Height/Weight: 6’5”, 195 lbs
Acquired: 1st rd ’08 (Arizona State)
Born: 3/22/87 (Edina, MN)
Why Ranked Here: Davis, who had a rough professional debut, shows off plus big league raw power in batting practice. He has not taken that leverage to games yet, failing to homer in his first season as a Brooklyn Cyclone, but it’s in there. Davis has sound footwork at first and as a former pitcher in college, the arm for right. However, those other attributes are of secondary importance to a player who was drafted 18th overall for his offensive gifts.
2008: After hitting .385/.457/.742 in 52 games with Arizona State, Davis began his professional career with a 15 game hit streak over which time he hit .292/.288/.385 without drawing a single walk. By July, Davis’s average was lurking around .250 and he was a mess at the plate. The only pitches he was hitting hard were fastballs thigh-high, middle in. He was getting beat by heaters up or in and was lunging hard onto his front foot chasing breaking balls. As Brooklyn made a late dash to the playoffs, Davis appeared to relax. In his final 58 AB, he hit .310/.394/.379 with 8 BB and 12 SO. concluding as
Dr. Pangloss Says: If it all comes together Davis could be a solid to above average regular at first or right.
On the Flipside: Davis had a concerning professional debut. Whether he was dealing with nagging injury or merely fighting himself mentally, his talent did not make the impact it should have. The good news is that no one makes a career out of the New York Penn League.
Projected 2009 Start: St. Lucie. Davis will take on the pitcher-friendly FSL.