for the Red Sox. And on top of that, there’s middle infield talent at the minor league levels too.
“We were very pleased,” Cora later said. “But as of right now, he needs at-bats. I know it’s tough to be in this situation, but Christian (Arroyo) has done a solid job with us. Now we got Danny (Santana), we got Marwin (Gonzalez), we got Enrique (Hernandez) – we got a lot of guys that can cover us at second (base), short(stop), third and first base.”
Cora even recalled his own experiences, being in the same situation Chavis is.
“It’s tough, as a player I can tell you that,” he said. “I was in that same situation in 2000, and it sucks. But that’s part of becoming a big leaguer. At one point, he’s gonna be in the other situation, and hopefully he can force our hand – he goes there and dominates triple-A.”