BA wrote in part about Davis:
One of five college first basemen taken in the '08 draft's first round—a group that includes Yonder Alonso, David Cooper, Allan Dykstra and Justin Smoak—Davis this season led the quintet in average, home runs, RBIs, OPS (.906) and isolated power (.226). The power came at a cost: He also averaged the most strikeouts per at-bat (26 percent) and posted the lowest walk-to-strikeout ratio (.48), indicating areas for improvement.In his chat, Ben Badler's very first Q&A concerned Davis:
ray (ct): is ike davis have a chance to be a everyday 1b or even a allstar?
Ben Badler: Definitely. I watched him take BP for Team USA before they left for the World Cup (I believe they're on MLB Network right now) and he showed more raw power than anyone else there, including Justin Smoak and Pedro Alvarez. It�s not a simple swing, but he�s produced this year and there�s plenty of raw power there."Not a simple swing" - that cracks me up a little. All at once, it's true, gentle and charitable.
For Nieuwenhuis, BA wrote in part:
After hitting a combined three home runs in June and July, Nieuwenhuis began pulling the ball for power in August. The results: he batted .345/.406/.647 with six homers and 13 doubles in 27 games, earning a promotion to Double-A for the final week. ... that assault on Florida State League pitching catapulted him to a No. 1 ranking among league batters in doubles (35), slugging (.467), extra-base hits (56) and runs scored (91). He finished third with 16 home runs. A physical, lefty-swinging center fielder, Nieuwenhuis will have to reign in the strikeouts as he advances, but it's an encouraging full-season debut for an NAIA product who bypassed low Class A.While going bonkers in August, Nieuwenhuis struck out at a similar rate (24 in 116 AB) as he did for the rest of the FSL season, in which he whiffed between 22 and 27 times in every full month of action to finish with 118 in 123 games. He fanned nine times, and drew four walks in eight games in AA where he hit .406 (13-32) with five XBH. He's a near lock to start 2010 at AA.