Meet Chris Salvey: Offensive Connoisseur, Defensive Wizard
Chris Salvey is the Royals’ newest corner infielder that will be joining the team this summer. Entering his senior summer league season, he has chosen to compete in the Valley Baseball League to close out his career.
One big reason Salvey chose the VBL over other leagues is exposure. The Royals have a rich history of players getting drafted to the MLB, and he hopes to be another alumni added to the list.
“I do want to play professional baseball, so [the VBL] will help a lot,” said Salvey.
Standing at 6 foot, 4 inches, Salvey is an intimidating presence at the plate and is just as good with his glove. In his sophomore season at Cumberland County College (Vineland, NJ), he led the Dukes to a 55-7 record, while finishing third place in the NJCAA DIII World Series.
Salvey hit a monstrous .407 for the season, and led the NJCAA with 18 home runs and 82 RBI in 62 games. He also named to the NJCAA Division III Rawlings Gold Glove Team for his excellence at first base, having committed only five errors in the entire season.
Salvey is now at Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, TN), and will be competing at the NCAA Division II level before heading to Winchester.
It will be difficult to top a season like he experienced in 2017, especially in a new landscape this spring, but he is ready for the challenge.
“I want to keep a lot of what I did last year the same as far as my preparations, as well as keeping my swing and everything with that kind of the same. I’m not really changing a lot, but I just want to build on what I had last year.”
In the past, Salvey has participated in another summer league in Virginia, so the VBL should not be anything new to him.
“I do not think the transition will be that hard. I’d say the competition will be a little better.”
Miguel Cabrera is a player that comes to mind when thinking of Salvey at the plate. In fact, he has even been compared to Miggy in the past not only by his stat sheet, but his approach.
“He just attacks. Simple swing, everything is quiet. That is kind of how I am. I watch a lot of videos on his swing and what he does,” said Salvey.
He will likely take over at first base for the Royals this season and will be a valuable asset with his advanced hitting ability. Expect him to make an immediate impact to an already deep hitting squad. With a season of Division II experience under his belt upon arriving to the team, Salvey has the potential to replicate or do even better than his sophomore season for the Dukes.
The Royals are extremely excited to welcome Chris to the team, and look forward to reaping the several benefits of his services.
By Jack Margaros, Follow on Twitter @JackMargaros