Staying true to their philosophy of selecting the best player available, regardless of position, the Red Sox Thursday night chose Georgia high school shortstop Michael Chavis with their first of two first round picks.
Chavis played at Sprayberry High in Marietta, Ga., and was named the outstanding high school player in Georgia this year.
"I talked to (the Red Sox) a pretty decent amount before the draft,'' said Chavis in a conference call with reporters. "I went to both of their workouts in Georgia and when they called my name, I knew it was coming because I had talked to my agent and that's how I found out it was going to happen.
"But waiting up to this, up until that call, I had no idea and I was really hoping it would happen. I'm really thrilled that it came out that way.''
Chavis played mostly short, but the Sox have Xander Bogaerts and Deven Marrero ticketed there in the future. He's played some second and third and would be willing to move.
"I think that depends on where they need me most,'' said Chavis. "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.''
The Sox also have Garin Cecchini at third, while Dustin Pedroia is signed well into the future, with Mookie Betts behind him at second.
Chavis is just 5-10, but has shown great power in his career, defying his size.
"Growing up, I always have hit home runs,'' he said. "I didn't realize that I was quote-unquote undersized. But it's always been a major part of my game. Hopefully, it will continue in professional baseball.''
Chavis has a scholarship offer, but based on the enthusiasm he showed Thursday night, it doesn't seem as if signability will be much of a factor.
"I'm fairly comfortable saying that I am (ready to turn pro),'' he said.
Chavis has never been to Fenway Park before, but is looking forward to getting a chance to visit, and perhaps meet with Dustin Pedroia, whose game he greatly admires.
"I love watching Pedroia play,'' said Chavis. "He's a great player and how he plays and goes about the game, he's incredible. I think that's what some people are missing nowadays in baseball -- they kind of play lackadaisical and they just relax. I like how he plays 100 percent and plays as hard as he can every play of the game.''
Later in the first round, the Red Sox took righthanded pitcher Michael Kopech, a big (6-4, 195 pounds) power pitcher from Mt. Pleasant, Tx.
Kopech admires Nolan Ryan, the Godfather of Texas power pitchers, and even has a high leg kick in his delivery. That's created some issues with his mechanics, which may need some cleaning up.
Nonetheless, Kopech has a fastball that sits 94-95 mph and has touched 97-98 with a better-than-average breaking ball. He has a scholarship offer from the University of Arizona.
Kopech was chosen with the compensation pick for losing Jacoby Ellsbury.
With the 67th pick in the draft, the Red Sox selected first baseman Sam Travis out of Indiana.