Chavez has always put up decent, but generally not outstanding minor league numbers. His .267 average isn't really the problem, but the fact that his on-base percentage stands at .309 is a concern. The 24 year old infielder averages just over 18 walks per season, which is the main reason why his OBP is so low.
|YEAR / LEAGUE||HR||RBI||AVG||G||AB||R||H||2B||3B||SB||BB||KO||OBP|
|'99 LaVictoria (VSL)||14||49||.344||52||186||40||64||12||1||11||15||32||.392|
|'00 Giants (Rookie)||1||7||.276||7||29||2||8||0||1||1||1||5||.300|
|'01 Hagerstown (A)||2||3||.189||13||37||5||7||2||0||1||1||12||.231|
|'01 San Jose (A)||3||38||.244||84||316||37||77||22||2||10||16||60||.280|
|'02 San Jose (A)||8||62||.257||130||471||61||121||20||5||21||28||83||.303|
|'03 San Jose (A)||10||58||.280||120||478||69||134||23||6||20||22||60||.314|
|'04 Norwich (AA)||0||21||.198||89||308||22||61||8||2||6||24||53||.261|
|'04 Giants (Rookie)||1||5||.375||4||16||2||6||0||0||2||1||3||.389|
|'04 San Jose (A)||1||16||.389||12||54||12||21||5||0||2||4||7||.433|
|'05 San Jose (A)||5||19||.283||30||120||22||34||2||1||4||5||21||.310|
|'05 Fresno (AAA)||11||64||.281||89||334||46||94||17||3||5||17||59||.320|
|'05 San Francisco||0||1||.263||10||19||1||5||1||0||0||0||3||.263|
|Career - Minors||56||332||.267||630||2349||318||627||111||21||83||134||395||.309|
Batting and Power: Chavez has had three seasons of double digit homeruns, including a combined career-high of 16 at San Jose and Fresno last season. Still, he's certainly not a homerun hitter, averaging just eight homeruns per season. If he were to get on base more, Chavez would become much more valuable. His inability to walk though is a major obstacle to him progressing up the ranks.
Baserunning and Speed: Having stolen 41 bases over two seasons a few years back, Chavez has some base stealing ability. Again though, his inability to walk keeps him from getting on base more and that keeps him from using his speed.
Defense: This is a kid who is one of those slick fielders. He has played primarily at shortstop, but has experience at both third base and at second base. Chavez will sometimes boot the easy plays only to turn in a spectacular play right after that. It could be a lack of focus that causes the lapses.
Projection: Keep in mind that Chavez is still just 24 - he turns 25 in July - and that he could still refine some of his skills. Probably the best thing that could have ever happened to him was to get out of the Giants organization. Not because it's a bad organization, but Chavez likely needs some new people to work with and the classic change of scenery.
Reading was in desperate need of help on the left side of their infield. The arrival of Chavez will give them someone who they can stick at the shortstop spot and just go with him.
Kevin J. Cunningham of SFDugout.com sees Chavez as a utility type player who he believed could be a nice role player one day. "Chavez's best strength is in his versatility. Despite a surprising four errors in the Spring, he can play second, third and shortstop competently and has doubles power."
Ironically, Chavez skipped playing for his native Panama in the World Baseball Classic because he wanted to stay in camp and compete for a job with the Giants. While he would have likely started at shortstop for Panama, he wound up having a solid spring, including 10 doubles, but still found himself out of a job.