Red Sox’ no. 1 prospect Michael Chavis has been suspended for 80 games without pay, per a league announcement on Friday. Chavis tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. He was slated to begin the 2018 season in Double-A Portland later this month.
The 22-year-old third baseman batted a cumulative .282/..347/.563 with 31 home runs and a .901 OPS in 524 plate appearances for High-A Salem and Double-A Portland in 2017. He was selected by the team in the first round of the 2014 draft and has consistently ranked among Boston’s top ten prospects every year since then. While his power and high strikeout rate has yet to be tempered with patience at the plate and more developed pitch recognition, he was expected to continue climbing the rungs in the Red Sox’ farm system and break into the majors sometime within the next two years.
Following news of the suspension, Chavis issued a statement of his own:
Three other players were dinged for PED usage this week, including Giants’ no. 17 prospect, C.J. Hinojosa, who received a 50-game ban after his second positive test for a drug of abuse.