Third baseman J.D. Davis – photo credit to Rich Guill (@QCBanditPhotog)
The Astros did a good job drafting A.J. Reed and Davis in the 2014 draft. They are making Astros fans forget the failure to sign number one pick Brady Aiken with these later signings. While Reed has been promoted to Double-A, Davis is still doing his thing in Lancaster. He is showing the makings of a good player, but we have all been warned on the impact of the California League on offensive stats. Is Davis’ offensive output a representation of who he is as a player or is he a player getting a homefield advantage?
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When Davis makes his debut with the Hooks, maybe it will be time for another trip to see him play. However, with the minor league regular season drawing to a close, I don’t see too many roster moves with a few weeks left. Davis was drafted in the third-round of the 2014 draft and had a great start to his professional career. He, like Reed, was a two-way player at Cal State Fullerton. Like Reed, the Astros liked Davis’ ability as a hitter more than as a pitcher.
Earlier in the season, I was able to interview him here: Keeping up with the Houston Astros Prospects: J.D. Davis. One thing that Davis needs to work on is his defense with 17 errors on the season at third base. This could be the reason he is still at Lancaster while Reed is at Corpus because he needs to work on his defense. The Astros want to take their time with Davis like they did with former farmhand Brett Phillips, to make sure he is successful.
To say that Davis is hot at the plate is being a little like Captain Obvious. Before last night’s game, Davis had hit a home run in six-straight games for the JetHawks.
Last 10 Games via MiLB.com
.378/ 7 HR/ 17 RBI/ 5 walks
2015 Season with JetHawks (Class-A):
.285/ 22 HR/ 88 RBI/ 45 BB.
Some splits for Davis
Versus left-handers: .308
Versus right-handers: .280
Home games: .333
Away games: .246
Davis shows a solid slash line of .285/ .364/ .516/ .879. What type of player will he profile as in the majors? Maybe a Chase Headley type player at his peak with Padres. A few things to point out is that he has 133 strikeouts in 417 at-bats and that his original position in college was first base and reliever. He is learning how to play third base, so expect some growing pains along the way.
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